International Flight decision made easy with smart search


We recently rolled out a new feature for International flight search to help you, our user, in taking a quick decision when choosing out of the umpteen flight options made available to you.

We observed that the user finds it difficult to choose amongst hundreds of flight options and some of them even end up abandoning the page due to this. While for some users being given ample options works to make a more informed decision, for others it can turn into a confusing affair.

Yatra dishes out the maximum flight options that cater to the needs of all user categories. Be it a bag packer who is a deal seeker and looking for the cheapest options, a business traveler for whom comfort matters the most, or a family traveler who is concerned for both price and comfort and looking for convenient flight option. Our aim is to help you all get a quick snapshot of the kind of result you seek.
Each user has unique requirements and keeping that in mind we have introduced top 3 results which are the most preferred by users; namely “Best Value”, “Fastest” and “Cheapest”. Clicking on these tabs, sorts the search results on the basis of the chosen tab.

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For e.g. If you click on the ‘Fastest’ tab all flight results are sorted by flight duration with the shortest duration time highlighted.

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We have also introduced Yatra Recommendation in the form of ‘Best Value’ tab which is our best pick for you. It’s an option that shows up reasonably priced with convenient duration flights.

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This is our endeavor to understand you better and cater to your unique needs, and definitely a building block to provide a personalized search experience.
Try our new feature and do share your feedback with editor@yatra.com. Remember, we are listening, because our aim is creating happy travellers!

By Alpana Chauhan
Product Manager
@Yatra we strive to better ourselves a little – every day!
Visit us @ www.yatra.com

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Flight Search Made Easy, Efficient and Fast


We realized that while planning a vacation or a trip what people want the most is to grab the best flight fare deals available. When it comes to deciding dates, they are usually somewhat flexible and willing to look at options. So here is what we did.

Easy Fare Lookup – Lowest fares of each day brought upfront

We introduced a fare strip right on top of our Flights Search Results Page (SRP). So now when you search for a particular destination, we show you upfront the lowest one-way fare per adult for your destination and date. In the default view, this fare strip shows you the lowest fare-date combos of 3 days before your searched date and 3 days after your searched date. You can scroll (to the left and right) on this fare strip and see combos of up to 10 days before and 10 days after the searched date.

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Easily identifiable lowest fare of the month

We help you identify the lowest fare of that month by highlighting all the lowest fares in green

If you click on any of these fare-date combos, our search page results will show you all flights for the new date, keeping your basic search criteria intact. You may, sometimes find that a fare shows up as ‘Get Fare’ for a particular date on the strip. You then need to click on that box to get search results for the particular date.

All in all, you no longer need to worry about not being aware of a cheaper fare availability a few days ahead or before your planned date of travel.

Faster Search Results – Icing on the Cake

What’s more – our team of engineers have also worked on the speed of search. There are no more time consuming refreshes or reloads. The results are delivered faster and you get a seamless booking experience.

Try our new feature and do share your feedback to editor@yatra.com. Remember, we are listening, because our aim is creating happy travellers!

By Mohit Sang
Product Manager
@Yatra we strive to better ourselves a little – every day!

Visit us @ www.yatra.com

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Holidays just got more beautiful with Yatra!


When we first think of holidaying – isn’t it like a dream? The most beautiful landscapes and luxurious hotels come to mind. That is why we recently revamped our Holidays landing page to showcase these dream-like images and give a fresh enticing look to the page.

If you get charmed by one of these images, just click to quickly find packages to your dream destination, and select a package that best suits your taste and preference.

To make it more simple, we have quick links to jump to the specific category you may be interested in. We offer a number of category options, as listed below:

  • Group Tours – Get the pleasure of holidaying with other happy travellers, on a fixed tour and at pocket friendly prices.
  • Weekend Getaways – Thinking of a quick break? Just click on this section and pick hotels basis distance or destination.
  • Cruise packages – Looking for a luxury holiday? Here is a cruise special section, choose your type and get, set, GO!
  • Adventure holidays If adventure is your passion, we have a wide range of adventure packages for you to choose from.
  • Yatra Exclusive Pages – If you are looking for a completely new experience, check Weekend Wanderlust by CNBC and India Times Passion trails. Plus we also have: Trade Fair packages and Holiday Planner (all holidays of the year)
  • Special offers for holidays – Check out all the discounts and special offers available with us – all on one single page
  • Holiday Ideas – If you haven’t yet decided your destination, choose from our various themes to suit your travel need, and then select your destination.

 We have designed our new page to display the wide range of services we have for you – spread out like a buffet – so you can easily choose from the variety available and quickly find what you are looking for.

View the page here: http://www.yatra.com/holidays/india-tour-packages

And do share your feedback with the editor@yatra.com

We are also happy to make changes in your selected package, to help you plan your dream holiday – just the way you want it to be!

