Adioso traces its roots back in January 2008 to a self taught programmer, Fenn Bailey and his business partner, Tom Howard. Tom and Fenn had a trip to Thailand with friends in November of 2006 using Jetstar That’s when Fenn got the idea to start a travel site that optimized searching for Australian low-cost airlines with the best airfares and deals. The popularity of the travel site grew and was initially deployed from an internet cafe now part of Silicon Valley’s seed funding program.
Now the CEO of Adioso is not the founder but rather, a new member, Azim Barodawala. He is also the CEO of Volantio with Fenn Bailey as his CTO is. The travel meta search engine recently raised $15,000 in funding and $1 million in revenue.
What is Adioso?
Adioso is an Australian online travel agency designed to help travelers to find the best airfare deals and packages from low-cost airlines and other travel sites. The company slogan says “Travel to the places, things and people you love with complete flexibility”. Let us see how flexible Adioso works.
Initially, customers have to select their location by cities and airports, then they should just fill out the destination, dates and number of travelers to complete the basic search. In this review I selected from Vancouver, Canada to Amsterdam, Netherlands. My flight departure date was November 16 and the return date was November 20. I booked 2 Adults under Economy Class.
After entering the credentials and hitting “Find Flights” button a message pops up showing an option for travelers to receive the best deals in their inbox via Adioso’s newsletter service. Customers just have to type in their email address and hit sign up. Moving forward the search result page, I was actually confused about it, but I did notice that the prices are arranged from cheapest and from which airlines, the offer is available and it’s powered via Expedia and Cheapoair.
On a positive note, the result page might be confusing at first but it’s actually reliable because customers can filter the results from SmartView to Best, Cheapest or Fastest and it displays the flight’s duration and stop hours as well. They can also book one way instead of booking a round trip.
Think Twice with Adioso
Adioso is one of those fishy websites where no actual customer reviews are found. Only writers’ reviews are visible. How come? I wonder why such “said” popular site with so much flowery introduction and history has no ACTUAL reviews, feedback or comments? It is shown that the travel site is legit and user friendly, but how can someone trust a site if they have no basis of other’s opinions? No one will dare to buy online without much knowledge of the company’s efficiency.
- Website URL: www.adioso.com
- Contact number: 61 4 3520 5399
- Contact Email: email@example.com
- Head Office Address: PO Box 319, Richmond, Melbourne, VIC 3121, Australia
Adioso is painting a good picture in this field business. However they are lacking one essential factor in business: “People”. Without people, there will be no customers, without customers there will be no business. They may have employed the right people, but they don’t have enough customers to believe in them. Word of mouth is one of the assets of a company’s success and failure as well. Someone from their side should tell us at least if someone had already booked with them or no one has?
Feel free to be the judge as well, leave a comment below.