Secure password protected Member login
Tiered member accounts (based on free or paid membership options)
Booking engine - rates not visible unless you log in (API integration with vendor for hotel rooms)
Payment acceptance for booking hotels
Payment acceptance for membership fees (monthly or annual)
Membership Plans, Pricing & Benefits
"Our Hotels” page
Streamlined design without too many pages
Easy to navigate
Available and simple on mobile
Optimized for search engines
Ideally one contractor could handle everything, but we're willing to break the project into the following categories if need be:
1. Website design
2. Booking Engine / API integration with vendor
3. Content writing (description of travel destinations, etc)
More details on the project:
This online travel agency is a small startup project we have been working on putting together. We have the business details worked out, now all we need is a website to help us execute our vision. We will be offering hotel accommodations through a sole vendor and want to offer booking in two ways depending on the membership status of the user. Free members will be offered standard "best available" rates which can be viewed by anyone, and premium paid members will be offered significantly discounted rates which we are not allowed to publish publicly. We plan on subsidizing these low rates which will have very little / no markup with monthly/annual membership fees paid by premium users. The vendor uses XML for API integration and I have access to all of their specifications.
Considering this model, we will need a website which will allow for the creation of user profiles with different levels of rate access depending on whether they are free or premium users. It is very important that the discounted rates available for premium users are not revealed to anyone else as violations for exposing this information could lead to the termination of our contract with the vendor.
In addition to acceptance of payment for bookings, we will need a way to accept payment for membership fees for premium users. Fees will be collected on a monthly, recurring basis or annually.
In the future we would like free users to have the ability to earn points based on money spent on standard bookings which they could redeem for trial access to the paid premium discounted rates, which would require some kind of tracking.
We have a website domain hosted on Bluehost and have WordPress installed there, but I don't have the expertise, the time, or the patience to figure all of this out myself. Would love to get this up and running as soon as possible.
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Clarification Board Ask a Question
1) Which vendor API you will be using for listing travel packages, hotel rooms?
2) Payment will be handled by you (on your website) or the vendor via their payment API (if exists)?
which payment gateway will be used for payment processing?