Are you planning your next vacation? Check out these travel deals before you make reservations
As travel began to resume after a nearly two-year hiatus due to the COVID-19 pandemic, travel agencies and websites offered a slew of offers to encourage customers to book for their next travel destinations.
Buy now Pay later
Many companies, including SOTC, Thomas Cook and Goibibo.com, among others, offer customers the option to book their travel now and pay for it later. Amazon Pay Later also gives users the option to book flights and pay later through EMIs.
“When booking a trip (flight or hotel) on Goibibo, aspiring travelers who choose to travel without making payment at the time of booking receive short-term credit from NBFC partners and banks through a platform which assesses the credit worthiness of customers in a matter of seconds using data science models,” said Vipul Prakash, Chief Operating Officer at Goibibo.
Thomas Cook India is also offering a “travel now, pay when you return” service with zero handling fees, among other offerings, said Rajeev Kale, President and Country Head, Holidays, MICE, Visa-Thomas Cook (India) Limited.
“Travel Now Pay Later received a strong response of 1.5x over pre-COVID levels, reiterating vacation demand,” said Daniel D’Souza, President and National Head of Vacations, SOTC Travel.
Buy one get one free
As the upcoming holiday season approaches, it is offering travel deals. SOTC also offers special offers. “Indians are value seekers par excellence and our recently launched monsoon campaign and Durga Pujo Holidays are running specials like Buy One Get One Free,” D’Sousa said, adding that these specials would also be extended for the next few months. festive holidays.
Thomas Cook is also offering “buy one, get one free” deals and early bird deals, among other things, Kale said. The company has also partnered with HDFC Bank and Mastercard to offer exclusive cashback on credit/debit card payments for select Southeast Asian holidays.
Makemytrip’s MyBiz platform offers organizations access to live inventory of hotels, flights and taxis, all at special corporate prices that come with added benefits including transfers airport, meals, etc. According to the company’s website, the platform is used by over 14,000 organizations and over 2.5 lakh business travellers. It also offers itinerary changes, easy cancellations at minimum cost with 24/7 customer support, the website says.
Price lock, youth program and other offers
Goibibo has introduced the “price lock” feature which allows travelers to reserve their seats without paying the actual ticket price in advance. “Price Lock further protects travelers from any price hikes by allowing them to buy the ticket at the same fixed price later. It’s a useful way to get more time and save money because you can lock in a great airfare for up to seven days while they finalize their travel plans,” Prakash said.
The company also offers customers offers such as “Daily Steal Deal” in which customers can choose from more than 2,000 offers updated daily and receive discounts of up to 50% on top rated hotels as well as reservations. last-minute flights, he said, adding, “Since its launch earlier this year, this offer has attracted over 7 lakh users.”
Goibibo also offers a “youth program” that meets the needs of young travellers. Up to 2.3 lakh youngsters are members, Prakash said, adding that the scheme offers travel benefits and co-branded offers to members.