Category Archives: Travel Advice

Earn 3x True Blue points on travel to/from DC this summer.

Flying in or out of DC this summer? If so, you’ll earn THREE times the TrueBlue points on all JetBlue Washington-National flights when you register and book by July 29 for travel June 19 through August 30, 2014.

There’s no limit to the number of times you can earn 3x points during this period. Just register and book on jetblue.com with your TrueBlue number.

Details and Registration 

Weekly Roundup May 19th

Each week we’ll link all the travel, points and social stories we came across.

• Are we on the brink of a pandemic with MERS?

Man About the World  does some frequent flyer math to help you determine how to maximize your points. via@MAWtravel

• Last Tuesday, a TRACON facility near Chicago was evacuated due to smoke cause by a faulty bathroom fan. A ground stop was issues at MDW and ORD snarling air traffic for several hours. via @airchive

•  If you have a spare £182,000 this UK company will take you to all 107 3-Michelin Star restaurants. via @Holidaysplease

• And finally, this guy spent his 600-day long trip taking selfie videos in each of the 36 countries he visited, then setting it to a catchy tune. (video)  via @ModernMotoGuy

And now some tweets to @Traxo

Welcome to Traxo Jeff!  

 

 

New Android and iOS Apps

It’s been a busy year here at Traxo HQ. We’ve just announced Traxo Hotels, which allows Traxo users to get custom tailored hotel recommendations based on their loyalty accounts, status and travel history. That came on the heels of Traxo for Business, our API and White label solutions which enable our partners to integrate Traxo’s itinerary management and loyalty tracking features.

Now we’re excited to release two new Traxo apps. The all new Traxo for Android and the refreshed Traxo 1.04 for iOS. Both will allow Traxo users to access trip details throughout the trip. No more need for printed confirmation documents or carrying plastic loyalty cards. With these new apps, all your critical trip information, addresses, confirmation numbers and flight information is ready when you need it.

iOS and Android Versions

Best of all, both are available for free!

And we’re just getting started. Keep an eye out for future updates and enhancements to the Traxo platform.

Travel, organized.

Introducing Traxo Hotels — Just for You

Still looking for that perfect hotel for your next trip?

Our new Traxo Hotels offering makes it super simple to find your ideal hotel, because we curate our recommendations based on input from the leading expert — you.

Our team was tired of scrolling through endless pages of choices each time we needed a hotel, and muddling our way through the one-size-fits-all recommendations from other websites. In reality, there were only a handful of options that were really relevant, based on which loyalty programs we each belong to, our favorite hotels, past trips, and recommendations from our friends. Why does anyone need another 50 hotels cluttering the page?? More is NOT better.

For example, I happen to be a Kimpton and Starwood gal, so I’m always going to look for those options first. I also tend to stay in the center of the action wherever I go. Andres is more of a Marriott guy, and stays closer to the airport for his frequent business trips. Wouldn’t it be awesome if the search engine KNEW that, and curated our results accordingly?

Why should we both see the same set of hotel recommendations, when we’re very different travelers?

Enter Traxo Hotels, powered by the Traxo Factor Intelligence Engine.

Example

Whenever you have an upcoming trip but haven’t yet booked a hotel, the Traxo Factor engine will suggest up to 10 hotel options based on your specific travel profile:

• Loyalty program affiliations
• Past hotel stays
• Your hotel ratings & reviews
• And more!

Additionally, if there are any hot deals available, Traxo “Factors” that in, too (see what we did there??)

We’ve partnered with the Expedia Affiliate Network to ensure you get the best selection and best prices – guaranteed.

And with TripAdvisor hotel reviews, you get the inside scoop from other fellow travelers.

No other website makes hotel shopping this fast, easy, and truly personalized. It’s another way Traxo is helping you,

Travel Organized.

Press Release

Happy Holidays from Traxo

As 2013 wraps up – all of us at Traxo would like to thank everyone who supported us for the past year and prior. We’re excited to leap into 2014 with a long list of enhancements to the Traxo platform and as always, we’d love your feedback.

You’ve already begun noticing a few changes to the Traxo member homepage, trips and accounts. We’ve cleaned house to make room for the new features and style changes that are soon to follow.

We’ve also introduced new destination recommendations from TripAdvisor. Located just below your trip itinerary, TripAdvisor’s “Best of” city recommendations highlight things to do and places to eat for the top 300 most popular travel destinations, as reviewed by TripAdvisor members. So, now Traxo can keep your travel plans and help you add to them with reviews from travelers all over the world.

TripAdvisor Widget

This is just one of many new site improvements we’re making and we’d love to hear your suggestions. In 2014 you can look forward to many more changes, some small, some big. We hope you continue to be a part of them!

Has it been a bit since you last logged in? Come check out the latest changes.

Traxo seeks to eliminate fake travel reviews

Fake

NOWADAYS, travelers rely heavily on online reviews contributed by other travelers to make purchase decision about hotels and lodging. Often the choice between two hotels can come down to the number of 5-star or 1-star reviews one hotel has over another or sometimes it’s a genuine, authentic and well balanced review that a traveler identifies with that sways their decision. Because of this, the stakes are high and there is quite an incentive for companies to cheat in order to gain an advantage in the online travel review space. To game the system, companies often write fake positive travel reviews for themselves or even commission third parties to write glowing fake reviews on their behalf (also known as ‘touts’ or the practice of ‘touting’). On the other hand, even the good actors that follow the rules can be sabotaged by fake reviews that are written or created by their competitors.

To help combat this situation Traxo has launched the industry’s first ‘verified reviews’ platform for hotels and flights that ensures reviews are written by real travelers who have stayed at the hotel or flown the flight they are reviewing. All travel reviews that are written by a traveler with a confirmed travel booking are labeled as ‘verified’ by Traxo. Traxo automatically detect bookings made on major travel websites. Users can also forward their confirmation emails to Traxo to have their trip information collected and stored. Once the user returns from their trip, they are prompted by Traxo to write a ‘verified’ review.

