Press Release: BusRates.com Announces Site Upgrades

ALEXANDRIA, VA   (May 1, 2018)  Busrates just put group travel planning in the fast lane with speed and site upgrades to the website and a top-to-bottom redesign that produces mobile-friendly and straightforward search results.

The site upgrades for this online platform will allow it to continue to be the leader in matching group travel planners with motorcoach and limousine companies that can fulfill their travel needs. And it’s still the number one way for group travel professionals to book directly and save up to 25 percent.

Searching by zip code, state, or city, users will receive lightning-fast results presented in a new format that is straightforward, attractive, and easy to understand. Each result includes high-quality photos of a provider’s fleet, a list of amenities, a company description, relevant reviews, and contact information allowing users to easily compare companies. The improvements will benefit travel planning professionals as well as individuals who have never planned a bus or limousine trip.

“We’re so happy to be able to offer this new and improved version of BusRates to both our subscribing companies and our users” stated Steven Valley, BusRates General Manager.

“We’re so happy to be able to offer this new and improved version of BusRates to both our subscribing companies and our users who plan travel,” said Steven Valley, BusRates General Manager when he announced the changes to the site. “We have a loyal base of subscribers and users who asked us to improve our platform to meet their changing needs. Busrates.com took up the challenge and we are pleased to respond with greater functionality for users and subscribers alike. Faster and easier is what consumers want and we delivered. Motorcoaches are the safest and greenest mode of transportation and Busrates.com is proud to help the industry to best serve the traveling public,” said Valley.


To see the site upgrades for yourself,  go to https://www.busrates.com and begin your group travel adventure today!


Users can select any or all of the companies displayed, add them to a shopping cart, and after filling out a simple questionnaire about their trip, hit submit to send a request for quotes (RFQ) to all the companies in the cart. Once the user hits send, the RFQs go out in seconds, not minutes.

The site upgrades and improved user experience also extends to motorcoach and limousine operators who are Busrates.com subscribers whose companies are listed on the site. Behind the scenes, subscribers will find a sleek new interface for managing their company’s profile in real time, an intuitive and user-friendly design, more robust reporting, and fast and secure billing,

Owned by the United Motorcoach Association (UMA), BusRates.com offers direct access to hundreds of bus and limo companies. As the leading resource for consumers seeking group travel information, BusRates.com received more than 800,000 visits last year and current projections show it will exceed that figure by 2019. BusRates.com is the world-wide leader in providing group travel solutions and has revolutionized the way that people can obtain reliable results that save both time and money.

“We’re so happy to be able to offer this new and improved version of BusRates to both our subscribing companies and our users” stated Steven Valley, BusRates General Manager. “We have a loyal base of subscribers and users who asked us to improve the site to meet their changing needs. Busrates.com took up the challenge and we are pleased to respond with greater functionality for users and subscribers alike.  Motorcoaches are the safest and greenest mode of transportation and Busrates.com is proud to help the industry to best serve the travelling public,” said Valley.


To see the site upgrades for yourself,  go to https://www.busrates.com and begin your group travel adventure today!


About BusRates.com: Save Money, Save Time… Go Direct!

We are a directory of contact information for bus operators that group travel providers across the United States and Canada can access. Use the BusRates directory to plan your group travel easily and directly. By directly, we mean you can “skip the middleman” and avoid the price markup that a national broker or travel agent would tack onto your rate. The BusRates directory allows you to do just that, saving you time and money! That’s the BusRates advantage.

The BusRates directory has broken down each company listed on it into consistent data points that are easier to understand empowering users to find the company that best fits their needs and then easily compare it against others listed in those same search results. Companies on the site have had their DOT’s verified, and their insurance listed so consumers can do their own research with that peace of mind.  For more info go to: https://www.busrates.com

For more information: 

Contact: Julie Ryder
Phone: 703-838-2929 x134
Email:
jryder@uma.org

Planning a Bus Trip Through British Columbia

British Columbia has a lot to offer. From beautiful landscapes to fun sightseeing in downtown Vancouver, there is something to do for everyone in organized travel groups to enjoy. Planning a trip can leave you stressed trying to find the perfect activities to fill your time. Your trip can be a short one or a long one, British Columbia will keep you busy the whole time. These are the top 10 things for organized travel groups to do on a bus trip through British Columbia.

