TRVL.com – The booking platform that rewards you

TRVL desktop dashboard

How many hours do you usually spend when you book a hotel? How much time do you spend afterwards on researching, to see which booking engine offers the cheapest price? And how happy are you with your choice once you arrive at your hotel? In today’s post I want to introduce you TRVL.com, the booking platform that pays you for each hotel reservation you make!

But first, let me tell you a little bit about my experience in Venice. I have searched for days for the perfect hotel to spend two days in one of the most charming cities in the world, for my birthday last year. My criteria were simple, I wanted a room that featured traditional Venetian décor at a hotel that was in the city and that was within my budget. When I found the perfect one for me I realised that it was sold out on my trusted booking engine. So I went on one of the hotel price comparison websites to see if there are rooms available on other booking engines. And I found it, on an obscure booking engine that until now I hadn’t heard of.

Fast forwarding to my trip to Venice, I arrived at the hotel quite late, after my flight was delayed a couple of hours. I checked in and I was shown to my room. An oh, the shock when I opened the door and my stunning large Venetian room, with a big baldachin bed and antique chairs and tables was in fact a 4×4 meters cubicle, with white walls, a tiny bed in one of the corners and no windows. Needless to say, I was terribly disappointed. I went down to reception to complain and only to be fobbed off with a promise that they will move me to another room the next day (I was moved to a room of a similar same size with a bigger bed and at least wallpaper on the walls). The explanation from the receptionist was “other people paid more than you”. I decided on the room based on the images in the booking. I did feel a little scammed.

Don’t get me wrong, this room wasn’t cheap! And by adding just 100 euros more to my budget I could have stayed in one of the Palaces on the Canal Grande!

That was when I lost my faith in booking engines and hotel comparison websites. Because it was them who deceived me, it was them who showed me photos of rooms that don’t exist or were taken from other hotels websites and never verified. Ever since that experience I used exclusively Booking.com every time I booked a hotel, as I know how strict they are with their verifications.

 

What is TRVL.com

TRVL Amsterdam office

Recently however I have learned about TRVL.com, a booking platform focused on the user experience rather than on making profit selling expensive rooms.  Their slogan is actually “Power to the traveller”, and I will get to why is that a bit further down in my article. TRVL.com was born in 2010 as the first ever travel digital publication for the iPad and it was so successful that Apple bought it a few years later and used it to create the Apple News.

What makes TRVL.com different than the other booking engines, besides the personalised experience, is the way it rewards its members. When you make a booking using TRVL.com not only that you get access to rates that are usually only available to travel agents and to discounts up to 65%, but you also earn a commission, which makes you holiday cheaper.

How does it work? It’s simple! TRVL.com shares the travel agent commission is getting for booking a hotel, with you. The booking platform works with the most reputable booking agents, such as Booking.com, Expedia or Hotels.com, so you can trust that the hotel you book will be exactly as shown in the photos.

 

The user experience

TRVL dahsboard

TRVL.com is disrupting the traditional travel agents’ market, where you would go to a third party to book your holiday. By doing it yourself through TRVL.com you become the travel agent!

I mentioned that TRVL.com’s slogan is “Power to the traveller”, and this is because they focus on the user. TRVL.com wants to make sure that when you book a hotel you are making the right choice for your preferred type of holiday and for your budget. Other booking engines will display the most expensive hotels first, together with the ones that pay a higher commission so that they are shown on top. And whilst it is understandable, as that is how they make their money, you might not get a chance to see that hotel which is perfect for you, especially if it’s shown on the 20th page! Maybe you like rooftop pools, or maybe you want to be in the city centre, maybe you are on a budget or maybe you are traveling with your extended family and need a large quiet room.

There are so many variables to take in consideration when you book a hotel, depending on what type of traveller you are and what type of trip you are going on, if it’s leisure or business, if you are going solo or with your family. The traditional booking engines have introduced a few years ago the “hurry factor”. Have you noticed how when you take a closer look to a hotel you see a notice warning you that there are only 2 rooms available for your chosen dates? Or that 70% of the hotels in the city you are traveling to are booked already? This is a way the booking engines are trying to make you book a room as soon as possible. TRVL.com has eliminated the hurry factor and it allows you to choose your perfect hotel, by letting you take as long time as you need. Each hotel’s page on TRVL.com will feature the Tripadvisor reviews and also show you the best deal for your dates.

