On-demand companies like HotelTonight and GetYourGuide are attracting investors in travel startups.
A new Bing mobile app will aim to offer Microsoft Phone users a one-stop hub for all their travel needs. The Bing Travel app, modeled on the web-based app already available for Windows 8.1 users, lets users book flights, check a flight status, and sort through hotel listings.
The app, which launched in beta, offers global “destination guides,” photos and day trip suggestions. You can also read through travel reviews, and a “nearby” feature uses your location to search for local restaurants and other attractions that might interest you.
The free Bing Travel joins Microsoft’s stable of Bing apps, including Finance, News, Sports, Translator and Weather.
Travel is getting a big update on Google, users can now plan their trips with more insight onto the places where they start and end – the terminal. For the most part, people are more excited about their destination, but terminals can often be exiting. For example, the Madrid-Barajas Airport’s Terminal 4 is a spectacular piece of architecture worth experiencing. Designed by Antonio Lamela and Richard Rogers, it’s one of the world’s largest terminals topped with undulating wooden structure.
Yahoo has acquired the flight search engine MileWise and the Web and mobile polling app GoPollGo.
Remember a time when you could not go anywhere without your laptop? You used it for scheduling, taking notes, presentations, etc. These days, with smartphones and tablets, it’s almost as if a weight has been lifted off of you. Actually, it has.
Traveling with kids can be difficult—there are loads of travel sites out there, but it can be a chore to find recommendations on the best hotels, destinations and activities for families. That’s where MiniTime steps in.
TripAdvisor and Yelp are the two largest (and dare I say, best) resources for travelers. With millions of ratings and directories that expand every day, the services promise an answer to the difficult questions that travellers face. Where should I eat? What is this city’s best attraction? Where’s the beer?
For a while, I tried to use “Google Places”, now known as Google+ Local, to find nearby eateries or attractions. I felt the app user experience was faster than the competitors and it’s integration of Google Maps was more sophisticated. But a travel app is only as good as its content, and there were no reviews.
Hopefully you’ve had the chance lately to throw a handful of clothing in some luggage, pack up your smartphone, take a few vacation days and head off for some international free time. We all need to take extended time to get in touch with ourselves, but in today’s world there are a lot of interesting new ways to take a trip. An infographic from Wimdu looks at this new breed of social traveller and lets you know what kind of new experiences said persona offers.
Hipmunk is a flight search and booking app available for both Android and iPhone or you can use their web site to book flights from a desktop computer. One of the unique features of Hipmunk is that they sort results by “agony,” which is a combination or price, flight duration, and number of stopovers, and “ecstacy” which is a combination of price, amenities, and reviews. The service now has a new feature that integrates with Google Calendar to determine which flights are best based on your schedule.
Hipmunk brought its flight search app to Android. Like the iPhone version and the website, the new free Android app incorporates an agony factor when sorting flights. It also indicates if WiFi is available in-flight. Once a flight is identified, it can be booked right from the app, from a desktop computer or emailed to someone else.