Other industries have turned to purchase verification-type systems like Amazon’s Verified Purchase program. Even in the travel space, other companies have taken similar approaches to address this problem. For instance Expedia and USA Today’s new HotelMe, have started to make progress to address the fake review dilemma, but their solutions are highly limited. Expedia offers verified reviews through only the companies they own, but if travelers book other parts of their trips on other sites like Priceline or Orbitz, they would have to hopscotch around the Web to try to find those reviews. AlsoHotelMe’s verified reviews only come from a handful of participating hotels, and only when booked directly on the hotels’ websites. In comparison, Traxo recognizes bookings from most major travel websites.

You can search for and read Traxo verified reviews at: https://traxo.com/reviews.

The Top of the Leaderboard: A Portrait of Traxo’s Top Traveler

Traxo leaderboards Travel Score

Part of our job building one of the largest social, networked platforms for travel is that as developers, we are continuously evaluating and re-evaluating the user experience. And part of this process involves constant reinventing of the tools we use in a way that best facilitates a certain “richness of interaction” within the community.

Introductions of features such as Loyalty tracker, Traxo travel score, and worldwide Travel Leaderboards have been some of the natural results of this process.

Perched atop the rankings on this tenth of October is Leith Stevens, a twenty-something Boulder-based travel entrepreneur. Mr. Stevens maintains a busy schedule flying around the world meeting clients and business partners as CEO of Flextrip, and by the time we had a chance to catch up with the smooth-talking Aussie, he was already making final preparations to fly to Singapore for an industry conference.

Leith has logged over two hundred seven trips and over six hundred thousand miles over the past three years alone. A quick glance at his travel record reveals that he typically spends over half of his time travelling and on the road. You might consider him a true road warrior.

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Traxo adds Travel Leaderboards, see the top ranked travelers in the world

Traxo leaderboards Travel Score

Since the introduction of the travel score, we’ve been enthusiastically gauging the reactions of our members. One comment that we’ve received from our users is that while it was easy to see the scores of your existing buddies on Traxo, there didn’t exist one place to go where you could see the top travelers across the entire network.

We’ve addressed these comments and now allow you to see the top scoring travelers in the world through our new Traxo Leaderboard feature. There are four new travel leaderboards we are announcing today: highest travel score, total countries visited, total states visited, and total number of travel loyalty accounts linked.

The debut of the Traxo leaderboard is truly a milestone, because for the first time ever, you can see how you stack up against virtually, the most-seasoned travelers in the world. Our data-harvesting technology allows us to verify each metric according to actual, confirmed travel reservations rather than self-reported claims. Our top travelers are the real deal, and are backed by real travel credentials.

So what exactly is a top traveler? Well, we see from the top of the Leaderboards that our top nine travelers have already each made validated visits to 20 different countries, seven of our travelers have traveled to more than half the U.S. states, and 34 of our travelers have linked more than 20 of their travel accounts. In fact the most experienced travelers on Traxo have already taken verified trips to 30 different countries, have visited 34 different states, and have linked 34 different travel loyalty accounts. We encourage you to peruse the Leaderboard and see if you or any of your buddies rank among the top ranked travelers.

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Automatically import booked trip itineraries to Outlook, iCal, iPhone, Google Calendars

Traxo travel Calendar feed for iPhone Outlook iCal Google

We’ve all asked the same question. Everyone knows you need to stay organized in today’s busy, busy world. How to do it? That’s the million dollar question.

On top of meetings, appointments, chores, and everything else organized in your calendar, keeping track of your trips can be a time-consuming, if unpleasant task.

After a while, things turn into a unappealing mess of itineraries, trip confirmations, confirmation numbers, rescheduled dates, and email after email after email. And it’s your job to separate the few useful emails from the ones touting your favorite carrier’s new fall getaways to the Caribbean.

And in the end, you’re still always doing the same search of your email inbox twelve hours before your flight to confirm flight times and grab that flight confirmation number that you failed to jot down the first time.

So take a deep breath. Relax. We have a solution for you. And if you already have a Traxo account, it will take less than a minute of your time.

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Create an automatic log of your travels on Traxo using foursquare and Gowalla

gowalla foursquare traxo tripit

We’ve all been in this situation before. Regular office-cooler chit chat with a friend turns to the popular subject of travels and the conversation typically goes something like this:

“Oh wow, when are you going to Barcelona?”
“Next week with my husband. We’re both so excited, it’s our two year wedding anniversary.”
“That’s so awesome. You know, I was just there last year with Alice. There’s a really beautiful place right on the beach that has the best paella I’ve ever tasted.”
“The best?”
“The best.”
“Ever?”
“Ever.”
“Remember the name of the place?”
“I forget, but I do remember there’s a cool leaning, tower type of sculpture on the beach nearby. Hold on, let me find it for you real quick on my phone”

**Fumbles with phone for a good minute.**

“…”
“Tell you what, just text me the place when you find it”

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Of course, we all have that one friend, with the near photographic memory of every place she’s ever been and the names of the people who were with her at every one of those places over the last ten years. But for most of us, whose minds are filled with other things, like school stuff, work stuff, or inane sports or pop culture trivia, keeping a mental note of all the places we’ve been is a taxing enough job for our brains to handle.

That’s why Traxo, by integrating with foursquare and Gowalla, has now made it easy to keep track of the places you’ve been, organized automatically trip by trip, date by date. You can throw that old tattered moleskin with jotted travel notes out the window (or in my case, crumpled receipts and cocktail napkins). More after the break.

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