SOURCE: InsideTrip.com

InsideTrip.com

May 20, 2010 06:00 ET

InsideTrip Launches Most Advanced Flight Rating Technology for Consumers

Innovative Travel Search Features and Functionality Take the Guess-Work Out of Today's Travel Planning

SEATTLE, WA--(Marketwire - May 20, 2010) -  As the only online travel shopping site providing TripQuality(SM), an award-winning flight search technology that rates airline itineraries on 12 quality elements, InsideTrip announces, following a beta test period, the official launch of www.InsideTrip.com, introducing a series of new innovative features. With summer vacations right around the corner, many people dread what lies ahead -- from wading through hundreds of possible flight itineraries to the potential hassles and frustrations that come with the actual flying experience itself. Planning the perfect trip doesn't have to be such a daunting task with InsideTrip on the consumer's side. 

"At InsideTrip, we help take the guesswork out of the air travel process by doing an expert evaluation beforehand and thus minimizing potential surprises that can occur during the trip," said Dave Pelter, founder and chief executive officer of InsideTrip. "There really are some great air itineraries out there with new planes and generous legroom, and flown by airlines that don't believe in using nickel-and-diming fees for bags and drinks. You just need to know how to find them."

As InsideTrip transitions from beta site to full launch, the site will unveil new and improved features that will continue to enhance consumers' travel experiences. Some of these new features include:

  • FinalAirfare(SM) -- Dynamic bag and drink fee calculator estimates the total amount to be paid by the consumer taking into consideration not only airfare but also most common airline fees (available for most domestic U.S. flights)
  • Flight Connection Risk Indicator -- InsideTrip lets shoppers know when there is a particularly strong likelihood that a connecting itinerary could turn ugly -- for instance, an itinerary involving a chronically late inbound flight with a very short layover increases the probability for a missed connection
  • MarketQuality(SM) - InsideTrip tracks and displays historical average TripQuality scores for all observed itineraries in a market to give shoppers an idea of what to expect on a given route 
  • New search capabilities -- InsideTrip now offers the ability to search for business-class, first-class and multi-city itineraries
  • Improved user interface, cleaner navigation, and major browser support
  • InsideTrip now partners with American Airlines to integrate their fares and schedules

Two years ago, InsideTrip successfully launched its beta site as the world's first and only online travel shopping site to offer the ability to search by TripQuality rating, helping hundreds of thousands of consumers make smarter and more informed air travel purchase decisions. InsideTrip's patent-pending shopping technology is the first tool of its kind to address air travel pain points such as cramped leg room, age of the aircraft, lost luggage, crowded planes and much more, thus allowing consumers to regain more control of their travel experience. 

"During our beta test phase, we've been humbled by the thousands of consumers who have booked tickets through InsideTrip using our TripQuality air ratings system and made some significant improvements that will save travelers time and frustration," Pelter said. "This clearly is a product that resonates as air travel pain ratchets up." 

InsideTrip is a free service and partners with Orbitz, American Airlines and other world-class airfare providers to deliver the lowest prices directly to the consumer. And by providing great low fares, InsideTrip allows consumers the peace of mind to focus on the quality of their travel experience to find that perfect trip.

About InsideTrip, Inc.
InsideTrip.com is the first online travel shopping site to offer consumers TripQuality(SM) rating and visual itinerary bar to help them make the smartest travel purchase decision possible. Named by AARP The Magazine (January/February 2010) as one of the top five websites for finding travel bargains online, InsideTrip has received recognition from top industry experts, finding itself sharing accolades alongside similar breakthrough internet brands such as Twitter, TripAdvisor and others. Online travel shoppers can now save time and avoid travel aggravations while finding the perfect trip that accommodates their own personal travel needs. Not all flights or airlines are the same, and InsideTrip helps consumers quickly and easily uncover the best travel experience. InsideTrip.com provides a true insider's view on how to buy. InsideTrip.com is located in Seattle, Washington, and is privately funded. To search for the best trip using TripQuality or to learn more, visit www.insidetrip.com.

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