You do not need to pay to plan your trips with Furkot. That said, Furkot needs to pay its bills and make money for its creators. We would like to share with you some details on what we do and - what's equally important - what we don't do to accomplish that.
Things we don't do ¶
Let's start by talking about money making avenues we don't pursue. While we are not making a sweeping stand here against various sources of revenue we feel it is our duty to seek the ones that benefit Furkot users as much as are profitable for us.
Furkot doesn't and isn't planning to display any banner ads where advertising message bears no relation to the visited website. We feel it is distracting and wastes screen space that we prefer to make available to your trip plan and map.
Things we do ¶
So how does Furkot make money? When you plan a trip you may need to book a hotel, rent a car, reserve a flight or purchase a guide book. When you do, Furkot is there to make the booking or the purchase easier for you. We give you a selection of options, show you availability and prices, and pass relevant information to the booking or vendor site of your choice, so you don't have to type addresses, dates or titles. Our goal is to make your booking experience better, easier, faster than going directly to the booking site. Brand logos and icons that you see in Furkot drawers represent links to services provided by their websites. When you click such link Furkot will redirect you, passing along relevant data, so that you can complete a booking.
When you seek inspiration for your trip plans on Furkot Folio, a curated collection of public trips, we show you guide books geographically and thematically matching the trip you are planning. As many people rely on guide books as a definite source of travel information, our goal is to help you find the most relevant one.
For directing you to the booking and vendor sites, they pay us commission in a form of a small fee every time you end up making a reservation or purchase. That money is not added to your bill. When starting your booking or purchase on Furkot you are paying exactly the same price as if you went to the booking or vendor site directly.
We are working hard to offer you booking and service options only when it makes sense to you and helps you plan a better trip. We want to give you as broad selection of options as possible and if you don't see your favorite booking site, please let them know to team up with Furkot.
The commission generated by users buying things and services related to their travel plans is our primary and preferred revenue source. Still, we understand that not every trip requires services available through Furkot. This is why we also offer Furkot Pass: a 1 year exclusive access to selected features. You can get your Furkot Pass as a reward for booking through Furkot, or helping us improve Furkot. You can also support Furkot by purchasing the pass. You can try the features available to pass holders for free before you purchase your Furkot Pass.