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DealAngel wants to eradicate deal fatigue for travellers searching for hotels

TLabs Showcase on travel startups featuring US-based DealAngel, a new hotel search engine which pricing data to rank properties by value rather than price.

Who and what are you (including personnel and backgrounds)?

Co-founder Roman Peskin is a former cluster revenue manager and the other co-founder, Bob Rogers, was previously a director at Expedia. Basically between the two of us we know pretty well all tricks the hotels and booking sites have up their sleeves.

About a year ago we decided to take the analytics developed for our B2B app and put this power into the end consumers’ hands.

What financial support did you have to launch the business?

We received seed funding from Foresight Ventures.

What problem are you trying to solve?

The first problem we want to solve is the “deal fatigue” consumers feel from spending loads of time searching through reams of offers when they just want to book a hotel.

Secondly, DealAngel also aims to provide peace of mind by backing up the deals we have identified with supporting data.

While other sites just list the present market prices for each hotel, DealAngel uses analytics to determine the fair market value for each hotel on each future arrival day.

The greater the difference between the actual rate and the expected rate, the bigger the deal (or rip-off)

Describe the business, core products and services?

DealAngel is the first hotel deal FIND engine. We help consumers beat the system by finding the hotels that are pricing below their fair market value.

Who are your key customers and users at launch?

Our key customers are travellers who are looking for hotel offers with the best value-for-money.

It’s especially useful for people who are looking for a quality hotel at a great value in destinations where there are many competing hotels, such as Las Vegas, New York, Miami, or San Francisco.

Did you have customers validate your idea before investors?

We spent several months in private beta, evolving the site based on real user feedback. We had several of the few hundred beta testers book hotels, and their feedback was integrated into the present product.

What is the business AND revenue model, strategy for profitability?

We don’t charge any booking fee; we generate revenue through a referral fee from the hotels and booking sites. We partner with more than 30 providers, including the best-known online travel agencies.

SWOT analysis – strengths, weaknesses, opportunities and threats?

Strengths:

  • Our ability to determine what a hotel should be charging on any given day. This addresses the biggest challenge with hotels: there is no ticket price for a hotel room; the rate is ultimately determined by supply and demand.

Weaknesses:

  • We are entering an already crowded space.

Opportunities:

  • Expansion of DealAngel into additional geographies, mobile, and adding additional consumer-centric functionalities (stay tuned).

Threats:

  • Primarily from Google trying to pimp-out their hotel search tools with analytics. But Google has enough on its plate at the moment.

Who advised you your idea isn’t going to be successful and why didn’t you listen to them?

Several people pointed out the “crowded space” issue, and how much you need to spend to get any traction in travel and hotels.

We didn’t listen because cutting through all this noise and providing some objectivity is precisely what the consumer needs the most these days.

What is your success metric 12 months from now?

A rapidly growing customer base, a group of raving fans, and expansion into Europe & Asia.

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Kevin May

About the Writer :: Kevin May

Kevin May is editor and a co-founder of Tnooz. He was previously editor of UK-based magazine Travolution for nearly four years and web editor of Media Week UK from 2003 to 2005.

He has also worked in regional newspapers (Essex Enquirer) and started his career in journalism at the Police Gazette at New Scotland Yard in London. He has a degree in criminology and a postgraduate diploma in magazine journalism.

 

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  3. Dennis Schaal

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    Roman: What do you do that Dealbase doesn’t already do? Here’s its description.

    “Thanks for stopping by DealBase.com, your home for travel deals. Here you’ll find deals from thousands of sources, including airline and hotel websites, email newsletters, private hotel offers, rewards programs and online travel agencies. In fact, we’ve got the largest collection of flight and hotel deals and discount offers on the planet.

    “Our hotel deals are analyzed and real savings are shown in a consistent way, so you can easily compare “apples to apples” across multiple deals. For flight deals, we’ve taken all the fare sales and insider discounts and organized the rates by destination and arrival city. When you find a deal you like and are ready to book it, we take you directly to the airline, hotel or online travel agency to make the booking.”

     
    • Roman Peskin

      I say ‘I got a deal’ when I paid less money that a fair price for something. With hotels it is pretty darn hard to figure what IS a fair price – rates are different every day and constantly changing. But this is what we have figured out – using the technology we have previously built for hotels we identify ‘undervalued’ hotel offers and put them on top of the pile.
      I don’t know what DealBase does or doesn’t do but have you EVER booked a DEAL via this service? :)

       
  4. Michael Scepaniak

    Gorgeous UI. That alone will entice me back. Interesting approach. Good luck.

    Mike…

     
    • Roman Peskin

      Thanks, Mike!
      Here at DealAngel we believe that there is no excuse for ugly products :)
      Unfortunately most travel websites and OTAs are. We are just trying to fix that!

       
  5. Stuart Lodge

    Ok tried it for London for 2 nights midweek in May, June and November. All deals snapped up unfortunately. Unusual. To be fair still says limited support/in beta. Must say it looks lovely though. Good luck.

     
    • Roman Peskin

      Stuart, thanks for trying! We are currently only serving major markets in the US and Canada. Check back in a few weeks, London will be our first international market!

       
  6. Pete Meyers

    I think it’s a snazzy idea — testing it for NYC gave solid results and the ranking style of “great” vs. “good” deals is helpful.

    Not sure if this is a standalone concept versus feature (that usual debate), but good execution on an idea that benefits travelers.

     
  7. Alex Kremer

    If there’s a way, Roman will figure it out. Good luck Roman!

     
  8. Brenda Spoonemore

    Startups always have challenges but they are part of an emerging trend, which we’re big supporters of: transparency in the marketplace. Smart use of data can help a traveler navigate a plethora of options and ‘deals” in a number of different areas in the travel food chain. all the best!

     
  9. jonathan

    I wish dealangel all the very best, it may be hard however breaking into an already saturated european market which is heavily price driven

     
    • Kevin May

      Kevin May

      @jonathan – agree… Marketing is key here. And how many startups have huge reservoirs of marketing cash?

       
    • Roman Peskin

      Thanks, Jonathan!
      Nobody wants to be ripped-off and pay more. Neither Europeans nor Americans. And we go extra-mile in this direction of giving travelers peace of mind of of getting the best VALUE, not JUST PRICE.
      We give people a tool to extract extra value, to find market inefficiencies, to ‘beat the system’, the system which we, quite frankly, have contributed to building in the last 10 years.

       
 
 

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