8 August, 2022

How Online Booking System Works? How to Start an Expedia, Kayak like Rental Site?

Expedia/Kayak like website

Online Booking System – Saviour of the Traveler Souls

Imagine this: You want to travel to a destination that is located on the other part of the world. You don’t know that language or the local customs of the region. How do you intend to plan for a perfect vacation with uncertainty all around?

Enter: Online Booking System. Your one source destination for all traveling arrangements. To be more precise, an online booking system is usually a website or as in today’s scenario – a mobile app which lets you book accommodation, arrange transport, set up travel itineraries and so on. In other words, it is a virtual assistant of sorts that will make your travel smoother and safer (and leisurely too!).

How online booking system works?

An online travel booking system or a website will capture the booking requirements provided by the traveler on the website. In some cases, the website could be linked to a property management system (PMS) for real-time updation of services availability. The user will have to provide necessary information like name, e-mail, contact details, destination, check-in date, check-out date, number of rooms and other travel arrangement required.

Once the travel arrangements are finalized, the user can proceed to make the payment using a secure payment gateway. Ideally an online travel booking system will be equipped to process all payment gateways accepted all round the world. The user can opt to make the payment through credit card, debit card or even through net banking. The travel booking system will capture the booking details and transfer it to the property management system or to the back-end team which will make the necessary arrangements.

Travel Booking System

How useful is an online travel booking system?

Online travel booking system has ironed out all the difficulties previously felt in making travel arrangements. Travelers now literally have the entire world at their fingertips, or at least on mouse clicks. Further, it has become possible to do a full-fledged analysis of the destination through images, videos, travel reviews, local ratings and much more. Some online travel booking systems have also integrated the same to make bookings easier for travelers.

How useful is an Online Booking

Another prime benefit that online travel booking systems have bought to travel and tourism industry is round the clock accessibility. No bookings will ever be missed since customers have 24x7x365 access to booking systems at their favorite destinations. Online payments also help travel businesses save time that otherwise will be required to take care of banking transactions. From the business perspective as well as the traveller’s point of view, online travel booking systems are indeed made things better.

What is Expedia?

If the Internet is a world, Expedia will be the biggest continent on it. The website is the most preferred online travel booking system for booking anything from flights to vacation packages. The website accommodates the travel requirements of all kinds of travelers. Since, the website also has pan globe presence it gives travelers the immense benefit of picking the best price possible for their travel needs.

What is Kayak?

Kayak is basically is travel aggregator app. It helps travelers find which website is providing the best service possible from a range of websites. In other words, the website collects information from various travel websites to retrieve information about which website is the most economical from the point of view of the traveler.

How popular is Expedia, Kayak?

Alexa ranks Expedia at 427 and Kayak at 816 in the Top Visited Travel sites by traffic in the Internet. 19.5% of the world’s travel bookings were made through merchant websites like Expedia. That said, it is evident that online travel booking systems like Expedia/Kayak are not just popular but indispensable for wanderlust individuals.

Why start a website like Expedia, Kayak?

Kayak vs Expedia

Globally travelling has always remained a favorite activity. With the advent of online booking systems, the global travel has grown with leaps and bounds to become one of the most revenue generating sectors.

“AAA estimates 42 million people to pack their bags and start travelling the world in 2015.”

What does it have in store for property owners?

The massive opportunity to convert their spare residence into a sought after accommodation in the locality. The opportunity to scale revenues that will recoup manifold times the initial investment of the property.

Moreover, it is easy! Thanks to readymade travel scripts that can be launched in an instant, it doesn’t take much long to set up and launch an online travel booking system for a first generation business person. These scripts which are identical to Expedia and Kayak and offer the same features and facilities that globetrotters have come to love.

Right from booking tickets to accommodation, the script can be easy used to install an elaborate online travel booking system. Needless to say, the chances of enquiries being converted into sales orders are too high with an Expedia or Kayak clone script.

How to create an online booking site like Expedia, Kayak?

One does not have move mountains to create a mountain that will be identical to Kayak or Expedia in UX. A readymade script from Apptha with endless features is available much to the benefit of property owners.

The script is designed keeping in mind, the user-friendliness and quick adaptability that admins will expect from a world-class script. Moreover, the app does not take hours to setup or install. The installation process will get over within minutes making the website ready for immediate launch.

Essential features of the script

Features supporting rental business owners:

  • Well-tailored responsive design
  • Facility to set up marketing place which allows any kind of rental services
  • Automated payment transactions and booking management
  • Effective site management
  • Option to add service fees functionality
  • 100% Customizable
  • 100% SEO-optimized, etc.

