HIPMUNK INTRODUCES NEW “HIPMUNK ANYWHERE” CROSS-PLATFORM SEARCH FEATURE
With 6X mobile growth in 2013, Hipmunk’s new feature will allow consumers to save and continue flight and hotel searches across various devices
SAN FRANCISCO – March 13, 2014 – Hipmunk, the leading independent metasearch site for travel, today announced the launch of “Hipmunk Anywhere”—a new cross-platform feature that lets users easily access previous searches from any device.
According to a recent comScore report, more than 60 percent of consumers begin searches on one device and finish on another. Hipmunk’s own internal data echoes this, with more than 60 percent of its users demonstrating the same behavior. Hipmunk Anywhere underscores Hipmunk’s mission to simplify the travel planning process for travelers and reach consumers anywhere, anytime, and from any device.
Designed to work the way consumers work, the new feature will allow users who are signed into Hipmunk to begin flight or hotel searches on one platform—mobile, tablet, or desktop across various operating systems—and finish on another. All logged-in users immediately have access to Hipmunk Anywhere. A user who searches on a phone and then visits hipmunk.com on the web will see those previous searches automatically, already open in the browser. Likewise, a user who searches on a laptop and then opens Hipmunk on a phone will see a list of previous searches from the web.
“Travel is a major decision, and most people search several times before committing. Hipmunk Anywhere is the first product to recognize that this ‘research’ phase usually happens across multiple devices. Our goal is to remove friction from the process,” said Adam Goldstein, CEO and co-founder of Hipmunk.
To further enhance the user experience, Hipmunk will also be making available two of its most popular features on new platforms. Its “Book on Hipmunk” feature, which has been available via desktop, will now be available for the first time on Hipmunk’s mobile web experience; and Hipmunk’s multi-city flight search capability will now be available across all of its mobile apps.
1. Ushuaia, Argentina
Ushuaia is a city along the southern coast of Isla Grande de Tierra del Fuego and has been described as the southernmost city in the world. While visiting, be sure to see the Tierra del Fuego National Park and Lapataia Bay
2. Chang Mai, Thailand
Thailand has been a popular travel destination for the past couple years, and still remains one for 2014. Chang Mai specifically, has over 300 buddhist temples and hosts many important Thai festivals, making it a necessary stop on your trip.
3. Rio de Janerio, Brazil
As the second largest city of Brazil, Rio de Janerio will be a popular destination in 2014 as it hosts the World Cup. The rich culture of carnival celebrations, dances like the Samba and Bossa Nova, and of course the balneario beaches, makes visiting Rio de Janerio at any time of year a must in 2014.
4. Hanapepe, Kauai
Hawaii is a popular vacation destination for those on America’s West Coast, but there is still much to see and discover. Hanapepe, known as “Kauai’s biggest little town,” is a charming area that is loved by both locals and visitors. What once were plantation style buildings, have been transformed to shops, local food stops, and art galleries, which serves as a fun destination to explore when looking for a break from the beach.
5. Kyoto, Japan
Japan is a country that offers so much rich history and culture, and has plenty of cities to explore. One city that should be on your list, is the former capital of Japan, Kyoto. The city is one where old meets new. Home to 2,000 ancient temples and shrines, as well as modern restaurants, Kyoto offers something for everyone.
6. Seward, Alaska
A small coastal town, Seward is known for its beautiful vistas, visitor attractions, and as the entry to Kenai Fjords National Park. The crystal water of the Fjords, glaciers, and possible otters, sea lions, and whale sightings, make this bucket list destination a must in 2014.
7. Bologna, Italy
Tucked in northern Italy, Bologna is a beautiful city that like other popular Italian destinations, boasts a rich art, food, and architectural culture. Known to be the culinary epicenter of Italy, Bologna is a must-visit city for the foodie.
8. Paros, Greece
Paros is a Greek island with pristine beaches that have yet to be discovered by tourists. The island which was once known for it’s fine marble, is small enough to explore, yet has plenty of beaches to enjoy.
9. Auckland, New Zealand
Auckland has become an urban hub with new bars, shops, and locally acclaimed restaurants. While many visitors skip Auckland and opt to explore the coastline, this city is certainly a stop one must make while visiting New Zealand.
10. Brisbane, Australia
Historically dismissed as a quiet town, Brisbane is one of Australia’s most cosmopolitan cities. It’s dynamic in what it offers visitors: boutiques, outdoor attractions, art galleries, and delicious restaurants – all while maintaining the small town aurora it has always been associated with.
The holidays are around the corner, and it happens to be the busiest time to travel. We analyzed our database, and found that the best time to book airfare for the December holidays is the week leading up to Veteran’s Day. If you book holiday travel before November 11th, Veteran’s Day, you could pay an average of $266 less than those who wait until December to book.
Airfare for Christmas travel (December 22-29) in 2012 increased dramatically as the holiday approached. Travelers who booked between December 3-9 paid up to 28 percent more ($651 rather than $509 per ticket), and those who booked on or after December 10 paid up to 52 percent more ($775 rather than $509 per ticket). Compared to these prices, travelers booking the week of November 5-11 can avoid the price increases in December and save up to $266.
Here’s a helpful graph to show the average price increases based on 2012 data:
Based on this information, we recommend that if you’re thinking of traveling for Christmas, avoid procrastinating and book flights as soon as possible, so you can get the best airfare deals. Here are some additional tips if you’re thinking of traveling for the holidays:
- Find a place to stay for the whole family. A fun option for families who want to stay together during the holidays is booking a home rental for the whole family. Hipmunk makes it easy by showing users options for home rentals from Airbnb and HomeAway alongside hotels.
- Take the train. If you’re traveling a short distance, consider taking Amtrak between cities to save money and avoid crowded airports and long security lines. Hipmunk displays Amtrak trains in-line with flights so you always see the best and most affordable options.
- Embrace the experience. If flying isn’t in the plans this year, take time to explore your hometown, city or surrounding area. Go on a road trip or score a last-minute hotel deal with Hipmunk’s Tonight Deals feature, which allows users to save up to 60% off last-minute hotel bookings.
Beat the rush, save money, and book your holiday trip now by visiting www.hipmunk.com!