Travel Deals from TeamBuy, Groupon, Living Social

 

LivingSocial has Escapes

Now Groupon has partnered with Expedia to launch Groupon Getaways

Travelzoo has, well, travel deals

And now in Canada, Teambuy has launched Teambuy Travel

 

So why are Daily Deal sites offering travel deals?

Perhaps the fact that Living Social generates over $150 million from their travel packages is one reason. Another is the fact that travel is exciting, is popular and much like a restaurant table or hotel room, is a perishable item. If an airplane seat or resort stay is not sold for a given day, then that revenue is lost forever. Travel companies are, therefore, very motivated to sell that inventory and Daily Deal sites seem to be another viable option for them.

In Canada, there are several travel players in the industry that are presently considering a Daily Deal service. This is a model that they are not used to and, therefore, will take more time in its evaluation. Will we see a handful of travel discount sites launch their own Daily Deal service or partner with existing Daily Deal sites? I believe we’ll see both.