Features supporting customers visiting your site:

  • Social login
  • Smart search
  • Multiple payment system support
  • Option to check availability
  • Option to add reviews for the service hired
  • Supports currency conversion
  • Location map to find out rental outlets, etc.

Alex Sam is a digital marketer by choice & profession. He munches on topics relating to technology, eCommerce, enterprise mobility, Cloud Solutions and Internet of Things. His other interests lies in SEO, Online Reputation Management and Google Analytics. Follow Me Socially: Habr , Dev.to & Viblo .

102 Comments

  1. Reynaldo Reply

    I have read so many articles or reviews concerning the blogger
    lovers but this post is actually a fastidious piece of writing based on hotel booking, keep it
    up.

    1. Bright Reply

      Hi Reynaldo,
      Thanks for your appreciation. Encouragement from avid readers like you is a moral boost to us. Feel free, if you need any assistance on this rental booking system.

  2. Fleming Struaus Reply

    To start any online booking system we need to make sure 100% customizable to make delicate changes according to our website. It needs to satisfy the peoples who just arrived for the website to make a travel booking process. Right now, I’m looking for the same which u stated above and soon will get one for my booking process.

  3. Herman Isles Reply

    Hey! I understand this is kind of travel booking system and it’s working principles,
    however I needed to ask.

    Does running a well-established booking website such as Expedia, Kayak-like Rental Site take a lot of work?

    I’m brand new to start this business soon. Please let me know if you have any recommendations or tips for brand new online booking.
    Appreciate it!

  4. Shelley w Reply

    Magento is one of the secure platform and robustness to built site like this. Due to high amount of traffic and secure payment options magento is preferable and before creating a booking website need to do in-depth analysis.

  5. Lisette Tovar Reply

    kayak has an attractive web design and functionality compare to any other travel websites. But I’m confused to choose the good model for tourism site, So I need some assistance to go with this.

      1. Alan Reply

        Hey, this was a good read. I would like to contact you and have a discussion about starting my own travel website; everything regarding setup, certifications and operation requirement. It would be great to hear from you.Thanks!

  6. Eloiso Laffonte Reply

    I need to create an online booking system with payment integration in my existing website, which was developed in magento platform. Is it possible to go with this travel booking script and all other integrations?

    1. Ramanathan Reply

      Dear Eloiso,

      This booking script is developed in magento platform and you dont need to worry about that, and it will be easy to add payment integration. One of our support executive will reach you shortly to discuss more about your requirements.

      Thanks once again for reaching apptha!

  7. Kater Abrosima Reply

    I am wondering to start expedia like website for booking process, while checking a solution in online I came across your post and I need to build one. Contact me for more information.

    1. Ramanathan Reply

      Dear Kater,

      Good to know your requirements. And our team will contact you shortly for building expedia like site for your online booking process.

  8. Adrian Warid Reply

    I think this is the right time to make a few plans on building booking system website, for longer term to keep moving in online. I have learned this with your aticle up and I wish to recommend you some attention or advice to me to start this.

    Waiting from your side.

    Thanks!

    1. Ramanathan Reply

      Dear Adrian,

      It’s glad you found apptha for building your booking system. Our executive will contact you shortly for discussing more about your requirements.

      Once again thanks for contacting us!

  9. Vineet Reply

    Hi I’m looking to develop a website like Expedia with option for further development and enhancement .. Please provide me a quote .. Thanks

    1. Ramanathan Reply

      Hi Vineet,

      It’s great to hear from you. Our team will reach you with the quote, in the mean while you can share your contact no and skype id to discuss more.

  10. Emered Shita Reply

    A good content for basic understanding, but now a days there are many OTA sites like expedia and they to do really good sales , so hotels need to make themselves available on all these other OTA sites also.

  11. Atul Sharma Reply

    I want to build my own expedia like website to add multiple hotels to those who are in search. Need more information and how this booking system works in terms of admin side and user point of view and all.

    1. Ramanathan Reply

      Dear Atul,

      Thanks for your query, our business team will contact you shortly to discuss more about creating your online booking site.

  12. TONY Reply

    I really want to start my on online booking business, can you provide more information through my email please?

    Thanks
    Tony

    1. Ramanathan Reply

      Dear Tony,

      Great to here from you, we will mail you all the necessary information to start online booking business.

      Thanks!

  13. Josh Radcliff Reply

    Hi,

    I am interested in a quote to set up a system similar to expedia. Please contact me asap, as I am ready to pay and start as soon as today. Thank you in advance, Josh

    1. Ramanathan Reply

      Hello Josch,

      Good to hear from you, one of our executives from apptha will reach you shortly to discuss more about to stast your expedia like website.

      Thanks!

