So, we've explained what Tripping.com is and how it works. Now, it's time to answer the big question: will Tripping.com be your go-to source for booking rental properties for trips, or will it leave you tripping at the starting line for your vacation plans? Here's our assessment of the website.
Choose from over 8 million listings — Tripping.com is partnered with lots of different rental property booking websites, such as HomeAway, Booking.com, Wimdu, and 9Flats. That allows them to offer millions of available rental properties at the same time, whereas individual booking websites may only have thousands.
Make sure that you get the best price — Tripping.com compares the prices of listings across all of the websites that it's partnered with. That way, even though a property may be listed on multiple websites, you can make sure that you're booking it from the website with the lowest price.
Get the amenities that you want — Are you looking for a property with a certain number of bedrooms or bathrooms? Or perhaps one that has wireless Internet or is pet-friendly? Let Tripping.com know, and it will narrow your search to properties that have exactly what you want out of them.
Get exclusive discounts — Sign up for the e-mail list for Tripping.com and you can get exclusive promotional codes to save even more money on your bookings. Plus, Tripping.com will point you in the direction of some of its best-value deals!
- Bookings and prices not always entirely consistent — Most of the properties on Tripping.com can only be booked through its partner websites. This means that you have to get used to the interfaces of each one, and that some may have extra booking fees while others do not. Be sure to check the fee policies of the partner websites before you book with them.
The bottom line: 9/10
Tripping.com is a very useful tool when you're looking for a rental property to book during a trip out of town. The fact that it's partnered with over 35 rental property booking websites means that you can pick from many more listings than you could on a single one of those websites. Plus, Tripping.com compares prices between listings on different for you, so you won't need to worry about overpaying for a booking on one website when you could have booked it for less money on another website. You can even sign up for Tripping.com deal alerts and get daily discounts to save even more money on your bookings!
The main hang-up with Tripping.com is that its booking system isn't very consistent. There are some properties that can be booked through Tripping.com, but most of them have to be booked through the main website that they're listed on. This means that you have to figure out how each website works in order to make a booking. In addition, some partner websites may charge booking fees or other expenses above and beyond the listed rate, so you have to be wary of that, too.
Anyway, that's our take on Tripping.com. If you want to give it a spin yourself and see what it's like, our next tutorial will show you how to search the listings on Tripping.com.