Springtime in London, Trip Planning with Amadeus.net

January 8, 2015 — Leave a comment
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Whether you’re planning a trip for business or pleasure, Amadeus.net wants you to be inspired and for you to inspire others. They are reimagining the way you plan for a trip. If you don’t know, Amadeus builds the software behind many of the World’s largest travel booking websites. Now, they have an interface for you, that is simple, useful, and fun!

Let’s get started! 🙂

Go to Amadeus.net and click on “sign up” at the top. Add your email and a password, and “sign up.” I would add some information about yourself by hovering the cursor over your user name and clicking on “My profile.” Once you add your name, your user name will change. You can even add your photo.

Let’s create a plan for your next journey. This is the fun part! Go to the plan creation page. You can also find it by clicking on “Trip tools” and then “Create your own plan.” First, name your plan. My plan is called “Springtime in London” because I enjoyed my stay before my first walk on the Camino de Santiago so much. I can’t wait to return!

Next, add some tags. I included flowers, parks, London, museums, and Royal Family. You can easily select a photo for your plan. I had a choice of many photos of London that popped up. Next, add a description. I kept mine short, “Parks, flowers, walks, history, museums… Springtime is magical in London!” You may also share your plan by email to a friend or with someone on Facebook.

Finding and booking a flight is easy on Amadeus.net. You have access to 95% of the World’s scheduled seats. Although Amadeus.net is a non-transactional site, you will be directed to their referral partner agencies or airlines, if you so choose to book. Go to the home page Amadeus.net and you have a choice of traditional and non-traditional search. The traditional search will be the same as you use in many of the top travel booking sites because Amadeus is the software that powers them. For the non-traditional search, you just click on the words that are underlined and enter your own information. For fun, click on the destination shown for some inspiration.

I searched for flights departing Vancouver, Canada to London on April 29th for one month. If you check on the left of your search, other fares are shown. I changed my flight to a cheaper one that departs on May 1st and returns on June 1st. Now, let’s add the flight to your plan. On your selected flight, click on “Add to plan” and then “add to selected plan” on the pop up. The flight will then be saved. From your plan, you can also add links for your destination and any notes. Then, don’t forget to make your plan public (top right). When you create a public plan it should become searchable in Destinations and Inspiration.

Don’t forget to share your plan on social media where you can get ideas and inspire others. Of course, your plan can be changed at any time.

One important feature of Amadeus.net is the Trip Tools which you can click on at the top of the page. Here, there are useful tools such as world clock, weather, a currency converter, metric converter, a very handy airport and subway guide for your destination, dialling codes, and a flight planner.

Amadeus.net is still in Beta mode and is constantly being tweaked and improved. In the near future, you will also be able to book hotels from Amadeus.net. I invite you to “Take a tour” from the top of the page, and then get inspiration from other plans. My plan can be found here: Springtime in London. I invite your feedback and please tweet me your plans. One note: I found some of the planning features worked better in Safari than Chrome at this time.

Thanks to Amadeus.net for giving me the opportunity to write about their trip planning website. Congratulations on this new and exciting venture!

 

About Randall St. Germain

Randall St. Germain, author of Camino de Santiago In 20 Days, is a middle-aged Canadian Boy who is passionate about nature, photography, hiking, music, and self-improvement. After the death of his mother, he chose to walk the famous pilgrimage, the Camino de Santiago, across the north of Spain, despite knowing little about it. He certainly didn’t plan to write a book until the latter days of his Camino. Similar to walking the Camino, writing and publishing a book was a learning experience. It was also very rewarding, and part of his ongoing journey. Please join him as he takes you along on his journey in Camino de Santiago In 20 Days, and on his blog Camino My Way.

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