  14. Zaw Reply

    Hello

    I would like you to provide me with your best quotation for such online booking system. Moreover, I would like you to include all technical proposal and how long it will take for such website to be live in the internet.

    1. Ramanathan Reply

      Dear Zaw,

      Great to hear from you, our apptha executive will reach you shortly with all the necessary information, in the mean while could you share your skype ID or contact no to reach you as earliest.

      Thanks!

  15. Ali Reply

    I am interested in a quote to set up a system similar to booking.com. Please contact me, as I am ready to pay and start as soon as today. Thank you in advance.

    1. Ramanathan Reply

      Dear Ali,

      Thanks for reaching Apptha, One of our executive will contact you shortly to help you more about setting your hotel booking website.

  16. Sandeep Vh Reply

    I planning to start my online booking business, can you provide more information through my email please? Specifically about the how database works between client and the customer side.

    1. Ramanathan Reply

      Hello Sandeep,

      Thanks for reaching Apptha. Our executive will contact you shortly to discuss more about your queries.

    1. Ramanathan Reply

      Dear A Adewale,

      Thanks for reaching Apptha, I have forwarded you request to our business team and they will reach you shortly to guide in terms of making money with booking site etc.

    1. Ramanathan Reply

      Hello Chris,

      Thanks for reaching Apptha. We will mail you all the necessary information regarding this booking system.

    1. Ramanathan Reply

      Dear Emra,

      Thanks for contacting Apptha. One od our executives from apptha will reach you to discuss more about your requirements.

      Cheers!

  17. Jay Reply

    Hello,

    I am very interested in starting an online booking service, I am ready to begin asap and will greatly appreciate any help given.

    1. Ramanathan Reply

      Dear Jay,

      Thank you for contacting us with your requirements. One of our executives will reach you shortly with your given mail. Also, please share your contact no or skype ID to discuss more about this.

  18. Dietres Socanaro Reply

    Hi, I’m ready to start my new website like expedia to sell Airlines tickets, book hotels..etc.. Would should you guys please give me more details where to start from? I would really appreciate it.

    1. Ramanathan Reply

      Dear Dietres,

      Good to hear from you, our apptha executive will reach you shortly with your given mail. Could you please share your contact no or skype ID to reach as earliest to develop your booking website.

  19. Kaykay Reply

    Hello,

    I have a website that I want to develop that is similar to styleseat and expedia. I am not tech savy and want to know if I am able to start my website on wix, godaddy, etc. I will also need to input booking system and review system.

    Thank you

    1. Ramanathan Reply

      Hello Kaykay,

      Good to hear from you and I have forwarded your request to our business development team and they will contact you shortly.

      Thanks!

    1. Ramanathan Reply

      Hello Dejan,

      Thanks for reaching apptha, one of our apptha executives will reach you shortly to discuss more about your requirements.

  20. Tim Reply

    I see many comments here about building an expedia-type page… I would like to learn more about what you can offer. Please make contact, thanks!

  21. Gilamiguel Reply

    Im planning to start my online booking business, can you provide more information through my email please? I dont know how to start? Most specially about the how database works between client and the customer side?Thank you

  22. Sunny z Reply

    I am interested in a quote to set up a system similar to expedia. Please contact me asap, as I am ready to pay and start as soon as today I would really like to get some serious info . Thank you in advance,

    1. Ramanathan Reply

      Dear Sunny,

      Great to hear from you. One of our apptha executive will reach you shortly. In the mean while could you please share your contact no or skype ID to reach you as earliest.

      Thanks!

  23. Lamesha Reply

    I’m interested in learning more about how to start my own website, similar to Expedia. Can you please email me more information with prices? Thanks

  24. Srinivas Balla Reply

    Hi,

    Seeking assistance in creating kayak like web functionality for a different industry. Please reach out to me and i will share more details

    Regards
    Balla.

    1. Ramanathan Reply

      Hello Jj,

      It’s great to hear from you, we will reach you with your given mail. Also, could you share your contact no or skype Id to reach you at the earliest.

  25. Sean John Reply

    I am looking to start up a traveling website/app like Expedia with holiday packages.
    How can you be of assistance?

  26. mar c Reply

    Hi,
    I’m very interested in this ready made script. How much does something like this cost and how up to date is the code? Looking forward to hearing from you. Thanks

    1. Ramanathan Reply

      Hi Mar c

      Our business team person will contact you shortly with the required information. Thanks for contacting us.

  27. Cielin Reply

    Hi. I also want to build my own travel site like Expedia. Glad to have found this article. Can you guide me as to how much it would cost? Appreciate your help.

    1. Ramanathan Reply

      Hi Cielin,

      Thank you for contacting us. One of our apptha executive will contact you with your given mail. Kindly provide your contact number & skype Id to discuss more.

