How to Defend Online Travel Margins Against Web-Scraping Bots

April 10, 2015

In the years since everyone became their own travel agent, finding the best deal has become almost a Vegas-like “beat the system” game.

NB: This is an analysis by Rami Essaid, CEO and co-founder at Distil Networks.

Identify the precise time that an airline, hotel, or rental car company offers its lowest price, or best bundle of incentives, and you’re a winner! But the problem for the site operators is that automated bots are also hitting your site and looking for that magic point-in-time. In fact, your human prospects aren’t even your biggest source of traffic.

Welcome to the botworld of webscrapers and price-scrapers 

Web scraping bots are automated agents that are deployed across the web to gather specific information and/or deposit malware to assist in the acquisition of that information. 

  

 

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