Online travel booking major Cleartrip.com, has launched a new service called ‘Weekend Getaways’. As an extension to its Hotel product, Weekend Getaways is designed to make it easier to book a quick holiday to nearby places. This announcement comes a little over two weeks after the Mumbai-based company introduced Cleartrip Wallet to ease cancellation refund woes.
Users have to select the starting point, or as Cleartrip terms it ‘city of origin’, the check-in and check-out dates, the number of rooms and the number of visitors and then hit search. The most popular starting points are displayed upfront including Bangalore, Mumbai, Delhi, Chennai, Hyderabad, Kolkata, etc.
The search results display a list of hotels based on your criteria within a 2 to 10 hour travel radius. This range can be customized. The travel distance and estimated travel time are displayed over each location. Prices are displayed as the total cost of trip but can be switched to a ‘per room, per night’ view. Results can be further narrowed down using price range, user ratings, destination, experience and property type filters. The TripAdvisor rating for each destination is also prominently displayed. Destination USPs, like ‘serene lake view’ or ‘beach facing property’, and recommendations like ‘ideal for families & groups’ or ‘couple’s escape’ are also provided.
Cleartrip claims that they have designed the service such that it can be accessed on any device. Also, at present only Indian cities are part of Weekend Getaways.
Earlier developments at Cleartrip
Last year Cleartrip had partnered with travel magazine Condé Nast Traveler India to introduce a curated, co-branded theme-based holiday guide called Collections. At the time we had noticed that Cleartrip had integrated its route finding and booking service Waytogo, its travel search engine Small World and its hotel booking service to each location depending on the place.
In December 2013, Cleartrip had added the pay@hotel feature in the Hotel section, which is like a Cash on Delivery (CoD) equivalent for hotel bookings. The pay@hotel feature was extended to Cleartrip’s mobile app earlier this year. It’s also worth noting that back in June 2012, Cleartrip had launched the ‘last minute hotel booking’ service Quickeys.
Last month Cleartrip launched in-app cancellations for hotels, flights and trains. Considering 30% of Cleartrip’s search traffic comes from mobile and 15% of hotel room bookings are also now made on mobile, this was a prudent move. Read more about it here.