There's a new travel site called Transfer Travel, and it has been aptly dubbed the eBay of unused holidays.
Whenever you think about a holiday you are likely filled with feelings of excitement and anticipation. What doesn't come into play until you're actually trying to book your much-deserved trip away is how stressful and expensive it can all be. Trying to find the cheapest deals on flight and hotels, deciding whether it's worth the money you'll save to make the trip non-refundable, these aren't things that can be taken lightly.
A new website called Transfer Travel may be able to make those decisions easier ones to make. It has been dubbed the "eBay of unused holidays" and you will soon realize why. The site is the brainchild of a man named Simon Powell who was spurned a couple of years ago after he had to cancel an expensive holiday when he and his partner split. Pretty much everything including the flights and the hotel was non-refundable so the trip just went to waste.
The hotel receptionist gave him an idea though. She suggested that he could sell the flights and room to someone else as changing the name on the bookings is something that could be done. That's when Powell decided to put the wheels in motion for Transfer Travel. The site allows those who are unable to make trips to sell their flights and hotel bookings to others, thus getting some or all of the money back rather than everything just going to waste.
Powell told The Telegraph that around 220,000 hotel rooms a day go to waste in the US alone. Transfer Travel is doing something about that. The site has around 1000 listings right now and while it features buy it now prices, like eBay, customers can also make offers. In most cases, buyers will get themselves a bargain as sellers are just looking to get some of their money back rather than none at all.
Powell defended critics claiming that the site takes advantage of those who may have to sell these holidays because of heartbreak or worse. "It is a chance to give these unlucky people some money back!" Powell stated. It's a good point to make too. There may be a horrible or heartbreaking reason behind a person not being able to make it on a trip, but the alternative to Transfer Travel is getting none of your money back whatsoever.