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Domestic air travel tools – my choices

With hordes of airlines invading the Indian skies, it is no wonder that a bunch of travel-related sites (yatra, makemytrip, ghumo,mobissimo,travelguru, …) have sprung up in recent times. After going through most of the sites soon after they were launched, I have chosen two for their simplicity and user-friendliness.

The first is a travel agent Clear Trip http://cleartrip.com/ run by very experienced people. I ended up on the site courtesy a typo. But the choice was instant. It is quite similar to an US portal Kayak http://www.kayak.com/, a fact pointed out by my cousin. I booked a Jet ticket cheaper than on the Jet site! I had to cancel the ticket and though it involved quite a laborious process, ClearTrip was very helpful and I could get back the money quite quickly. Maybe, my expectations were low. I still remember their first letter where the CEO wrote to me, me being one of their early shoppers. One glitch with them is that they don’t have Air Deccan on their rolls yet. Now they have also expanded to hotels in India.
23 Dec Update: Hrush from ClearTrip comments that now they have included Air Deccan. Way to go!
Jan 2007 update: cleartrip has special offers from airlines like Indian, Deccan, Sahara and more, making it a clear choice! My wish is that it includes all airlines in its list soon.

The second is a travel search bot, called Zoomtra (still in Beta) http://www.zoomtra.com/. It is not a travel agent and just fetches you the cheapest deals on at the moment. The site is simple and is an instant hit with me too. It is quite intuitive too. The best thing about it is it includes almost all the airlines I would use (Air Deccan, Indigo, Go Air, Paramount, Spice Jet) and the others too (Jet, Air India, Indian, Sahara, Kingfisher). My friend has used the site and is quite pleased that she doesn’t have to search through all these 10 different sites.

PS: I am still looking for a good and cheap site for international travel to and from India. I guess, the ‘real’ travel agents would still be the best bets for them.

Jan 2007 Update: I try Flightraja (http://www.flightraja.com) and find that it is decent. As its CEO Vinay comments here, it has all the airlines. But I haven’t used the site to book any tickets and so I have no idea about its service delivery. Also, I just found a lens on Squidoo found here, which extensively analyses most of these websites save ghumo and ixigo. This lens also led me to the Indian travel deal site, TravelMela (http://www.tripmela.com/).

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  1. dan
    3 December 2006 at 11:19 pm


    Have you tried Trabber? It is a search engine that aggregate air fares directly from online travel agencies and airlines’ websites. Here is the address: http://www.trabber.com

  2. 4 December 2006 at 6:36 pm

    oh dan,
    Trabber is not very relevant to Indian local flights. It could be useful for international flights, I suppose. A lot of Spanish! πŸ™‚

  3. dan
    4 December 2006 at 10:08 pm


    We hope to create a Indian version of Trabber.com in the future. Any feedback to improve the site will be welcomed.


  4. sk
    5 December 2006 at 5:39 am

    Hi Sparkie,
    Nice revamp to the webpage, looks cool!

    Never travelled/booked tickets to flights within India. So no clue. :–(
    I heard from friends that Air Deccan was like a rickety rockety bus. And that Kingfisher is a classy one to take. :–D

  5. 5 December 2006 at 7:22 am

    well sk,

    thanks for the appreciation. i love it.

    well, i have used air deccan once and everything was right with it. the service, the punctuality, … i liked it. even i’ve heard tales from lotsa folks about it. but from personal experience, it was good. in any case, deccan’s fares are cheaper than kingfisher’s. the clincher is that deccan is the only airline having a flight to thoothukudi.

    hope you have an indian version soon. πŸ™‚

  6. 14 December 2006 at 10:23 pm

    for domestic travel you should also give yatra.com flightraja.com and travelguru.com a shot. I also like rediff.com farecast model where it tells you next 1 month which is the best day to fly and cheapest airline to fly

  7. 18 December 2006 at 8:18 pm

    hi sid,
    thanks for your comment. yatra and travelguru are not simple interfaces. yet to see flightraja. of course, rediff farecast serves a different purpose if you are flexible with the dates!

  8. 23 December 2006 at 1:38 am


    Just FYI, Cleartrip features Air Deccan now:


  9. 23 December 2006 at 6:12 am

    hey hrush,
    that is simply awesome. thank you very much. keep them coming!

  10. Vinay Gupta
    23 December 2006 at 8:40 pm

    Your search for the travel portal of your choice starts and ends here. Every airline flying in India.


  11. 23 December 2006 at 8:41 pm

    http://www.flightraja.com — We have all airlines since March, this year, the others are trying very Hard, to catch up. The race has just begun….

  12. 1 January 2007 at 11:07 pm

    Hi Vinay,

    I went through your site as well. Flightraja is cool, that’s my second option now! The choices it offers are the most from my limited tries.

  13. 11 January 2007 at 11:11 pm

    Hi there,

    iXiGO is launching in private beta very soon. We will have all airlines in India from day 1 πŸ™‚

    – Aloke

  14. 19 January 2007 at 7:11 am

    Hi Aloke,

    I’m waiting to try iXiGo πŸ™‚

  15. 22 January 2007 at 9:02 pm


    the demo of ixigo at the proto was remarkable. waiting for them to go live



  16. 22 January 2007 at 9:03 pm


    the demo of ixigo at the proto was remarkable. waiting for them to go live

    I have some questions for them check out http://blog.nrichsoft.in/2007/01/22/ixigo-the-way-to-go/


  17. 24 January 2007 at 8:01 am

    Thanks Badri for your comments. I’m eagerly anticipating ixigo now. I’ve subscribed to its mailing list and hope to get a chance to test it quickly. It definitely looks exciting!

  18. Cap
    9 March 2007 at 3:09 am

    Make sure you get a look at the latest Air Travel Rules too, this will save you a lot of grief and hassle at the check-in…

  19. 26 March 2007 at 2:56 pm

    I Liked the Post and I Must say the site http://www.zoomtra.com is doing a commendable job. They search out the best deal and show non biased listing. They do search for hotels also. I belive their revenue model is pure advertising.Thanks for introducing the site.

    Good Inputs.

  20. 3 June 2007 at 4:19 pm

    Dear Spark,

    You are invited to try out the beta version of iXiGO at http://www.ixigo.com – the travel search engine India has been waiting for.


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  22. Geeta
    21 February 2008 at 5:56 pm

    Hi, I’d like to know if I can use any of these sites to book a flight within India, while i am still in the US.(i am a US resident)

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  25. 2 April 2010 at 5:50 am

    When it comes to user friendly travel portals then http://www.zapbooking.com is one that is attracting customer’s attention in large.

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