Should You Book with Traveloka? Here’s Why It’s Safe and Legit

Ever since we started using Traveloka last summer of 2017 for booking hotels and flights, planning for our trips have been easier, faster, and more budget-friendly because of their better deals and discount promo codes. We always get these questions from our friends and readers: “Is Traveloka legit?” “Is Traveloka a scam?” “Is Traveloka safe for online booking?”. The short answer: Traveloka is perfectly safe and legit for online booking. 
 
Beep and I have been using online booking platforms or online travel agencies (OTAs) even before we started this blog so before we use or even recommend any of them to our readers, we make sure we do our research and test them out first ourselves. After successfully booking with the Traveloka App, we  blogged about our hotel booking and flights booking experience where we also discussed the features that we loved about it. 

 

If you still have reservations about using Traveloka, here are a number of reasons why it’s perfectly safe and legit to use for booking your next hotel stay and flights:

1. Traveloka is a multi-awarded brand founded in Indonesia in 2012

Traveloka might be a new player in the Philippines but it’s been existing for years now and have been recognized as one of the top brands in Indonesia where it was started by former Silicon Valley engineers. You can find their list of awards here. Aside from Indonesia and the Philippines, they’re also operating successfully in other Southeast Asian countries like Malaysia, Thailand, Singapore, and Vietnam. In the Philippines, their following in Facebook alone is already over 3 million with countless user reviews and press features from credible news agencies like Philippine Star, Inquirer, and CNN. They were also recently the  presenting sponsor of Asia’s Got Talent 2017! Go ahead and read up on the user and blogger reviews, we highly recommend you do so before using any new technology.

2. No hidden fees. They’re not deceptive. 

Unlike other online booking platforms that shock you with additional fees and taxes at the checkout page, Traveloka already displays the actual amount at the beginning of your booking. The price already  includes taxes and other surcharges. This makes it easier for you to book within your budget. They also provide discount promo codes where you can get up to 20% or PHP500-800 off your total payment. Make sure you’re following their Facebook page and turn on notifications for the announcement of the promo codes.

3. Secure and flexible payment options

If you’re wary about online credit card transactions, you have other payment options to choose from and Traveloka will give you a time allowance to settle your payment. You can pay your booking at 7-Eleven, your local banks, pawnshops, and PayPal to name a few.

4. Integrated ratings and verified reviews to help you choose the best hotel 

Aside from Traveloka user reviews, they also include the verified ratings and reviews from TripAdvisor so you can choose the best hotel based on your budget and preferences. The ratings are already shown in the search results while you’re browsing and you can also sort the list by highest rating aside from the price.

 

Learn more about the features of Traveloka that we love here.

Download the Traveloka App now and find out why a lot of travelers like us love using it!

 

Gem is the co-founder and author of Travels with a Hobo. When she’s not hopping on a bus or a plane, climbing mountains, or soaking up the sun in one of the 7,641 islands of the Philippines, she lays in bed all day watching crime documentaries and TV shows and rewatching Game of Thrones. Winter is here.