Sammamish, WA (PRWEB) April 20, 2009
Sure travel is down, but people are still flying. Amid a floundering economy and high unemployment, people are likely to think twice before traveling. They'll be trusting technology to help them find deals, too, by looking online for the absolute best deals on flights, hotels, and want to make sure they make the most of their time at their destination. For those who do decide to travel, many will be going on tighter budgets.
Even as travel spending decreases, online travel spending continues to get a bigger piece of the pie, with Jupiter Research expecting online travel to claim 38 percent of all travel sales by 2011. While there are many well-known travel sites, such as Expedia and Orbitz, Personal Tech Experts at BluePhone, the online computer support company, offer summer travelers a few tips and tricks for an even better vacation:
Yapta - For getting the best deals on flights, Yapta is the traveler's best friend. According to its website, the average flight price fluctuates 400 percent. That's a lot of savings potential. Yapta helps monitor flight prices, frequent flier seat availability, and if the price goes down after purchase, it will help identify and claim reimbursement if eligible.
Trip Advisor - Impartial advice can be hard to come by, but the largest pool of it is at TripAdvisor.com. It boasts 20 million traveler reviews and opinions of cities and places to stay. In 2007 it purchased Seat Guru, which is a great way to make sure you get the best seat on the plane. It has seating charts for 535 airplanes from more than 75 different airlines, so fliers can always know where their seats are. Both sites are based around the idea that user information is the most pure and true source, and the great success of the sites support it.
Triporama - For group travel, Triporama makes it easy for everyone with a trip homepage, the ability to share travel research easily, discuss places to go and things to do, and even map an itinerary. Anyone who has traveled in a group before knows how difficult it can be to keep track of things. Triporama is a great collaboration tool to take some of the headache out.
Urban Spoon - Hungry and don't know what to do? Urban Spoon is designed to help suggest restaurants by location, type of food, price and reviews, which helps afford quick decision-making without worrying about a thing. They also have a great mobile interface, in case of being caught out with dinner indecision.
Google Maps - Whether looking for directions, a place to eat, or a particular tourist attraction, Google Maps is a powerful application that can provide solutions quickly. It is also packaged in a mobile application with GPS capability, which is really hard to live without after trying it.
For people traveling, or for people who are thinking about traveling, these recommendations can help save money, time and hassle. For other technology-related issues, online computer tech support experts like BluePhone can help diagnose and repair almost any kind of technical and software issues found in the home. To see first-hand, register for the BluePhone two-week free trial and enjoy full, unlimited access to BluePhone Personal Tech Experts.
BluePhone is a leading online computer support company committed to helping members get the most out of their PC, Macs, software applications and connected devices. Using remote-desktop technology by Cisco WebEx™ to diagnose, repair, and optimize your computer, BluePhone resolves hundreds of computer problems every day. The company's success is measured by the quality of service and satisfaction provided to each member, earning BluePhone a best-in-industry 98% customer satisfaction rating. BluePhone Personal Tech Experts are certified solution engineers who diagnose and fix problems that plague computer users daily - security, configuration, desktop performance - and things like how to organize digital photos or make devices like MP3s deliver maximum enjoyment. BluePhone Personal Tech Experts are extensively trained and certified to resolve nearly any computer software problem, offer expert advice, and troubleshoot and fix hardware issues. BluePhone membership includes unlimited assistance for all the computers in a household (up to 3 PCs or Macs) for $199.95 per year, or a monthly membership for $24.95, or one-time service calls for $89.00. BluePhone offers a money back guarantee. Members get assistance 24 hours a day, 365 days a year by phone, email, chat or remote computer access. For additional information, visit http://www.bluephone.com or call 877-442-BLUE (877-442-2583).
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