Anyone who’s read my stuff on TechCrunch knows I am a huge Jetsetter fan. I love it for the same reason design nuts love Fab: Jetsetter is the single best curator of hotels and travel experiences I’ve ever used. That includes Web sites, content sites, travel agents or user generated sites. And it delivers suggestions to me in a consistently gorgeous way.
Last June, I broke the news that Jetsetter is trying to get back into that anachronistic realm of travel agents in a new modern way with the Personal Travel Planning service, staffed by travel reporters. A few weeks ago, the company quietly launched an extension of this strategy called “Jetsetter Journeys.”
Journeys are a collection of the most popular trips planned through the Personal Travel Planner. And Journeys offer a more hand-holding experience for trips that require complex help on the ground. The company describes it as an end-to-end package that includes things like all transfers, hotels, guides and historians for tours.
These are pre-arranged trips, but for a $50 fee, travel planners can personalize them further and make all the reservations. The first beta user just left for a ten-day trip to South America. It was a personalized version of Jetsetter’s Argentina Bucket List jaunt.
Traditional online travel agencies have always tried to get into the packaged trip business, with mixed success. The reason hotels don’t work as well as flights on these sites is that hotels aren’t commodities the way a rental car or a seat on a plane is. And a bad hotel can ruin your entire stay.
Packaged trips are even less of a commodity. You can read all the boiler plate descriptions you want of a tour– you still have no idea if you’ll wind up on a bus full of tourists following a bossy woman with a flag. It all comes down to curation and trust– two things Jetsetter has painstakingly nailed.
And because I think everyone should travel the world as much as I have, I twisted Jetsetter’s arm for a special deal for our readers. Book a trip through Jetsetter Journeys, and you’ll get a $200 Jetsetter credit on a future trip. Just let Jetsetter know you read about the product on PandoDaily.
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