DUFL, the premium travel service that’s changing the rules of business travel, today announced that DUFL was voted the #1 Best New Travel App in USA TODAY’s 10Best Readers’ Choice Awards. DUFL received the most votes among the 20 nominees that were in the running for this year’s favorite travel app.
Nominees for all categories are chosen by a panel of relevant experts, which include a combination of editors from USA TODAY; editors from 10Best.com; relevant expert contributors; and sources for both these media and other Gannett properties. The nomination panel for each award category is displayed on its associated contest page.
DUFL, which made a huge splash when it launched earlier this year, allows frequent business travelers to eliminate the time spent laundering clothes, packing bags and lugging suitcases through airports by storing, laundering, packing and transporting users’ business wardrobes to and from their destination. That means weary business travelers can spend more time with their families at home or with clients when they are on the road. DUFL is available for travel within the United States and also delivers to international business hubs in Canada, European Union countries, Tokyo, Singapore, Hong Kong, Melbourne, Sydney and more.
To get started, users download the DUFL app (online or via an iOS or Android device), register for the service and request a welcome kit, which includes a DUFL suitcase. Users fill the suitcase with all the items they normally take on the road and then have it picked up and shipped to the DUFL warehouse, where items are inventoried, cleaned, photographed and stored in the user’s DUFL virtual closet. When customers are gearing up for a business trip, they can use the DUFL app to select which clothes they want to bring from their virtual DUFL closet, enter a destination and arrival date, and DUFL will take care of the rest, ensuring the customer’s DUFL suitcase is waiting at the hotel when the customer arrives. When it’s time to go home, customers simply schedule a pickup and leave the bag at the hotel’s front desk, traveling home luggage-free.
“We were thrilled to be included among USA TODAY’S ’10Best Readers’ Choice’ favorite new travel app nominees and honored to have been voted number one by USA TODAY readers,” says CEO Bill Rinehart, chairman and founder of DUFL. “Since we launched in May, DUFL has delivered suitcases for business travelers to more than 250 cities in the U.S. and a growing number of international destinations. We created DUFL because we know what a hassle it is to travel for business, and we give our users back something very valuable – time.”
10Best.com provides users with original, unbiased, and experiential travel content of top attractions, things to see and do, and restaurants for top destinations in the U.S. and around the world. The core of the site’s uniqueness is its team of local travel experts: a well-traveled and well-educated group who are not only experts in their fields – and their cities – but discriminating in their tastes. These local experts live in the city they write about so the content is constantly updated. In 2012, 10Best.com averaged more than 700,000 monthly unique visitors generating approximately 28 million page views. It was acquired by USA TODAY in January of 2013.
Travelers can view the 10Best Readers’ Choice travel apps, including DUFL’s winning entry, at http://www.10best.com/awards/travel/best-new-travel-app/. Find out more about DUFL at www.dufl.com.