I recently got sneak peek of Tripfab’s product demo, a new start up in stealth mode.
What I like about Tripfab is they are taking social travel planning and combining it with supplier direct online bookings in a unique user friendly drag and drop travel booking tool. This is the next phase in online booking. Just as the airlines are moving to the direct to consumer model, travel suppliers (hotels, tour & activity providers) have been looking for ways to increase direct to consumer bookings without paying 25%-35% commissions to the OTA’s.
Through the Tripfab online booking platform consumers can not only book direct, you can also email the travel supplier, do a live chat if the supplier is online and request a live call to the travel supplier free of charge. The main killer feature of the trip itinerary tool is a drag and drop feature where you can drag a hotel, an activity, nightlife and restaurants onto a four-column itinerary split up between Morning, Afternoon, Night and Stay.
Another feature enables you to alert travel suppliers in the destination that you are visiting when you are planning on traveling so you have the opportunity to receive last minute offers on things like activities and tours.
When you checkout (buy your trip) you can view all the availability of the trip you just planned all on one page. You then proceed to pay with a credit card. I really like the User interface and the simplicity behind the entire booking process. In a way Tripfab is aggregating the entire travel opportunities available in a destination then displaying it in an appealing and easy to use interface. I assume that the business model is transactional and that the travel suppliers will pay some form of a commission.
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