Times have changed!!!
Just a decade back, very few would have dreamt of booking bus, rail, flight, hotels online from the comforts of their couch.
But now, it would sound foolish not to do so.
With the advent of online marketing, entire travel can be planned and booked in advance online.
In India for instance, there are many travel related websites making hay of current market situation.
However, only few have been able to make their mark so far.
Here we compare for you few such best online travel giants in India:
|Travel site||Traffic ranking (India) – Courtesy Alexa||Offerings||Discounts (Points out of 10)|
|Makemytrip||65||Flight, Hotel, Bus, Rail, Packages||Mostly through points or complete package travel. 8/10|
|Cleartrip||124||Flight, Hotel, Bus, Rail||Comes up with good discounts for short period. 8.5/10|
|Travelguru||1319||Flight, Hotel, Packages||Has 5 to 10% discount always. 9/10|
|Yatra||146||Flight, Hotel, Packages||Comes up with discounts for short period. 8.5/10|
|GoIbibo||155||Flight, Hotel, Bus, Packages||Best among others. Good 20% off mostly with an upper limit. 9.5/10|
|Expedia||611||Flight, Hotel, Bus, Car, Packages||Intended more for foreign visitors. Direct hotel discount if available. 8.5/10|
|Travel site||Customer service||Our Ranking Hotel(1-High)||Our Ranking Flight (1-High)|
|Travelguru||Promoting through CSR. 9/10||2||4|
|Expedia||Expanding in India. 8/10||6||6|
Agoda, Booking, Hotels, Musafir are few other online marketing organizations making arduous efforts to move up the charts.
Edit (after further 6 months of usage):
Goibibo seems to be doing pretty well and was adjudged the top travel website in 2014.
TravelGuru is still the simplest and easiest to use with consistent discounts and good user experience.
MakeMyTrip still continues to have the widest possible range of hotels across India.
Yatra has come up with an excellent time saving feature for customers where for air tickets, at the time of selecting dates itself, the going air prices can be seen.
Yatra Hotels has also added a host of hotels to its repertoire recently. Follow this link for booking a hotel through Yatra.
Expedia IND is still the favorite for foreign travelers or offbeat hotel buys.
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Disclaimer: Comparisons made above are solely based on personal experiences with no intention of maligning any organization/product offering. Others are free to raise their counter views for readers benefit.
Last updated: June 24, 2015 at 19:35 pm