Hipmunk News: Discover New Flight Deals From Your City

Start booking those trips for 2013 and save money while you’re at it with Hipmunk’s new Flight Deals! Try Flight Deals here.

Hipmunk Flight Deals are an easy way to find the lowest airfare online from your major U.S. city to other U.S. destinations. Simply select your city from 50 of the most popular origin cities listed. You’ll then see Flight Deals from that city to 12 destinations with low airfare. These travel deals are the best roundtrip deals over the next 30 days, so act fast if you see a price you can’t pass up. Too busy to check for updated deals? To make it even easier, enter your email address and have Flight Deals sent directly to your inbox twice a week.

Here’s a guide to start discovering Flight Deals:

1. Select your city of origin

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2. Enter your email address to have Flight Deals sent directly to your inbox

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 3. Explore low roundtrip airfares from your origin city

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4. See the details of Flight Deals for a specific destination 

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Once you decide on the perfect dates and price, just click on the price and get to booking!

Whether you’re spontaneous or a planner, flight deals are sure to help you find amazing deals on airfare. Happy deal searching!

New: Find flights and hotels that fit into your schedule

The Internet has made thousands of things easier—everything from searching for travel to keeping your calendar. However, no site has made it easy to do both at the same time. Today, we’ve just made this process much simpler. 

If you’re a businessperson with lots of meetings, a student with lots of classes, a shift-worker whose hours change day-to-day, or just trying to manage your spouse and children’s hectic schedules, searching for travel has been agonizing. You’re used to toggling between potential flights and the calendars you manage, then double- and triple-checking that you’ll depart and arrive in time for your obligations.

For both hotels and flights, Hipmunk now automatically shows you information from your Google Calendar that’ll help you pick the right trip for you.

Signing up

First, you need to quickly sign up for an account on Hipmunk, if you haven’t already, by clicking the “login” button in the upper-right of the homepage to get started.

 

Once you’ve signed in, click the button with your email address, and click “preferences.”

 

Enable the checkbox for Google Calendar integration and click “Save;” then, when you get re-directed to Google, click “Grant access” to give Hipmunk access to your calendar.

Like a lot of us today, you probably have multiple Google Calendars: one for personal engagements, one for business, and one for your alter ego. When searching for either flights or hotels on Hipmunk, you can hide and show specific calendars, or even specific events on your calendar. Just click the “Calendar” button in the upper-right of the window.

 

If you do travel planning on behalf of your friends, family, or co-workers, you can use Google Calendar to request access to their calendars. If they grant you access, you’ll then be able to see their calendars on your flight and hotel searches as well.

 Flights

When you run a flight search, you’ll see all your calendar events on the Hipmunk flight timeline as a series of vertical stripes. Each event’s horizontal position reflects what time of day it starts, and its width shows you how long it lasts. If a calendar stripe coincides with a flight bar, you know you’ll have to reschedule the event if you want to take that flight.

 

If you can’t afford to skip any of your events, click the “No Conflicts” button to instantly hide all conflicting flights.

Hotels

Next time you run a hotel search, Hipmunk will display all the calendar events on your trip.

 

Each pin is numbered by how early it occurs on your trip (1 for the first event on your calendar, 2 for the second, etc.). Just by looking, you can see where your travels will take you. And you can easily see which hotels are nearest to which events.

The list on the right side of the map shows you all your events in order. If you’re curious where an event is, just mouse over it, and its pin will catch your eye on the map.

Finally, if you want to find hotels closest to one of your events—say, your first or last event of the day—click to sort by distance.

When you click the text field, you can select one of your events, and all of the hotels will instantly re-sort by proximity to your event.

 

Now, Hipmunk will automatically display information from your calendars when you run searches—something no other travel site can do. 

New: Find Flights that Have Wi-Fi!

At Hipmunk, we’re travel nerds, but we’re also nerd nerds. That means we like the Internet, especially on our flights.

We’ve heard that many of you like wi-fi on your planes, too—either when you’re traveling for work or when you just need some quality Facebook time. So we decided to build wi-fi right into our flight search results.

If an airline indicates a flight will have wi-fi, we show it to you right in that flight’s time bar. You can then easily see whether you’ll have wi-fi available for all, some, or none of your trip. No need to click!

Keep an eye out for this feature out our iPhone and iPad app in the future, too.

To make things even more exciting, we’re teaming up with Gogo in-flight Internet and will be giving away about 100 codes for free wi-fi in the sky. Check us out on Twitter and Facebook, where we’ll be asking our fans and followers how they surf the web 35,000 feet in the air. Tell us at any point this week and be entered for your chance to win free wireless, courtesy of Hipmunk and Gogo.

Now let’s hear from you. How much do you care about whether your flight has wi-fi?

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