Dealbase.com is website that allows users to post travel deals to a growing database of hotel and package deals. I would compare it to a user generated TravelZoo. The site currently has about 9279 deals from destinations around North America, the Caribbean, and Mexico.
The concept is certainly a good one. Basically a Craigslist of hotel deals, created and updated by the user community. The site does not require a login, which is a bonus, and the “Post Deal” process is very simple. To post a deal, you complete a very simple one page form. In fact, I completed the form myself and created a deal…
My only concern is that there is no moderation of the deals or a way to ensure the deals are legitimate. With reviews or ratings this tends not be a big issue, but deals are transactional and should probably treated a little differently.
The site is well designed and utilizes some nice ajax features including autocomplete fields when posting deals. The site uses large fonts and is easy to read.
1. Is Dealbase planning on expanding into other deals, for example flights, activities, tours, car rentals, and cruises?
2. Are there any plans to allow properties or operators to post official deals? Will they monetize this?
3. Is Dealbase planning on making their data available through an API?
4. Can they import deals through a standard interface or API?