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Travel booking portals of India- a comparison

Posted: May 15th, 2007 | Author: | Filed under: Tech check | Tags: , , , , , , , , , , | 3 Comments »

Travel portal in India
MakemyTrip was the first entrant in this space and started with air ticket booking, however, now they have variety of services like hotel booking (domestic and international), holiday packages (domestic and international) and car rental.

Plus:
You can signup for SMS alerts for lowest airfares and discounted holidays.
Travel tips, city guides and videos.

Minus:
Total air fair including taxes is shown on the last screen.
The airfare search does not include Air deccan’s flights.

Yatra.com offers holiday packages, flight/hotel booking (domestic and international), car and bus booking. I tried many combinations to find bus service; however, I could not find one. Yatra.com has a travel community portal Raahi, which has city guides, travel guides, reviews and more.

Plus:
Cash booking facility (in few cities) which no website provides
Let’s you find the best air fair +/- 2 days of your journey date.

Cleartrip.com lets you book domestic flights and hotels. The website has uncluttered design. Cleartrip has recently added city guides.

Plus:
You can find lowest air fare in a month through Cleartrip calendar
You can search air fares through mobile also, however, you can not book a ticket through mobile.

Minus:
Does not include Goair in flight search.
Show un-relevant flight options, while searching for flights between Mumbai and Delhi, results include Mumbai-Kolkata-Delhi flights.

Travelguru.com offers flight, hotel bookings, holiday packages and cruises (India and abroad). You can sign up for SMS updates from travelguru, however, unlike Make my trip you can not choose itinerary.

Ezeego1, promoted by Cox and Kings is a complete travel portal. It has flight, hotel, car, rail, cruise reservations, visa information, city guide and more. The rail reservation is for Europe only.

Apart from these travel portals there are few air fair search aggregator like Zoomtra, Mobissimo India, Yahoo India Farechase and Rediff Fair Search.

Out of these aggregators, Zoomtra has some good features like setting up the alerts for desired air fair and also shows the cheap air fair available in it’s ticker.


3 Comments on “Travel booking portals of India- a comparison”

  1. 1 Cheap Flights in India said at 3:05 pm on July 9th, 2007:

    Readers – You should try http://www.iXiGO.com

    We are currently the most comprehensive (14 Airlines, 3 OTAs) and most unbiased travel search engine in the Indian market.

    We can confidently claim to have the cheapest fares on any given sector on any given date since between the airlines and OTAs we show fares from, we are bound to found the cheapest options for you within a few seconds.

    We show all prices with taxes included, and we dont claim to sell any 99 Rs. tickets because we want consumers to know the absolute price that hits their pockets.

    Finally – try it once, and tell us if any other portal can match our prices, speed or usability, for flights.

  2. 2 prakash said at 10:02 pm on October 8th, 2007:

    TolMol.com, the comparison shopping portals also offers travel comparison service. It allows users to compare air fare with train fare.

    We frequent travelers now can be rest assured to find best deals.

  3. 3 triediXiGO said at 11:53 am on October 17th, 2007:

    I tried using iXiGO after reading comment above.

    My search was for 3 adults. However search returned flights with price per person (when I was expecting to get total price for 3).

    Whats the use of asking number of travelers in search then?


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