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Charles Saldarini, Sat May 05, 2018
 
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The Trip Management Platform Challenge: Relovate vs. DropBox

The Trip Management Platform Challenge: Relovate  vs. DropBox

Full disclosure, I'm a DropBox fan, have been for several years. I love the reliability and of course the multi-device sync.  It is a superior tool, in my humble view.

Recently I came across this post from Sandy Berger, writing for GOGO back in January 2017, called Here's How Dropbox is Your Traveling Companion. It made me wonder just exactly how our platform at Relovate stacks up vs. DropBox in the matter of trip management.

Granted, we built Relovate purposely and specifically for trip management, so the comparison is a bit of apples to oranges. But, in the spirit of helping those of you who are DropBox fans, cloud supporters, and friends of the environment we thought it would be fun to highlight some platform similarities and for travel specifically, some differences.

Platform Comparison: At a Glance 
Features & BenefitsDrop BoxRelovate
PlatformCloud based file sharing & creative collaborationCloud based platform for trip management and collaborative trip planning
DescriptionDropbox is a modern workspace designed to reduce busywork—so you can focus on the things that matter.Relovate is a modern workspace for starting, building, editing and managing trips in one place—so you can feel good about your planning.
Value PropositionKeep everything organized without breaking your flowKeep everything organized and take your time planning trips.
Special SauceDropbox brings your files together, in one central place. They’re easy to find and safely synced across all your devices—so you can access them anytime, anywhere.Relovate brings your locations, searches, dates, notes and travel options together in one central place. Trips are easy to find and synced across all your devices—so you can access them anytime.
Big BenefitNo more wasting the day tracking down work.No more wasting time tracking emails, sticky notes or trip details.
Use from Any DeviceYes, flawlesslyYes, full mobile responsive application
Session SynchYes, flawlesslyYes, flawlessly
Collaboration FeaturesCollaborate on presentations, designs, and any kind of fileCollaborate on trips, with multiple parties, simultaneously
Travel Platform Comparison
Features & BenefitsDrop BoxRelovate
Trip LibraryManually create a file for each trip.Automatic trip creation, save, and store capability with on demand access from any device, anytime.
Copy Trip DataNot supported.Copy a trip to replicate all trip data; change the dates to refresh prices and availability.
Live Trip CollaborationNot supported.Each party sees the suggestions of the others. A private chat tool manages the discussions.
Travel Contact DetailsManually search, copy, create and save to a file.Auto saves all booking details including reservation numbers, confirmation numbers, contact information.
Booking InformationManually search, copy, create and save to a file.Auto saves rates, prices, check in information, cancellation and ensures points programs are credited.
Companion Traveler DetailsManually search, copy, create and save to a file.Supports an unlimited number of complete traveler profiles including frequent flyer and loyalty program numbers.
Hotel DetailsManually search, copy, create and save to a file.Automatically provides full details on demand from any device including property description, room types, rates, reviews, photos and maps plus geo-indexed restaurants, activities, attractions and points of interest.
MapsManually search, copy, create and save to a file.Automatically provides maps for all locations and indicates where all considered items are in relation to primary bookings, such as restaurants in relation to hotels.
ItinerariesDocument storage only.Automatically creates itinerary from all booked items
Boarding pass ImagesImage storage only.Supports copy and paste of boarding pass images into the flight notes fields.

Ok, so it’s not surprising we think Relovate is a better tool for trip management than DropBox. But DropBox is a better tool for file sharing and now, creative document, and presentation collaboration. We just think for trips, you should be on the only platform that has been built specifically for trip management.