  1. Visit North America’s third largest park, Stanley Park. Experience the Seawall, a scenic, 5.5-mile path along the waterfront. The park has 1,000 acres, which includes an aquarium, nature center, and other recreational facilities.
  2. Explore Granville Island, a former industrial site that has been transformed into an artsy, posh neighborhood with quaint shops, cafes, and bookstores.
  3. Walk through spectacular shoreline panoramas and seaward vistas on the Wild Pacific Trail, located in Ucluelet. You can storm watch and see how the wild storm waves and high tides impact the coastline with every storm big or small.

    Setting up your group trip to British Columbia is easy with Busrates, that’s right we cover all of Canada as well at the continental US!


  4. The Capilano Suspension Bridge offers an irreplaceable view of the forest below from a treetop suspension bridge built it 1889.
  5. Butchart Gardens is the perfect activity for plant lovers. Visit the well-known botanical garden in Brentwood Bay on Vancouver Island in British Island.
  6. The Whistler Blackcomb is perfect for the active and athletic visitors. This ski resort is the largest in North America located north of Vancouver.
  7. Pacific Rim National Park Reserve comprises three separate regions: Long Beach, the Broken Group Islands, and the West Coast Trail including a beach and a 75 km rainforest trail.
  8. See the beautiful Okanagan Lake with breathtaking views of the mountains from the valley.
  9. Learn about the history of British Columbia by exploring the museums like Science World & Royal British Columbia Museum. They will have interactive displays that are fun for all ages.
  10. Experience royalty at the Craigdarroch Castle, lavish furnishings from the 1890s and it’s known for stained-glass and intricate woodwork.

British Columbia stretches across Canada’s west coast along the Pacific Ocean. There are plenty of activities for organized travel groups to take part in. Visiting this beautiful Canadian providence will not leave visitors bored or disappointed. From the beautiful landscapes to cute little coffee shops, there is something for everyone to love about British Columbia. Start planning your bus trip through British Columbia today!

4 Things to Remember for Your Next Group Travel Vacation

Group travel vacations can be an amazing experience. Your group will experience new things and make memories that will last a lifetime. Whether you’re going far or staying close to home, travel in groups can be the perfect vacation. A lot thought and time goes into travel in groups so that everyone will have fun. Here are 4 things to remember for your next travel vacation that will make it the best yet.

Group travel by bus is one of the best and most relaxing ways that you can go. Your group has the ability to sit where they want, talk with the driver (when he isn’t driving of course) and see the countryside quietly. Finding a bus that is perfect for your group is as simple as… well typing BusRates!

  1. Remember, with group travel you need to have patience. Even if you plan every second of the trip it’s inevitable that something will go wrong. Having patience while figuring out how to get through it will make the bump go a lot smoother. Having patience with the members of your group can make the trip better. Travel is exhausting and not everyone reacts to exhaustion well. Keeping that everyone is tired and trying to figure out what is next on the itinerary in mind, will keep arguments and irritation to a minimum.
  2. Make sure your group is all in agreement on the itinerary. If even one group member doesn’t want to be involved it can ruin the trip. If the people you go with are only going to please you or because you really want to go, the trip may not be as fun as it could be. Having a downer on the trip will bring the entire trip down. Obviously every item on the itinerary may not please everyone, but as long as some of it makes each member happy it should not ruin the trip. Just be sure you have something for everyone.
  3. Choose a good group chat app, like Google Hangouts or Facebook Messenger. Having open and easily accessible communication is key for putting the trip on without a hitch. Each member should have everyone’s contact information and there should be a group message available to discuss ideas and share information as needed.
  4. If you are the vacation planner, you have your work cut out for you. It takes a lot of time and energy to plan a whole trip. You cannot do it alone. Delegating tasks to the other people going on the trip will make the whole process easier. Split the tasks such as coming up with a list of viable hotels, restaurants, and activities to do on the vacation will help once the group comes to a consensus on where to go.

