As Airlines Begin To Cut Out The Middlemen, Internet Start Up TravelSpec Launches New Features That Give Choice Back To Consumers
Consumer groups have complained that travelers are receiving less choice as the airline sector experiences a major shakeup.
This criticism is a response to the recent news that American Airlines is removing its flights from the search results of some of the largest Online Travel Agencies (including Expedia and Orbitz) in the aim to reduce costs and sell tickets directly on their website. The trend is set to continue. After having been adopted by a number of the low cost airlines in recent years, the legacy carriers are looking to follow their lead.
As a result of this growing shift in the industry, Internet travel search and information site, TravelSpec, has launched tools that allow consumers to view all airline options, even if they do not appear in the Travel Agency price results.
Founded in 2009 by Rafi Neumann, TravelSpec is a meta-search site with a difference. It searches through hundreds of airline and travel sites to find the cheapest flights, and then informs the user if there are any other airline options that they can take. This ensures that consumers have access to all of the information that they requested. “We were sick of trying to find flights that we knew were out there but couldn’t find, TravelSpec is our answer to that problem” Explains Rafi.
TravelSpec’s new features take this even further. It suggests “alternative routes” to the user such as flights to Miami. Among these suggestions is the ability to notify users (with almost 100% accuracy!) if there is a direct flight from a nearby departure or destination airport, or if a route is available on a different date. They can then compare the price of this flight, or go to the airline’s website.
If the user would like to search for routes alone, they can use the Interactive Route Finder Map. This enables the user to search which airlines fly to or from any airport, city, state, or country anywhere in the world.
These new features are all about serving the consumer every available result, and then giving them the tools to choose the best flight as an individual, “It is called the complete travel choice because it puts the consumer back in the driving seat of their search, they can make informed choices knowing that they have all the options available, whether it be flights to Miami, flights to New York or even Manila”.
Founded in 2009 by Rafi Neumann, TravelSpec is a meta-search site with a difference. It searches through hundreds of airline and travel sites to find the cheapest flights to any destination including flights to Miami, New York and London and then informs the user if there are any other airline options that they can take. This ensures that consumers have access to all of the information that they requested.
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