Back in 2006, a small group of Danish developers with a like-minded mission to make travel more affordable and accessible drafted up a service that would benefit international travel. As a result, Momondo was officially launched. Momondo is a free and independent online flight search platform that provides a high level of transparency across the travel market. The Momondo developers were able to use their knowledge to develop a code, robot program that worked to provide people with real insight into flight prices.
Founded in 2000, SeatGuru is a travel booking site that has received several awards, including being listed in Forbes Top 12 Travel Sites, Travel and Leisure's Top Travel Sites, and PC Magazine's Top 100.
StudentUniverse is the online booking leader for students and youth looking to travel on a tight budget. It was officially launched in 2000 and remains a privately-help company. The StudentUniverse platform is made up of a network of global partners which provides discounted pricing on flights, hotels, and tours. They have proprietary verification technology which ensures that individuals accurately maintain student status since the discounts are designed to benefit them while in school. The company executive offices/headquarters can be found in Waltham, Massachusetts.
Founded in 2006, TripIt is an online travel company whose goal is to create the perfect mobile app for travelers. The company's app for smartphones and tablets allows consumers to select their travel destinations and focus on individualizing their itineraries.
Founded in 2001, AirGorilla is a travel booking site that aggregates information from a number of other search services and allows consumers to book flights, hotels, car rentals, and vacation packages through its platform.
Originally founded in 1998, ebookers.com started out by providing online booking services to those interested in taking part in unique travel experiences at an affordable rate. They work with over 400 airlines and more than 270,000 hotels, rental car providers, and tour/insurance providers to ensure affordable travel rates/prices. Those familiar with the Expedia platform will be comfortable using ebookers as they are owned by the same parent company and function similarly.
TravelZoo was launched in 1998 out of Mountain View, California. Unlike most travel booking sites, TravelZoo does not primarily function as a travel provider. Instead, they are classified as an internet media company which hosts a site with published deals from more than 2,000 travel, entertainment, and and local businesses (such as restaurants). TravelZoo is currently the largest publisher off all three discounted deals (travel, entertainment, business).
Trip Advisor is not a booking company, but a search engine for finding cheap flights. This website is unique because it was one of the first travel search engines to feature user generated content. The website is supported financially with an advertising business model. You can simultaneously see deals from sites such as Expedia, Travelocity, and other booking services. Occasionally, content is provided directly from travel service provider websites.
Hipmunk prides itself on how easy the company makes it for travelers to compare and choose flights through visual organization. Hipmunk ranks flights by chronology, airports, cost, and "agony," which is the amount of time associated with layovers and stops.
Jetsetter launched in 2009 in an effort to help travelers book unique travel experiences at an affordable price. In order to be listed on the company's platform, travel accommodations must meet specific standards.