It’s crazy to think that in the dynamic travel market and a recovering economy that the holiday auction sector has not boomed or innovated.
My last post here was in November 2011 – we’re 3.5 years on from there and the space is stagnant.
Despite much going on elsewhere in travel – there are still innovators.
For example while Bidango was an innovator but is not an the now inactive holiday auction site, the idea for last minute holiday rentals to improve has been taken up by others.
In the mix are sites like next4weeks and snaptrip which emphasise the last minute deals you can get by booking late and being spontaneous.
Check them out next4weeks – snaptrip
Until there is any ground-breaking news in auctions however (i.e. never..) I am signing off on this blog!
Adiós holiday hunters!
Excuse the slight random elements in this post,
I discovered today that ‘holiday auctions’ means different things to different people.
My interpretation is a holiday for auction – in the style of eBay.co.uk. It seems a different and possibly more popular interpretation of this phrase is a auction you hold at Christmas.
More specifically, a ‘holiday’ (because American’s can’t call it Christmas despite over 3/4 of them being of a Christian denominiation) auction occurs around Christmas and is the charitable sale of prizes / tickets / other things.
It’s a good thing, but it needs a better name.
holidayauctions.org.uk is a curious site – it does very well in the organic listings for holiday auctions, however they don’t seem to bring much traffic to the site by other means. The site is well designed and quite appealing, but they are not marketing it. It’s curious though, they do have some lots online, and even some huge value ones (I think somebody is selling a boat on there for over £300,000!) so I’m surprised they’re not doing more.
To be honest this site is the one I am most hopeful about…
This site has been showing up on the search terms holiday auctions for quite some time now but nothing has yet appeared.
At the moment it still appears as though you have to register your interest in either listing or bidding on something. I would be keen to see something spring up here but I am getting tired of constantly checking. In 6 weeks time we’ll be celebrating the first aniversary of this Holiday auctions blog going up but nothing seems to have changed in our market place yet!
This site popped up quite quietly last week – http://www.bidango.co.uk
It’s a site for listing vacation rentals in an auction style, with specific weeks listed as products to bid on.
Be an interesting one to watch – bidango.
When I posted that I had Google’d “travel auctions” you might have wondered why I didn’t mention the top result – the reason is that I wanted to check it out thoroughly and reserve judgement until I had taken a good look.
Well that first result is http://www.skyauction.com/ and I’m still yet to have a good look, but it does look promising.
When I started to google for ‘holiday auctions’ I become rather narrow minded, as I posted yesterday, I need to look elsewhere – so far it’s looking more promising.
Wikipedia has a page for online travel auctions meaning somebody out there created it and nobody deleted it!
The page doesn’t give any good examples, but it does describe the sort of websites I am looking for. Let’s hope there is more joy to come…