Advantages One stop shop, good prices
Disadvantages Inflexible, the annoying pop-ups
I'd read about this website in the travel section of my Sunday paper. It sounded so good that for my summer trip Inter-Railing in Europe (also see my review of my hotel in Paris), I decided to give it a try.
The site is part of MoneySupermarket.com. What is does is basically search the Internet for you. So rather than visit Lastminute.com, Opodo, Travelocity, you just use one site. Why spend hours trawling through sites, when one does it all for you? So much quicker and easier, and you will get a bargain.
Of course, the site claims to search a vast number of travel sites (and I'm sure it does), but it doesn't search the entire Internet - none of theses sites do. So you are never guaranteed the best possible price. I think it is important to stress this.
The home page is far too busy for my liking, as I prefer simple website design. There are banner ads, and links to services such as "e-mail alerts to this week's best buys" and "top destinations" (possibly unnecessary, possibly useful, depending on your point of view). The home page basically consists of a list of the websites the site searches for hotels, car hire and flights. There is perhaps an assumption you know what the site is, as it isn't explained.
You can buy all kinds of travel related things - hotels, flights, travel insurance and car hire. You click on the link to what you're looking to buy on the bar across the top of the page. As well as just one product, you can also search for flight, hotel and car hire together. You can also look at flight and hotel, or flight and car hire. (But not hotel and car hire).
You are given these options again when you click on one…a bit pointless, surely you already know what you want? Although admittedly it might not have occurred to you to buy, say, hotel and flight together.
The site is not difficult to navigate. It is just a bit busy and there are too many links which all go to the same page.
The pages all tend to have banner ads, which I just find annoying as it makes the site too busy. They are travel-related, so some people might be interested. One thing that really bugs me is the annoying pop-ups…every time you click on a new page. Excessive and annoying.
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