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Social-travel sites to try when planning your next trip

This week, travel review giant TripAdvisor announced a new feature which highlights reviews from people in your social networks, in the hope that it can make finding the best travel advice easier and more fun.

It may boast 50 million users, but it’s by no means the first company to pursue the holy grail of using the internet to help us tap our virtual friends in a bid to travel better. Here, a look at some of the best sites out there for social travel inspiration:

Wanderfly
The latest version of Wanderfly launched last month with a new emphasis on ‘visual travel discovery’, as well as its clever mix of suggestions from tastemakers and friends from Facebook or Google contact lists.
http://www.wanderfly.com/

Trippy
Trippy has unashamedly taken a leaf out of Pinterest’s book, breaking down travel ideas into a pinboard and allowing users to repin their own favorite places.
http://www.trippy.com/

Triptrotting
With the tagline ‘not just another clueless tourist’, Triptrotting helps users scour their social networks in search of people they know to get advice, recommendations and even a bed for the night.
http://www.triptrotting.com/

Gogobot
Gogobot makes it easy to instantly see where friends have traveled to, displaying destinations, ratings and questions on a simple, Facebook-style feed for users.
http://www.gogobot.com/

Twigmore
Twigmore helps travelers to form a ‘friend-map’, connecting them to potential friends at destinations to ensure that they know people on the ground. It’s powered by Facebook.
http://www.twigmore.com/

TripAdvisor
The travel review giant’s new ‘Friends of Friends’ service automatically elevates reviews on its site which come from direct friends or people who know your friends, before allowing users to send messages to get further information if necessary.
http://www.tripadvisor.com/

Tripalong
Makemytrip forayed in social travel lets you find your friends on the flight you are on.

Source: http://www.nydailynews.com, Google.com,Corporate Websites

 
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Posted by on May 1, 2012 in Travel

 

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With trouble brewing between some major airlines and travel portals over issues concerning ticket pricing and revenue sharing, Air India has called all major online agencies to discuss how to overcome such problems, airline sources said today.

The national carrier would be holding separate meetings with representatives of these portals over the next few days to sort out a variety of problems relating to sharing of revenue and pricing of tickets, they said.

“We would want fairness, transparency and a non- discriminatory approach in our dealings with the portals. We should ensure that business is done with ethics and the passengers are not misled,” the sources said.

Late last month, aviation regulator DGCA had directed all airlines to stop participating in any ‘opaque fare’ scheme being offered by the online travel portals. ‘Opaque fares’ is a practice where a portal sells heavily discounted tickets but does not disclose the airline’s name until the payment is made by the customer.

Several airlines complained that through ‘opaque fares’, some portals were issuing low-priced tickets ofKingfisher Airlines under-cutting them, a charge denied by Vijay Mallya’s carrier.

Following this, no-frill airline IndiGo pulled out of the leading online travel portal MakeMyTrip (MMT) and Jet Airways drastically reduced its inventory on their site, alleging that MMT continued to offer “arbitrary andopaque fares” despite directives against such fares by the DGCA.

Source: TOI

 
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Posted by on April 20, 2012 in Travel

 

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