Now that you know these 4 things to remember for your next group vacation, start planning yours today! If you need more info on bus types click here.

 

Find the Perfect Group Vehicle for your Needs!

BusRates - Find quotes and book direct from your local charter bus companies

How many times have you thought “I need a vehicle for my group but what’s the perfect group vehicle?” That’s a good question and one that we get all the time. So here is a compendium of notes on all of the different kinds of vehicles you can expect form the 100’s of vendors here in BusRates!

Well here’s a way to ensure that you’ll find that perfect group vehicle. Take a moment to go through this simple pdf guide (Click here for the web page version if you don’t want to download the pdf) to familiarize yourself with what you’re looking for and then switch over to the BusRates.com search page and start looking for the perfect group vehicle for your needs. We show things like seating, amenities, and pictures all laid out in a simple grid form with a description.

As always it’s a simple 3-step process that could save you up to 25% of your travel costs. Best part is you’ll find the perfect group vehicle for your perfect group!

 

 

This white paper covers the following topics:

  • Vehicle types
  • How many passengers they hold
  • Typical amenities to expect

Who or what is BusRates?

BusRates is a resource designed for anyone who needs a charter bus— even if you’re a  first-time group travel planner, or an experienced group leader or travel professional. With BusRates you pick a vehicle type, provide details, and you’ll be in contact with vendors who want your business. BusRates takes the most important aspects of chartering group travel, and presents it in an organized, consistent, easy-to- use tool.

If you need more help, click below and we’ll be able to get you the right vehicle for your needs.

4 Ways to Make Planning a Group Getaway Itinerary Easier

A well-planned group getaway itinerary ensures that you get the most out of your trip.

However, making that group getaway itinerary can be challenging. Here are four tips you can use to make your trip planning sessions simpler.

 1. Gather Your Paperwork

Start your group getaway planning process by gathering some vital information. This will give you everything you need when it’s time to start booking.

  • Make a checklist that includes every step you need to complete. Assign dates to time-sensitive tasks.
  • Have each traveler fill out a form that includes their name, contact information, and personal preferences.
  • Find a travel itinerary template or make your own. Use Excel to make your file easily shareable with the group.

2. Buy Vacation Packages

Vacation bundles that include your airfare, hotel, and rental vehicles are a great way to save time and possibly reduce your total bill. While online booking sites are convenient, they do have some drawbacks.


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  • You may not be able to get exactly what you want. To keep the prices competitive, booking sites don’t always offer the best options.
  • You might actually pay more. Since the booking site has to get a cut of the profit, you might be able to get a better deal by working with the airline, hotel, or rental agency.
  • You sacrifice flexibility. Many sites will limit your ability to reschedule, cancel, or otherwise change your plans once payment is received.
  • Watch for extra fees. Monuments, museums, and other tourist attractions that charge admission may not be included in your package.

3. Keep Accurate Records

Tracking payments, travel times, and personalities is a struggle for even the most organized individual. However, accurate records are essential to a smooth experience.

  • Use an accordion folder to store checklists, receipts, and brochures. Include a copy of online purchase receipts.
  • More technical planners can use a scanner to make digital copies of files that are easy to store and reference when needed.
  • Create a map or spreadsheet of your trip that includes each planned activity to avoid overscheduling and other conflicts.
  • Even if you do have a digital backup, keep a hard copy of vital data like flight times, addresses, and reservation numbers.

4. Get Professional Help

Professional travel agents are the simplest way to make sure you have the best possible vacation for several reasons.


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  • Experienced agents have connections with service providers at a number of travel destinations that allow them to get you exactly what you want at the best price available.
  • Using a travel agent protects your group from shady businesses.
  • Thorough agents can make suggestions that enhance your established plans.

Instead of spending hours researching and calling, your agent will attend to all the details. All you have to do is enjoy yourself!

Follow these tips to reduce the challenges of planning your group’s travel itinerary.

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