AirFareWatchDog was launched in 1998 by George Hobica, who was working as a travel journalist when he realized that there was a need for specialized consumer issues. AirFareWatchDog quickly grew into a success and became part of the Smarter Travel Media Network, which hosts a number of travel sites.
Officially launched in 2009, TripAlertz has found a new way to save travelers money while booking their vacation. TripAlertz specifically focuses on booking hotel rooms at a discounted room. However, TripAlertz also allows travelers to view and purchase airfare and car rental deals. There are specific deals set aside just for airfare and rental cars for users to take advantage of. There is also a "getaway" aspect to their model which allows travelers to bundle their trip and book it all with TripAlertz to save both time and money.
Founded in 2003 in Barcelona, Spain, BudgetPlaces.com burst onto the online travel booking scene in an attempt to provide affordable booking accommodations to travelers on an international scale. Their listings can be found in 700 different cities worldwide. Each month, Budget Places helps over 25,000 prospective travelers with their arrangements. Also, an average of 90,000 processed room night stays are completed each month. Budget Places has 47 destination-focused websites with over 5,000 directly contracted collaborating 1, 2 & 3 star hotels, hostels, apartments and bed & breakfasts worldwide.
Vacation.com provides an alternative online travel service by continuing to enlist the help of travel agents by matching travelers with one of their 25,000 professional travel agents. The North America-based company is a subsidiary of Travel Leaders Group and generates gross travel sales of approximately $20 billion and owns, franchises or is affiliated with 6,500 travel agencies in the U.S., Australia, Canada, United Kingdom and Ireland. Vacation.com’s focus is on the corporate traveler and how it can best help the corporate travel make the most of his or her vacation time.