SideStep.com Takes a Giant Leap

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We regularly use SideStep.com to compare the cost of flights, hotels, car rentals, and vacation packages, which is why we were intrigued to hear about the travel search engine's expansion into brand new territory--"Activities." We recently spoke to Anthony Rodio, SideStep's V.P. of Product, who explained how you can now use the site to source tickets to concerts, theater, tours, sporting events, and more in just about every major city in the world--everything from Yankees games to rides on the London Eye and day-trips to Mt. Fuji.

We did a few test searches, and so far we're pretty impressed. In most cases, SideStep's results were comparable, if not better than going to the source. For example, it turned up a price that was $5 cheaper than the regular $25 New York Water Taxi's Hop-On, Hop-Off pass. However, when we did a sample search for concerts in mid-May in NYC and clicked on Guns N' Roses, SideStep displayed a lowest price of $85. We found $63 tickets on our own through Ticketmaster. The tab is still in beta, but we think they're onto something: true one-stop search and travel planning.

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