There’s more to come – City Guides to your favorite destinations, EMI options for your holiday, All new package listing page with easy share options and much more. So stay tuned!

Till then, signing off as your dream planner…

Richa Sharma

Product Manager
@Yatra we strive to better ourselves a little – every day!
Visit us @ www.yatra.com

 

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Yatra Mobile is now more Powerful with added functionality


A couple of months ago, we primarily focused on unwinding your Flight booking experience to be more comfortable. We recently introduced Fare Graph on Yatra mobile to get the lowest fare for you. You can now compare the fares and look for the cheapest fares around the chosen date!

Yatra mobile has come up with some added functionality to improvise your Hotel & overall app experience. Now, you can also book your bus tickets on the go…

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Choose best hotel deals effortlessly

Now you can enjoy an enhanced Hotel booking experience with the new booking engine & faster hotel results rendering. Apart from this, you can filter the search results by Pay@hotel, Breakfast & Wi-Fi, and also view high quality images of hotels & rooms.

You don’t need to worry about last minute bookings. ‘Hotel Near me tonight’ will be your savior in case you missed your flight, have a sudden outstation meeting or plan to extend your trip.

Use eCash to book your trips

With the recently launched eCash mechanism on mobile, you not only get to earn eCash on flight and hotel bookings, but can also redeem your eCash while making bookings. Now, get instant eCash in your account for using promo codes.

Soon you will have an option to make a choice! You will be able to use ONE promo code for 2 offers and opt for the offer you want.

Book your bus tickets now

Search for buses from over 1500 bus operators running across 15000 routes & book from anywhere. Use our auto suggest while searching for your pick & drop. Also, choose your boarding point & check out the amenities available on the bus. Yatra mobile provides additional discounts on Bus bookings. Go for it now!

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‘Invite & Earn’ program on Android app

It allows you to earn an eCash of Rs 200 while your friend gets Rs 500. You can also take a look at your eCash summary – Redeemable, Pending & Redeemed.

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Just go out & explore the Yatra app to use all these features now. Our ears are always open to all your feedback, comments, likes & dislikes.

Till then, keep your suggestions flowing by writing to us

@ appsupport@yatra.com

Remember, we are listening, because we aim at creating happy travelers!

By Sanchi Gupta
Product Manager
@Yatra we strive to better ourselves a little – every day!
Check out our app by visiting:
http://goo.gl/GZrbLn

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Yatra.com Acquires 100% Stake in Travelguru.com

June 30, 2012: Yatra.com, India’s leading online travel company, today announced it has agreed to acquire a 100% stake in Travelguru from Travelocity Global. Travelguru will continue to operate as a separate entity under its existing brand name. When completed, this acquisition will be Yatra.com’s fourth major acquisition in the last 18 months, following the purchase of TSI in October 2010, MagicRooms in June 2011 and Buzzintown in January, 2012.

The acquisition of Travelguru will strengthen Yatra.com’s position as the leading company in the Indian online travel space and substantially extend its position as the premiere aggregator and seller of domestic hotels and holidays in India, adding to its already strong offerings for flights and outbound holidays.

Travelguru is India’s largest hotel distribution network offering access to more than 6,500 hotels in India and 72,000 hotels worldwide. It offers travelers the opportunity to plan and purchase their travel in a transparent, easy and customizable manner with instant bookings and confirmations. Keenly focused on growing Indian hotel demand, Indian hotel supply and a wide distribution network, Travelguru facilitates a broad range of travel options and recommendations for domestic as well as international travelers.

Commenting on this new development, Mr. Dhruv Shringi, co-founder and CEO, Yatra.com said, “This acquisition will significantly strengthen our domestic hotels and holidays business and reinforces our growth strategy and long term commitment and belief in the Indian online travel industry. Not only will this consolidation increase our customer base, but it also widens our product portfolio and leverages our ability to bundle solutions, offering better deals and value propositions to our customers. The acquisition will also provide Travelguru’s hotel partners with a much wider distribution network through Yatra.com and its B2B network of 10,000+ agents.”

Roshan Mendis, President, Travelocity North America said, “The two brands have obvious synergy and are an excellent fit. Moving forward, we will work closely with the Yatra.com team on a transition plan and an arrangement to source India hotel content for Travelocity Global so that our customers continue to have the best access to accommodation options in India.”

Previously, Yatra.com acquired ticket consolidator Travel Services International Pvt. Ltd (TSI) to strengthen its foray into the B2B consolidation space. In July 2011, Yatra.com acquired hotel aggregation company, MagicRooms, offering access to a live inventory of over 3,000 hotels across India. In January, 2012, premier event and entertainment promotion portal Buzzintown was acquired by Yatra.com expanding Yatra’s portfolio and giving consumers the access to service beyond travel.

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