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sep 29

A new travel search engine debuts for independent travelers

Who can keep up with all the websites that track travel deals? Innovations keep happening all the time. This month's newest deals search engine comes from a company that's been around for a decade: BootsnAll, a collection of 50 travel websites connecting independent travelers and fanatics to places like Italy, Amsterdam, Bali, London, and Paris. (The site also tracks topics like Business Travel and Adventure Travel.)

I exchanged e-mails with BootsnAll CEO Sean Keener last week, asking a couple of questions:

Why should a traveler go to the new BootsnAll search engine instead of, say, Kayak.com or another meta-search site?

The search engine mixes deal reviews by editorial experts and deals posted directly by airlines, metasearch engines like Kayak, and tour operators. Places like Kayak focus date-specific searches. Kayak is an awesome resource, and we link to them all the time. But our deals engine is just that. Deals.

Another reason to come, is that shortly, we'll be adding RSS and email of specific searches to the deal engine. For example, if you are going to Maui in the next 6 months, you could search on Maui deals at deals.bootsnall.com and subscribe via RSS or email to the updates of that search. All the deals that pop up in the coming weeks will be delivered in your RSS reader, such as My Yahoo or Bloglines, or your e-mail in-box. Easy Peasy.

Are your deals edited to focus on only one particular type, profile or personality of traveler?

No - we've learned that, from CEOs to regular Joes, everyone likes a deal!

Did you have a search engine for deals before—or is this a new feature?

This is a new feature/engine. We have had deals listings before, but we felt and heard from the BootsnAll Community and that an aggregator of sorts would be excellent for dreaming about the next trip or looking for actual deals. We have had a consolidator airfare engine for over 5 years that has deals that Kayak, Expedia, Travelocity, and all the big boyz can't beat frequently as well, but this deal engine is new.

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Note:This story was accurate when it was published. Please be sure to confirm all rates and details directly with the companies in question before planning your trip.

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