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Meta sites... what do you think?

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1. Posted by grooverio (Budding Member 4 posts) 9y

Hi everybody :)

Its well known that this new trend of meta sites (sites in which you can search among various online travel providers) is getting bigger and bigger as days go by.

But what do you think about them
Have you ever had a good/bad experience with them?
Do you prefer the old style booking?
Do you have any funny personal experience you want to share?

I will be very happy if you can share some experiencies or opinions regarding this meta sites such as BookingBuddy, kayak, mobissimo, kayak, farechase, etc.

Thanks for sharing your opinions.

2. Posted by Sam I Am (Admin 5588 posts) 9y

I think they're okay, but I've never actually booked through one of them.... it's definitely the current rave though :)

3. Posted by Mel. (Travel Guru 4567 posts) 9y

Hello Grooverio

I am not exactly sure how many services meta sites cover.
Do the airline ticket booking sites fall under this?
I book all my flight online, now.
I like doing this, because I can spend plenty of time browsing and then making up my mind. I dont have an impatient travel agent, waiting for my decision, and a line of impatient people behind me, waiting to book their holiday.

Mel

4. Posted by grooverio (Budding Member 4 posts) 9y

Yes for sure you can search for a flight, hotel+flight and car services.

The main idea behind this so called meta sites is to make the searching process easier by searching to many online travel providers at a time.

5. Posted by Mel. (Travel Guru 4567 posts) 9y

I sometimes search www.billigflug.com when I want to search for flights, from a number of airlines, at once.

Mel

6. Posted by Herr Bert (Moderator 1384 posts) 9y

I still haven't found a site that gives me all the airlines I need. Most concentrate on the lowbudget-companies, but in most cases, there are also good offers from other companies, like LTU, Iberia, Alitalia. By only looking at these sites, you might not find the find deal.

Combining stuff (Flights, Car, Hotels etc) is a smart move by the company, that get a share from all these things. A lot of people will be tempted to complete their booking, in one go, but again, they might not get the best deal.

7. Posted by grooverio (Budding Member 4 posts) 9y

Good point Herr Bet , sometimes it might seem really atractive to book all in one, but the best deal might be in another one.

Also I havent found an "all in one airlines" meta search engine, some concentrate on lowbudget and other ones in the main ones as KLM, Air France, Iberia, etc...

And thanks for the advice Mel.

It would be interesting to know where have you found the best deal in a normal airline site or within a meta search engine...??? and what kind of flight it was?

8. Posted by Sam I Am (Admin 5588 posts) 9y

Quoting Herr Bert

Combining stuff (Flights, Car, Hotels etc) is a smart move by the company, that get a share from all these things. A lot of people will be tempted to complete their booking, in one go, but again, they might not get the best deal.

Actually, research is increasingly indicating that all these things are booked at different periods during the planning process. Ie. flights first, then a while later a car and accommodation (or vice versa, not entirely sure). In any case, the synergy from being able to 'upsell' on another product at the same time seems limited (although of course the site probably has a good chance of the user returning later on and then booking the remaining products)....

9. Posted by magykal1 (Travel Guru 2026 posts) 9y

I don't find that these sites are able to give any expert advice or opinion on what to book. I would normally rather find a smaller, more specialist site than a bucket-shop.

Having said that I have booked travel insurance through meta-sites a few times and found it very useful and cost effective.