Travel Ticket/Hotel booking dilemna – which online travel marketing giant to choose from in India

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.

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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)
Makemytrip Established. 9.5/10 3 1
Cleartrip 8/10 4 2
Travelguru Promoting through CSR. 9/10 2 4
Yatra 8/10 5 3
GoIbibo Expanding. 7/10 1 5
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

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[…] Hotel bookings have come of age. There was a time when Hotels used to be booked after reaching the destination. It was not that there was no rush. There was but then only few used to book in advance. But, with the advent of technology, authentic advance bookings can now be done online. We have previously seen the various ticket/hotel booking websites operating in India. […]

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Goibibo is best for hotel booking.

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