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

United Motorcoach Association and BusRates Congratulates Elaine Chao

ALEXANDRIA, VA – The United Motorcoach Association (UMA) and BusRates.com applaud Elaine Chao for her confirmation as the nation’s 18th U.S. Transportation Secretary.

The members of UMA along with the subscribers of BusRates stand ready to work with Secretary Chao to advance safety and improvements in our infrastructure.

“The safety of our passengers and the nation’s traveling public is always our highest priority,” said UMA President & CEO Victor S. Parra. “In her confirmation testimony, Secretary Chao emphasized the role of the private sector throughout her testimony. Private sector bus companies are ready and willing to play an important role.”

We’re happy to be working with the Secretary and we’re looking forward to giving her a hand with any of the initiatives she and the department advance.

About the United Motorcoach Association

As North America’s largest association supporting motorcoach companies and their operators, the United Motorcoach Association (UMA) encompasses more than 900 passenger carriers. In addition to providing an array of passenger transportation services within each of the fifty United States, Mexico, and Canada, these companies partner with hundreds of members in the travel, supply, and manufacturing segments. From their headquarters in Alexandria, VA, UMA promotes and protects the interests of the diverse motorcoach industry.

 

BusRates Young Life Portal

I’m delighted to announce that UMA has been working with the Young Life organization so that their travel planners can use UMA’s BusRates website to more efficiently handle their bus and Motorcoach transportation needs.

To aid in this effort it was decided that a portal was needed, a portal is a specially designed website that serves as a single point of access for information and services to a business or group.

In case you’re not familiar with Young Life, it is a Christian ministry that reaches out to middle school, high school and college-aged kids in all 50 States, as well as more than 90 countries around the world.  Annually, Young Life moves over 250,000 kids and young adults to camps, events, and meetings around the US and Canada. Starting with this agreement, their travel planners will have the ability to work through the specially designed portal that will allow them to quickly, reliably, and consistently find bus charters. This portal will only be available to Young Life volunteers and staff members starting November 18th and will be maintained and upgraded throughout the coming months and years.

To be included in the portal you must be a UMA member in good standing, you must also be a BusRates subscriber, and have a 3-star rating or better on your Bus BusRates listing. And, don’t worry if you’re new to BusRates, and/or don’t have a rating, you’ll still be eligible to participate in this extraordinary member benefit. To help pay for the development and management of this service, BusRates will charge a $120 annual fee to all companies appearing in the portal.

Once those criteria have been achieved, a company will find itself on the site and eligible to bid on Young Life business that comes its way. Additionally, Young Life will be offering a Preferred Provider status to companies on the portal, more to come on this as it develops.

If you’re not a BusRates subscriber but want to be able to take advantage of this new exciting opportunity contact:

Sean McVay at: Sean.McVay@busrates.com
or
Omar Kamara at: ibrahim.kamara@busrates.com

We look forward to this new relationship and we’re excited to bring it to our membership.

2016 BusRates in Review

It’s been a great year and a lot has happened during it, here are some numbers that will give you an idea of just how much business and traffic BusRates generates. Check out our 2016 BusRates in Review.

Charter Bus Operators: Contact us today to receive your report (Sean.McVay@busrates.com ). Not a member of BusRates directory of local charter bus operators? Sign up today!

Interested in renting a charter bus for your group trip? Check out some helpful group travel tips for charter bus travel we’ve collected over the years.

Want to learn more about BusRates?

I think we can all agree that getting some training, classroom time, instruction… whatever you want to call it is a good thing. Especially as it relates to improving your business or your companies profitability. To that end, BusRates had your best interests in mind when we created this year’s training series: The 2016 3-Part Training Course!

This series has been offered every quarter and we’ve had full classes! 25 students are the best size for these classes and we’ve had a great deal of success with the format and we’ll be continuing them next year, along with some additions. We’re adding more classes because as with any digital solution we’ve been busy making changes and improving the site and we need to make sure that you all know how to take advantage of those improvements.

Over the past 9 months, a lot has been changing about how BusRates works, how it takes in information, and how it processes that information and sends it out to its member bus companies, hotels, restaurants, and attractions. It’s a lot to keep track of and it’s a lot to know, so that’s why we’ve begun hosting training webinars. Every quarter we’ve been holding basic training webinars that cover the following:

A one hour course broken down into 3 parts:
Pt1:
Site Basics Pt2: Building Content Pt3: The Expansion Pac

Take part in a one hour webinar on the following subjects: How to access your account, set-up your page, build content, run reports, upload photos and logos and become a power user in the comfort of your own office!

Take part in a one hour webinar on the following subjects: How to access your account, set-up your page, build content, run reports, upload photos and logos and become a power user in the comfort of your own office!

 In the next few months we’ll be announcing the 2017 Webinar series and we’ll be covering the following and much more:

  1. Reporting
  2. Back office navigation
  3. Power users
  4. Group Travel Planners
  5. Setting up Social Media
We’re looking forward to hearing from you and as always if you have any questions feel free to drop us a line: info@busrates.com