 

Be your friends’ personal booking agent

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When it comes to traveling, who do you trust? The internet, or a friend’s recommendation? Because TRVL.com allows you to earn a commission when you book a hotel for you or your friends, it’s a no brainer that you can become the travel expert of your family and circle of friends.

I have created travel itineraries for many of my friends who stayed at the same hotels as me and took the same tours and excursions as I did. By using TRVL.com you can do the same, create itineraries for your friends and book the hotels for them, earning a commission. You have already stayed at those hotels, so your recommendations will always be personal. And why not earn from it?

What do you think about TRVL.com? Will you give it a go next time you are booking a holiday for you or your friends?

Sign up with this referral link and receive a 20$ reward on your first booking!

 

Disclaimer: I have written this post in collaboration with TRVL.

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Traveler. Dreamer. Cat lover. Wondering around the world with my backpack and my camera. Contributing to make the world a better place.

65 Comments

  1. I have never heard of this website but your experience I loved reading. However whenever I am traveling if it is because of work then company books place for me and if it is an escape then I walk around searching for hotels. I will give it a try.

  2. this is so great, I can def use this since I travel so much. this is easily something I know a lot of my friends will benefit from. gonna share this with them for sure and take advantage of this myself! thanks

  3. Never heard about this site earlier. Looks like very promising site for booking trips. Will check next time. Thanks for sharing with us

  4. I have never heard of this site before. But will check it out. Though I usually do the bookings directly with the airlines and hotels as I’m scared of fake sites.

  5. Oh! I’ve never heard of TRVL.com before,. I’ve only used hotels.com and I’ve gotten what I’ve seen on the pictures, but if this website it based on an actual traveler from their eyes than I think it’s worthy to give a try, now where to go?

  6. I’ve heard of Trvl and played around with it before. It’s really a great tool and makes planning trips easier. Great review on it!

  7. I haven’t heart of TRVL before, but it seems like they do an awesome job helping you book and get to your destination. I’ll definitly keep them in mind for our next trip. Thanks for sharing!

  8. I haven’t heard of TRVL before but I definitely will be looking into it now as it sounds amazing. I love that they reward you and they make holiday planning so much easier.

  9. It can be so frustrating after a long journey to discover a hotel room that is not what you expected. I’ve had similar happen to me and it was terrible! I love the idea of empowering the traveler with personalized recommendations.

  10. I hadn’t heard of TRVL – but based on your article I will consider giving them a look! Like you I’ve booked with booking.com almost exclusively of their strict guidelines – and try to stay clear of other lesser known sites due to the risk. But hearing you post about TRVK has reminded me to explore new safe options!

  11. I have never heard of this travel website before but it sounds like a great site that will help all travelers like my Aunt.

  12. That sounds like a great website for all travelers like me. It so nice that there are a website that will help the clients to book their trip and hotel in an easiest way.

  13. Nice to see a travel booking site that is easier to get into and rewards you, too. Definitely will check this out for our family’s next trip!

  14. This is my type of booking platform! I like this. What is greater than sharing a travel agents commission and then going on the trip as well. I will definitely check TRVL.com out!

  15. I agree, i mean i should be rewarded in visiting their websites and not just receiving discount (if there is) for my purchases. My cookies are imporatant for them!

  16. It’s pretty cool to be able to share your feedback and refer your friends while earning a commission back. Like you said, personal referrals are much better than generic travel website reviews.

  17. I’ve never used travel.com. I’ve been pretty loyal to my other hotel site because they also give me rewards. But I do like that you feel they are user focused because picking a ideal hotel room is so unique to each travel experience.

  18. I never heard of this website for travel. This is the first time I came across trvl.com. But I loved the idea of rewarding users for travelling and using the paltform. I built the rewards platform myself and running the business and defintely will try out this platform for travel and rewards. Thanks for sharing.

  19. Great post. I’ve never heard of this platform but will definitely check it out in the future. I will have to do some more research on exactly how it works and why. Thanks for sharing.

  20. This sounds like a really interesting site. So when you book hotels for friends do you pay for it or is there a way for them to pay for it directly and then you get the commission?

  21. What a great idea for a site I haven’t ever used this platform before but it does look like a great resource. Thanks for sharing 🙂

  22. I have reviewed on TripAdvisor and discovered that the points are of no use… In MMT, I think there is a wallet recharge… So this web portal directly credits commission to my account? This sounds lucrative for travelers like us… It’s really worth a try 😊❤️

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