Launched about a year ago, TripAdvisor redesigned its Tingo hotel site and it is now handing out hotel upgrades to customers as an alternative to refunds when the room rate drops. Tingo’s redesigned homepage also has much more of a deal feel to it than the original one as Tingo is now emphasizing “hot getaways” to Mexico for “up to 47% off,” and “Magic Orlando Deals” for “up to 40% off,” for example. And, the original tagline, “Take the gamble out of booking,” has given way on the home page to a new one, “Best Prices. Free Upgrades. Money Back.” The site is also clearly labeled “A TripAdvisor Company,” something that was absent at launch in March 2012. Get the full story at