Metasearch Engines Make Travel Booking A Breeze

Metasearch Engines Evolving Into Excellent Travel Booking Sites

In the beginning, if you wanted to book airfare online you visited each airline’s individual website, entered your search criteria, and compared the prices, routes, and travel times from the multiple sites prior to booking. Ditto for hotels. It worked, but the process ate up a lot of time and was extremely frustrating.

Sensing an opportunity, sites like Expedia and Travelocity sprung up. These search engines gathered all the information on airfares and hotels and made it available on a single site. That was better, but some things were still missing. In order to read customer reviews about hotels travelers could visit TripAdvisor, but once again that meant visiting multiple sites prior to making travel decisions. Enter metasearch engines. These relatively new sites incorporate everything into one place, making travel research and booking a breeze.

23 Comments on “Metasearch Engines Evolving Into Excellent Travel Booking Sites

  1. Expedia was started by Microsoft and later spun off as a multi-billion dollar company because it was “no longer about software intensive technology” and they were “concerned that they would not do their best at this.”‘`

  2.  and travel times from the multiple sites prior to booking. Ditto for hotels. It worked, but the process ate up a lot of time and was extremely frustrating

  3. travel times from the multiple sites prior to booking. Ditto for hotels. It worked, but the process ate up a lot of time and was extremely frustrating

  4.  I must say that I am a contracted travel writer for UpTake.com, but then I wouldn’t be working for them unless they were the best.

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  8. your search criteria, and compared the prices, routes, and travel times from the multiple sites prior to booking. Ditto for hotels. It worked, but the process ate up a lot of time and was extremely frustrating

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  11. Hmm…I’m in the industry as well and never heard of meta-search-engines but am teachable. I could not quite gather the difference between Expedia, Travelocity, or Uptake.com as they all sell multiple travel products and all have travel reviews directly on their site. Anyways, for that matter my own company Get A Trip.com has all the travel products and we utilize Trip Advisor. What we are trying to do is branch off into point to point global train travel as well. This will be a live site in August of 2009. In the meantime I will tell my friends of a wonderful new site Uptake.com!

    • Hi Get A Trip:
      Meta search simply refers to sites that scrape content from multiple sources and present it in one place – like Orbitz and Expedia. They are generally focused on selling airfare and hotel rooms, although most have now incorporated customer reviews from independent sources like Trip Advisor. They also target customers who already know where they want to go. UpTake, on the other hand, is for people who don’t yet know where they want to go – customers can put in criteria (beach, golf, mountains, budget trips, etc) and be presented with suggestions for where to go. Once they decide, the options for flights and hotels are presented, along with unbiased Trip Advisor reviews. Interesting idea on trains – especially with the Obama administration solidly backing rapid rail. Wouldn’t it be great if we had a rail system like Europe? Best of luck with your site.

  12. You can visit different websites and look up for reviews from other client. And then you can finaly choose.

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