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Tuesday, October 21st 2014

Travel junkie Chris Myden presents...
"Canada's Travel Deal Community"

www.Ydeals.com

2012
27
November
The Ultimate All Inclusive Deal Finder v2.0 is now live! Feedback wanted!

You might remember back in May I asked for your feedback on a test version of a tool I was building, called the Ultimate All Inclusive Deal Finder.

A big thank you goes out to everyone who sent feedback, you have no idea how much it was appreciated! I really wasn't expecting to receive thousands of amazing e-mails containing both praise and ideas for future development.

I'm proud to say that after 5 more months of making improvements, the Ultimate All Inclusive Deal Finder is now officially live, and I think you'll find that the live version is a significant upgrade from the test version.

Here's just a sample of what's new....

- You can now browse more than just the top 3 deals. In fact, you can now browse, sort, and explore *all* of the deals in any way you see fit.

- Map View: Shows where all the deals are using Google Maps.

- Filters: From star ratings to hotel names, to the days of the week that you can depart, the filters let you quickly narrow it down to exactly what you're looking for.

The goal here was to create search technology from the ground up that was not only faster and better than any other travel site in existence, but also build an innovative interface that eliminated all the frustrations and limitations that I've run across when searching for a travel deal.

For example, I've always hated travel sites that limit you to searching one departure date at a time. I wanted to be able to search as wide a date range as possible when searching for a deal.

I also wanted to be able to pick and choose precisely which destinations I may or may not be interested in. Wanting to search for 'anywhere but Mexico' should be easy, not hard.

So please, try out the live version and let me know what you think!

Try it here:

Ultimate All Inclusive Deal Finder

http://www.yycdeals.com/all-inclusive-vacations-from-Calgary/ultimate-all-inclusive-deal-finder/?modify

You'll also find the tool now has a permanent home under the 'All-Inclusive Deals' tab at the top of YYCdeals.com

Basically, if you could just try searching for a deal (to anywhere) and let me know if it works well or not for you, I would be grateful.

If you happen to know which browser you're using and the version, that would be very useful to me too.

And just like last time, if you have any thoughts or first impressions on the live version of the tool (good or bad, critiques are valuable!), that would be *really* appreciated.

You can contact me through the form at:

http://www.yycdeals.com/contact

I hope this is just the beginning of what can be built to make it easier for Canadians to find travel deals, so if you have any feature requests, I'm all ears. What frustrates you the most when trying to find a deal?

And here are the answers to the top two questions I received during the beta-testing period:

What in the world do the 'Deal Scores' mean?


(example of a deal score, 75 out of 100)

If you're like me, you check out the prices on a bunch of different vacation packages, and then read reviews on places like TripAdvisor to see what kind of resort quality you're getting.

I'm always looking for the deal where the price is the most out of line with the quality I'm getting. I always want the most for the least. I want to find the 5 star package for a 3 star price. The trouble is, this can be a very time consuming process, not to mention that prices change all the time. And how do you know which one is *precisely* the best deal?

So I created the 'Deal Scores' to help analyze and compare the millions of all-inclusive package prices out there against the millions of review scores.

That way, a person knows precisely how good or bad a deal is, relative to the millions of other deals out there just by looking at the Deal Score out of 100. Something that would take a person weeks of research to figure out takes a computer just seconds.

The higher the deal score, the better the deal, compared to all other deals.

What about deals to places like Las Vegas? Hawaii? Disneyland?

This first tool was designed to only search true all-inclusive packages. An 'all-inclusive' package is basically just a flight & hotel package that also includes all meals and drinks.

If you don't see the destination you're looking for, the chances are that destination does not offer all-inclusive packages (U.S. destinations for example do not have 'all-inclusive' resorts where meals and drinks are included).

Now that this first tool has been released, I'll build one for regular flight & hotel packages, which would include U.S. destinations like Las Vegas, Hawaii, Disneyland, etc.

So even if you don't care about all-inclusive packages, your feedback is definitely appreciated, as it will help shape the travel search tools that I plan to build. Let me know what frustrates you the most about searching for travel deals on today's travel sites.

Try it out:

Ultimate All Inclusive Deal Finder

http://www.yycdeals.com/all-inclusive-vacations-from-Calgary/ultimate-all-inclusive-deal-finder/?modify

Let me know what you think:, you can contact me through the form at:

http://www.ydeals.com/contact

Thank you,

Chris Myden

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2012
26
September
Don't fall for the '$128 for 2 roundtrip flights' OneStopTravel scam

Over the past little while, I've had a lot of people ask me about a deal they've seen pop up on a variety of those 'daily deal' type sites (you know the ones, the Groupon-esque clones that were all the rage last year, and initially had some legitimately great deals but have now all turned into a wasteland of spa treatments and massages you can never get an appointment for).

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2012
20
September
Is it possible to get a good deal on a flight within Canada ?



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2011
31
March
I should have paid more attention in French class

A big thanks to Marie-Julie Gagnon over at http://www.EnTransit.ca/

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2011
18
January
So, I'm now blogging for a large Canadian media conglomerate

Last month, a kind soul and devoted reader took the time to point out to me that Sympatico.ca was looking to fill the position of 'Travel deal blogger' for the Travel section of their giant web portal.

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2010
25
November
Milestone reached: We've just hit 10,000 posts on the Ycheap forums!

The Ycheap forums

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2010
30
August
Ycheap.com has launched - hooray!

With nearly 200,000 Canadians posting their travel questions on Facebook, it quickly became obvious that we would need a place to help organize things a bit, and make it easier for people to search for deals, travel advice, etc.

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