The Travel Startup Blog

Monday, July 30, 2007

New, New, New!

Well a lot has been going on here at Travature and we just decided that we should take a second to blog about everything that is happening:

First off we have quite a few new partners both domestic and international soon to be up in our flight search engine. On the international front there is Singapore Airlines, Virgin Atlantic, Austrian Airways, the whole LAN line (Chile, Argentina, Ecuador, Peru, and Dominicana), and Air Canada. As for Domestic airlines we have the new and great additions of Aloha Airlines and Midwest Airlines.

If you haven't heard of Midwest Airlines we recommend you check them out, they are not only a great low-cost airline but they figured out the impossible...yes you guessed right they have figured out how to bake chocolate chip cookies while in the air and serve them to you on every flight (Science holds no boundaries)!

On the user interface side of things our new spec-view is up and running, here is a sample of what it looks like:
As you can see the new spec-view comes complete with:

1) See results as they are found on the internet

2) No additional loading time to see flights on other pages

3) A nifty new look which will keep you coming back for more

On another note, quite a few people have been sending in questions regarding how our flight meta-search works and how it is different from Expedia or Travelocity. There are quite a few differences but the main one being that as a meta-search service we simply run our search, return all of the flights that fit the user's criteria and then put them in order of price from lowest to highest.

The easiest way to think of our service is that instead of having the user go to every site (both airlines and online travel agents) and enter in their desired flight information by hand we do all the hard and tedious work for them; so if they enter that information only once on our site then the list of cheapest flights from many different airlines and online travel agents are returned quickly. The user then selects their flight and books directly through the airline or online travel agent of their choice, there is no middle man taking a cut of the profits, just an efficient, user-friendly, and best of all free service.

The end result is saving our users both time and money!

Now that you know what "We" do it begs the question of what "They" do...The Expedia's, Travelocity's and so forth have a different setup where you book directly through them. They are what is considered a re-seller, basically they are buying the fare from an airline and reselling it to the user. Sometimes this works out to be the cheapest and other times not...

Well I hope that explains a little about what we are doing, at Travature we always appreciate user comments so keep them coming and we will answer them the best we can. Other than that be ready for a few big developments on the horizon.


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