GetGoing Review • Travel Essentials • Google not Helping Hotels • China Travel Compilation • 124 Travel Briefs • Travel Aspirations

GetGoing Mini Review: an Interesting Variation on Opaque Booking Priceline and Hotwire have proved that airlines and hotels are willing to provide deep discounts on unsold inventory through “opaque” distribution channels. The idea is that the shopper purchases the product based on a generic description and the actual brand and product are revealed only after…

Peek.com Mini-Review • Hotels & OTAs: Better Together • Travel Health Benefits? • 134 Travel Briefs • Travel Aspirations

Mini Review: Peek Destination Activity Booking Site Peek, a destination activities guide and booking site which launched late last year, is backed by Google chairman Eric Schmidt and Twitter and Square co-founder Jack Dorsey. Schmidt and Dorsey know a good thing when they see it. There are other sites and apps that do destination activity…

Review: EuroCheapo Hotel Search & Booking

2012-09-20 Update: We shared this review with the folks at EuroCheapo via Twitter and they replied: Excellent recap. You know what you’re talking about & touched on nearly every design/feature debate we’ve had the past 4 months. New York-based EuroCheapo, which has been around since 2001, just relaunched its hotel search and booking site. Interaction designer…

Review: Mapov Hotel Search

Startup Mapov combines hotel deals and TripAdvisor review data to inform a novel map-based hotel search. My colleague Troy (an interaction designer) and I looked at the site. We tried our usual Paris hotel search scenario since the number and density of hotels in Paris makes for a good design and performance stress test. Pros:…