90ditravel – Travel information aggregator in right sense

Lately we have seen so many travel aggregator sites coming up that the launch of GDS travel portals was getting overshadowed for instance when flightraja changes its name to “via” not much coverage was given by people  following the online travel industry. Though i had always wondered how can these sites like ixigo.com call themselves travel search engines as they only concentrate on providing information on air ticket search via travel portals and airline websites.

No one is looking at bus or train as possible combination to draw up trip. Earlier these engines might have had problem getting information online to aggregate from but now with everything from train reservation to bus reservation available online its not a struggle.

I stumble upon 90di.com/travel from and email sent by someone from the team behind the product. What interested me to review the product is unlikely other travel aggregators they are covering atleast the Train to begin with.  Keeping in mind all studies for the travel industry is talking about B & C class town where lot of them still find nearest airport 150-200 KM drive. It makes more sense to create travel iteniary which is a mix match from their hometown to final destination.

90ditravel has an effective search engine although they need to really work on the interface part. For example the search results can provide me option to sort by journey time or pricing.

The point is its good they have got the engine ready and building the result. But these results need to be formatted and  made sense of before users can seriously benefit out of them. Bottom line they need to make it more user friendly. They should seriously consider lot more use of AJAX and hiring external designer to get the job done right.  The product is good and they try to get the usability in line before makemytrip.com or yatra.com get their agreement through with indian railways to sell tickets online. They should also look at adding the combination of bus timetables and reservation to further increase reach out and mitigate any risk associated with travel portal deals getting through with the railways.

As they are still in Beta i hope to see changes requested by me as a user are also given due consideration.

3 Responses to “90ditravel – Travel information aggregator in right sense”


  1. 1 Abhinit September 4, 2007 at 11:08 am

    Hi Siddharth

    Thanks for your encouragement and suggestions.

    We will definitely work on improving the user interface.

    Regards,
    Team, 90DI

  2. 2 Abhi September 4, 2007 at 1:55 pm

    Hi Siddharth

    As you have rightly commented the main strength of engine is on coverage and multi-modal travel:

    Just as an example try searching for the following routes on http://www.90di.com/travel:

    1. From Bikaner (BIKANER JN – BKN(S) , in north-west) to Chennai in the (south-east)
    2. ALIGARH (in UP) to TRIVANDRUM (in Kerala)
    3. Delhi to Mysore ( MYSORE JN – MYS(S))
    And you can also see the routes displayed graphically on the India map! Just click on the ‘M’ shown on the route and see the route on the India map. It will also show all the stations you would cross as you travel by a specific route.
    4. If above are some of the routes to demonstrate the unique routing 90DI does. At the same time it can also do the more conventional. Just try out routes between: Mumbai to Delhi
    It also gets the latest seat availability and fare information in real-time, by connecting to the web sites of airlines and the Indian railways.

    Regards,
    Abhinit,
    90DI

  3. 3 Khushnood January 2, 2008 at 12:16 pm

    Seasons Greetings and Wishing you and your family a very happy new year 2008!

    Update from us: We have released a test drive version of the “Plan my Trip” feature. Please do have a look at it some time. Would be glad to receive any feedback on the feature.

    -90DI Team


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