TRAVEL OPTIMIZER & ANALYZER
Demo Site: http://theraj.org/travel/
DESCRIPTION Travel Optimizer & Analyzer is a 100% self-contained fully responsive web tool. Cutting travel costs may be an overall agency/department/office goal, but it can only be achieved by cutting costs on individual trips. This tool works on this premise - by connecting the past data to the current/live data for Flights, Car Rentals, and Hotels for planning individual trips.
This tool provides clear visual results that connects current live fares/data with the past reservation fares/data. With this streamlined information, the user can optimize each trip by making an informed decision. The tool is also designed to optimize Flight, Car, and Hotel fares independent of each other - enabling the user to optimize any aspect of the trip.
The analysis section specifically focuses on analyzing past data. It allows drill-down to each organization, office, year-over-year and categories. It provides clear visual data in both chart and table format.
Benefits At Multiple Levels - Anyone, Anywhere & Any Aspect • Benefits users at all levels - i.e. travelers, travel managers, officers, and decision-makers. • This tool can be used on a variety of devices - i.e. Desktop, Laptop, Tablet, Smartphone, etc. • Allows optimization of all key travel aspects - Flights, Cars, and Hotels. • Clear and consistent visual results of both past and live/current data. • Easy to navigate to any part of the site with just one or two clicks (or touch). • Clearly separated sections for easy recognition.
Benefits To Agencies • With simple industry standard steps, the site can be setup within hours. • Easy to move/replicate to different servers/agencies with minimal changes. • The tool is self-contained and it does not affect any other part of the agency's existing web site, structure, or its pages. • Ready to host on secure "https" sites. • All content is stored in MySQL database for easy management. No multiple/duplicate copies of data in different formats or locations. • Easily expandable - i.e. to add incremental services/components to the existing tool.
DATASETS & SERVICES USED Past Data : GSA provided Card, Reservation and Voucher datasets. Current/Live Data : 2014 City Pair data for Flights, Live Hotwire API/Service for Car Rentals and Hotels.
SYSTEM REQUIREMENTS Client - End-Users - i.e. User Facing Site • Any modern browser(s) - i.e. Chrome, IE, Firefox, Safari, Opera, etc. • Any type of device(s) - i.e. Desktop, Laptop, Tablet, Smartphone, etc. • Any operating systems - i.e. Windows (8, 7, Vista, etc.), Mac OS X, Linux, Chrome OS, iOS, Android, Windows Phone, BlackBerry, etc. Agency - Web Server • MySQL, PHP Agency - Admin • Any modern browser(s) - i.e. Chrome, IE, Firefox, Safari, Opera, etc. • Type of device(s) - Desktop, Laptop. • Operating system(s) - Linux, Windows, Mac OS X.
FUTURE CONSIDERATIONS • Currently City Pair and one live provider (Hotwire) data are integrated as a demonstration. Multiple providers can be integrated to achieve best fare/results. • Integrate with the most recent current-year data to achieve best optimization results. • Dynamically analyze current-year data and optimize travel plans to manage current-year's budget.