Technology

Is this app changing the OTA game?

As the market becomes more and more saturated by apps and websites that focus on finding the best price for booking leisure travel, it’s no never really surprising when a new player steps onto the scene.

Enter curation.

The travel trend that’s probably been on your radar for a long time, but is only just making its way into the world of travel apps, as developers catch wind of millennials emphasis on travelling for experience, rather than cost-effectiveness.

This is where TravelPirates comes in.

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They’ve been on the European scene since 2011 and are just starting to gain popularity in the US, and on the surface, they’re not THAT different from other OTAs.

TravelPirates searches websites for cheap flights, hotels, travel packages, vouchers and bus and train deals.

They’re don’t offer the level of personalisation of a travel agency, but they do have a team of “deal hunters” to search through and present what they consider to be the best deals.

Which, to the modern traveller, who is constantly bombarded by an influx of deals, can be very comforting.

According to Forbes, it’s the ‘hand-picked’ deals that make the difference.

Their Trip Finder community also lets users post requests and get customised offers picked by the company and other community members.

Not to mention, they send out updates and alerts about new deals that customers can customise to only see what’s relevant to their travel needs.

Prepare yourselves, OTAs, it looks like TravelPirates are preparing to board ship.



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