Peer to peer marketplaces have been rising in the headlines lately and words like “the sharing economy” have become overused buzzwords in some cases. Everything is being affected by the sharing economy from the way we travel by car, stay in someone else’s house or get a simple task done. Most recently Airbnb has brought out local guides (called trips) that is shaking up the tour company business. Being in this ecosystem is exciting and we believe that we are offering a genuine peer to peer experience that is revolutionising the way that you can book travel plans and sell them when you can no longer go. There are many benefits to the peer to peer marketplace model and below are just some of the ways that TransrerTravel.com can benefit you.
The listings that you see on TransferTravel.com are from real people who booked trips, bought tickets or secured holidays but can no longer go. We see this as the ultimate curated list of travel plans! These are travel plans, airline tickets, hotel bookings or holidays that people have already felt confident enough to buy. They would have done research and found the best price. For whatever reason they can no longer go, although most of the time they wish they could. This is where the seller can come in and find that amazing deal thy may not have found just searching thousands and thousands of listings on a generic travel site.
People are usually selling under circumstance such as the dates not working out anymore, their travel partner backing out or something else that prevents them from going. Instead of cancelling the ticket and being charged a large fee or not being able to cancel at all they now have the great opportunity to sell their ticket to someone else who really wants it.
We see it as a win-win and a new way to look at buying a holiday or hotel bookings at a true last minute cost. The cost is set by the individual not the airline or hotel. You can feel confident that your ticket is a good deal because the seller has motivation to sell their ticket.
Sellers often reduce the sale price to encourage buyers. We see this transaction as a win, win, win where the hotel or airline has a paying customer and someone to fill their seat or bed. The seller who can no longer go gets money back that they spent on the ticket they can no longer use and the buyer gets a travel deal they can feel confident about.
After searching for their ultimate holidays or best flight route the seller would have secured the best price usually booking months in advance. The buyer has the great opportunity to come in last minute and buy at that amazing price that they would not be able to find at that moment in time looking for a ticket so close to departure date. We have plans to offer more refined searching features for people looking for travel plans departing within the next two weeks, three weeks, month and so on.
While other peer to peer marketplaces exist some are not truly peer to peer. We believe in people and keeping that at the core of the transaction and marketplace for authenticity and transparency. Everyday you trust people who you interact with face to face, so why not someone who is genuinely trying to get their money back for the flight or hotel they can no longer use. In future we are finding ways to build more and more trust within our community of users through our website. Adding a photo and filling out as many details and you can builds trust with another user and makes your listing more appealing to potential people thinking about contacting you and buying.
If you haven’t already take a moment to browse our listings and see for yourself the amazing deals that you can find from other genuine sellers. (I suggest checking out the Iceland, Northern Lights tour…I have a feeling it is going to be gone soon because I want to buy it.) Stay tuned for some amazing new changes around the site as well. We are just getting started and we are very glad you are here!