A new online travel agency startup called Travelcheck.co.za has just launched in South Africa to offer dynamic packages so travellers can custom-build their trips.
The South African OTA is the first to offer flight and hotel bundles which are expected to save travellers up to 25% than if they were to book these components separately.
“We are excited to launch Travelcheck in South Africa,” said CEO, Odette Faling. “Travellers can save up to 25% by booking flights and hotels in a bundle rather than reserving these components separately, and features such as dynamic packages will give South Africans more choices when booking travel online.”
Travelcheck is privately funded and offers flight and hotel bundles, online booking for all major airlines, and more than 300 000 hotels around the world.
Travelcheck.co.za‘s flight search engine features ‘Quick Share’ to facilitate seamless itinerary and price sharing to third-party messaging apps such as WhatsApp directly from the search results page. Mix & Match allows travellers to book more than one airline in the same ticket – for example, travellers can choose to fly from Cape Town to London on British Airways and return on Turkish Airlines without booking separate segments.
The firm has partnered with third parties to offer useful ancillaries which can be added during the online booking, including: lost luggage insurance, a cancellation and refund policy and flight ticket amendments. Users can pay using EFT and credit card payments (Visa, MasterCard, American Express and Diners Club), and customers can also complete payment over the phone.
Wakanow, Travelstart, among others are some of the players.