Trabber Keeper

I got a suggestion recently after my review of my personal favorite travel sites to take a look at a new one: trabber.com. This website is still in Beta stage, so its just an initial review. It starts off very similar as kayak.com in that is searches a lot of travel sites at once. However, the initial disadvantage with Trabber is that it searches only four United States travel sites (AirTran, Expedia, Orbitz, and JetBlue). I'm sure this will change in the near future since the United States is the largest travel market. There are however no shortages of European travel sites which include low cost as well as traditional carriers. For basis of comparison here is the list of airlines found on kayak.com and mobissimo.com.

As impressive as large lists are, I was curious to do a real life example. Since Trabber is predominantly European as they are a European company, I will do a search for a European flight. I'll assume the following: One adult, roundtrip, June 16 to June 23, any time, from Berlin to Paris. Lowest price wins. I will try three consolidation engines, Trabber, Kayak and Mobissimo. Here are the results:

Trabber: I used both trabber.com and trabber.de and came up with a $203 ticket on trabber.com and 143 Euro ($193) on trabber.de, both on SwissAir

Kayak: $225 on Air France

Mobissimo: $193 ticket for SwissAir

Recap: Overall, even though it appears that trabber is limited in its overall United States searches, its European ones are top notch. However, in my case I had to go to the German trabber to get a good deal. In addition, there isn't a function to search for hotels and cars which is the next logical thing to search for. Granted, this is a Beta release, so I'm sure some more features are on its way. As of now however, I'll stick with Kayak, Orbitz and Mobissimo as a first choice as I've gotten good results using these sites, but I will be sure to glance at trabber to confirm any best deal that I think I've found.

What do you think? Do you know of any new up and coming travel sites worth looking at?

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Anonymous Randall Graves said...

It’s interesting you compare Trabber to Kayak and Mobissimo. I get that it’s a European based search engine, but the biggest issue I see is that they rely way to heavily on sites like Orbitz, and Expedia for their inventory. IMO it’s nothing special. You still have to deal with relatively hard to deal with customer service (If a problem arises) and you also have to pay undisclosed booking fees. Doesn’t really make much sense if you ask me. I’ve always been a fan of Sidestep which is available in both US and UK markets. An additional benefit is the extra travel info available there which I know has helped me in the past. The fact that meta search sites like Sidestep and the aforementioned Kayak, are the better way to go. Unless it’s a sponsored consolidator link (like Orbitz) you deal directly with the airline, and book with them avoiding booking fees. On top of that, if there is a problem, you don’t have to go through multiple channels to get your support, you go directly with the airline you booked with (Same with car or hotel). Unless Trabber decides to abandon their consolidator only model, I really don’t think they’re offering is that impressive.

08 June, 2007 12:01  
Blogger Nick said...

I prefere www.weefly.com

26 November, 2007 11:47  

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