New Hotel Property Review Format Introduced on FlyerTalk

T rip Advisor, watch out: FlyerTalk now has a new tool for writing and organizing reviews of hotel properties, resulting in a discussion with a cleaner look — especially now that photographs are easier to add.

Additionally — thanks to hotel property pages which aggregate all of the reviews of a given hotel property onto a single page — searching for hotel properties and reviews should now be easier than ever.

During ßeta testing mode over the past few months — of which I have been involved — greater than 200 reviews covering more than 120 hotel properties have been migrated into this new format after being granted permission by a group of FlyerTalk members who were the authors of existing reviews of hotel properties.

In most cases, the old original review discussions posted on FlyerTalk will be replaced with the new format; and the content of the review using the new template will appear in the original discussion where it was first posted.

For the moment, the new review style is read-only, as only FlyerTalk members who have been part of the ßeta test program can write reviews of hotel properties using the new format. If you would like to join the ßeta group, click here to send a private message to FlyerTalk member IBobi — who is part of the administrative team at Internet Brands — and he will be happy to set you up. You must be a member of FlyerTalk to participate in this ßeta program.

When the new review product is fully live, you will see a New Hotel Review button — orange in color — right next to the New Thread button when you are looking at the forum directory. Image courtesy of Internet Brands.

When the new review product is fully live, you will see a New Hotel Review button — orange in color — right next to the New Thread button when you are looking at the forum directory. Image courtesy of Internet Brands.

When viewing a discussion, you will have the option of using the orange Reply with Review button instead of the standard Post Reply button, if you like. Image courtesy of Internet Brands.

When viewing a discussion, you will have the option of using the orange Reply with Review button instead of the standard Post Reply button, if you like. Image courtesy of Internet Brands.

This is a truncated view of a hotel property view discussion in the new format. To see the actual discussion itself, please click on the image. Note the blue See Detailed Review button at the bottom left. Click on it to see what you see in the image below...

This is a truncated view of a hotel property review discussion in the new format. To see the actual discussion itself, please click on the image. Note the blue See Detailed Review button at the bottom left. Click on it to see what you see in the image below…

This is a truncated view of a detailed hotel property review discussion in the new format. Note that there is now a rating system, a cover photo feature, and clickable links on the right side in the green box to give you quick access to pertinent portions of the hotel property review. To see the actual discussion itself, please click on the image.

This is a truncated view of a detailed hotel property review discussion in the new format. Note that there is now a rating system, a cover photo feature, and clickable links on the right side in the green box to give you quick access to pertinent portions of the hotel property review. To see the actual discussion itself, please click on the image.

Internet Brands is ready to open this product up to all FlyerTalk members and is soliciting like your feedback, as you are invited and welcome to post your thoughts and opinions here.

5 thoughts on “New Hotel Property Review Format Introduced on FlyerTalk”

  1. Matt B says:

    So much for reading your article – the video ads are obnoxious and i’m leaving after 30 seconds of frustration trying to stop it, without even reading your post.

    1. Brian Cohen says:

      I apologize for the video advertising, Matt B, as it has not been working properly. The problem has been reported and hopefully will soon be corrected. Thank you for your patience…

  2. Christian says:

    The video ads really are wretched., but a great way to get rid of those pesky people that visit your site. I’ve seen them on other BA blogs, which just makes me want to only visit the ones that have truly compelling looking posts, to make the unpleasantness worthwhile. As to a Tripadvisor challenge, my main question is why? There’s a perfectly good system in place, so why attempt to supplant it? It’s not even close to perfect, but works pretty well. Given the awful BA video additions, it certainly doesn’t seem like the customer’s interests come first in any considerations, which makes the premise even less likely to be respected as an independent perspective..

    1. Brian Cohen says:

      ….but…but I like when pesky people come to read the articles at The Gate!

      As i replied to Matt B, Christian, I apologize for the video advertising, as it has not been working properly. The problem has been reported and hopefully will soon be corrected. Thank you also for your patience…

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