Deciding where to spend your holiday is one thing - but once you've been inspired, being able to book your package quickly and in the manner that suits you is so important.
But South Africans have not always had this flexibility available online. The latest online agency Travelcheck believes they are able to fill this gap.
Having just launched in South Africa, it is a privately funded venture and offers flight and hotel bundles, online booking for all major airlines and more than 300 000 hotels around the world.
Travelcheck sees its key differentiator from other online booking websites as being a dynamic packages feature - that it enables travellers to custom create holidays. However, pre-defined packages are available to book should travellers desire recommendations.
Mix & Match allows travellers to book more than one airline in the same ticket – for example, travellers can choose to fly from Cape Town to London on British Airways and return on Turkish Airlines without booking separate segments.
Its flight search engine features ‘Quick Share’ to facilitate seamless itinerary and price sharing to third-party messaging apps such as WhatsApp directly from the search results page.
“Travellers can save up to 25% by booking flights and hotels in a bundle rather than reserving these components separately, and features such as dynamic packages will give South Africans more choices when booking travel online,” says CEO, Odette Faling.
The OTA has also partnered with third parties to offer useful ancillaries which can be added during the online booking, including: lost luggage insurance, a cancellation and refund policy and flight ticket amendments. The website takes EFT and credit card payments (Visa, MasterCard, American Express and Diners Club), and customers can also complete payment over the phone.
Those using their service will also have access to Travelcheck customer service agents, active from Monday to Sunday inside business hours, and after-hours support is available around-the-clock to assist with urgent reservations.
"Dynamic packages and bundled bookings have helped travellers in more developed markets save time and money. We’re enthusiastic about being the first to bring this technology to South Africa,” said Faling.
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