  28. Amanda Reply

    Hi i am looking at starting an expedia/ kayak like site can u please email me with more info i have no idea how much prices will be to create etc

    1. Alex Sam Post author Reply

      Amanda, we have recorded your exact requirements. As earliest our team will reach you to discuss more about this.
      Thanks.

  29. Imam Hossain Reply

    I wanna interested to build a site like expedia/ kayak. Please inform me how I will do it. Thanks

    1. Alex Sam Post author Reply

      Hi Imam Hossain,

      Thank you for reaching us. Our team shortly mail you with all the necessary information. It would be great, if you share your contact no and skype Id to discuss further.

  30. Craig Reply

    Hi, great website. I’m don’t quite understand scripts. So if I want to start my own online Travel booking system, all I need is the script and put that into my WordPress site? Will the script access all exisiting accommodations with also close or the same properties as Expedia? Or do I have to start from scratch?

    1. Ramanathan Reply

      Hi craig,

      Thank you for contacting us. I have seen your request, existing accommodation and pulling the accommodation information from Expedia is possible. We have readymade solution for property rental services and which could be customized for your needs. Our suggestion to you, WordPress is just a blogging system and managing the travel portal website is not advisable. Normally service provider who has readymade solution or existing portal few customization could meet your needs. Please refer https://www.apptha.com/accommodation-booking-script and contact our business development team for further informations (bdm@apptha.com)

  31. Tanveer Reply

    Hi! Interesting article. Please check my website and let me know if you can offer some help on the same. At the moment, I am building my own travel site

    1. Alex Sam Post author Reply

      Hello Tanveer!
      Glad you found our article interesting! Our team will contact you soon with the necessary details to help with your travel website.

    1. Alex Sam Post author Reply

      Hello Abdullah, Good to hear from you.
      Our executive from Apptha will contact you shortly to enquire about your requirements.
      Thanks.

  32. Jesse Reply

    Hello,
    I am looking at starting an expedia/ kayak(kind of, i know they bigger than my thought) like site can u please email me with more info about how that work and what is the cost please ?

    1. Alex Sam Post author Reply

      Hello Jesse,
      We can help you to start an site like kayak. Our team will email you the details shortly.
      Thanks

    1. Alex Sam Post author Reply

      Hello Alex!
      Thanks for your interest. Our team will email you the details, along with the cost to start your own website similar to booking.com

  33. Danny Sharma Reply

    Hi there
    I have a concept and would like to discuss with you guys. I am interested in creating a website like everyone else here.

  34. Jonathan Reply

    Looking to create a searchable website, similar to Kayak’s functionality, but not travel related. Will provide more detail in secure format once I am able to hopefully speak with someone. Thank you in advance!

  35. Dominique Reply

    Hello, I would like to start an online booking company.. I’m so glad I found tour article it was very helpful.. please email me with more details as to where to start and Apptha..

    1. Alex Sam Post author Reply

      Hello Dominique,
      Thank you for contacting us with your interests. Our executive will email you the necessary details.

  36. Paul Reply

    HI there, I wish to build my own online booking site like Expedia. This sounds like a step in the right direction. Can someone help. Cheers

  37. Shavin Reply

    Hello,
    I am looking to start a travel site. Does your product also have an app form?
    And how much would everything cost to set up?

    1. Alex Sam Post author Reply

      Hello Bhupendra!
      Glad you reached out with your interest to launch your hotel booking website similar to makemytrip. Our team will contact you shortly.

  38. ali Reply

    hi sir
    looking to establish a new application for online booking of train, hotel, air ticket …etc.
    am looking to the expert company to program the software and learn my staff.

  39. nikilesh Reply

    i am planning to start new travel business online i need some help for my start-up , could you please reach me to discuss about online start-up website thank you call me on.

  40. DILIP SRIVASTAVA Reply

    Hello,
    I am interested in building online travel and air-hostels type website. Please reply me to deekay******@yahoo.com. I could not find your contact detail to reach you? Are you genuine entity?

  41. Avtar Singh Reply

    I’m start the online travel business, plz you help me for start up.can you share the information set up a website like kayak or Expedia, thanks

  42. Kishor Reply

    I have read so many articles concerning the blogger but this post is actually a Outstanding piece of writing based on hotel booking, I know more than 150 hotel property in market and they are ready to help me out to get my online business, I want to build my own online booking website like (expedia, kayak, booking.com), i need little help so please email me for details.
    Thanks

  43. Alexes Reply

    Hi, id like to know if i can use your script for a klook.com /viator website? Im starting a startup rhat aggregate trips in my country. Also, do you have a post regarding this business model on how it actually works and how suppliers will manage their listing in my site?thank you

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