Hipmunk News: Book Hotels Directly on Hipmunk’s Website and Mobile App

We’re always trying to make travel planning faster and easier for you. Today, we’re happy to bring you direct hotel booking on and through our iOS and Android apps. Your perfect hotel is even fewer clicks away!

When conducting a hotel search, you will now see a “Book on Hipmunk” button for certain hotels, allowing you to purchase that hotel without leaving the site or app. With your Hipmunk account, you can securely save your billing information so you don’t have to enter information for each individual purchase. We’ll also keep track of all your upcoming hotel bookings across web and mobile in the “My Bookings” section of your account.

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Hotels on iOS


Hotels on Android

We’ve also added “Verified by Hipmunk” to hotel descriptions on web and mobile. When checking out a property, the Verified by Hipmunk section will show you Wifi prices, parking rates, and any additional charges such as resort fees. That way, you can be informed of additional costs before you book a hotel.

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Verified by Hipmunk on iOS


Verified by Hipmunk on Android

And yes, we called all these hotels to verify this information, so you don’t have to. You’re very welcome!

Check out the Hipmunk Flight and Hotel App for free!


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New: Get Hooked Up with Hipmunk!

Hey there, savvy travelers, ready to get a bit more savvy? As of today, Hipmunk will make sure you never miss a meeting due to a flight and will ensure you always stay at the best hotel near your meetings and appointments. No, we’re not psychic, but with mobile calendar integration we’ll help you make the best travel choices.

Now, you’ll be able to hook up your personal, work, and even your friend’s, family’s, and colleague’s calendars into your flight and hotel results.

Here’s how it works:

When you download the most recent update to the Hipmunk iOS and Android apps, you’ll see an option to “Show My Calendars,” go ahead and switch that on:

Conduct your flight search like usual, and notice how your calendar events appear as vertical lines under the flights that conflict. You’ll also see the title of the event at the bottom.

When flights aren’t playing nice with scheduled meetings, we’ll notify you on-screen of the conflict:

If you’re ok with missing some meetings, continue on to book per usual. If not, you can go back and select another non-conflicting flight.

On the hotel side, we also give you the option to show your events. And the cool thing is, we plot them all on the map alongside your hotel results so you can easily visualize hotels in relation to your events and obligations. Your events are shown by a gold flag with the date of the event highlighted:

If you don’t want to rely on public transit and want to walk between meetings, we give you a list of the highest ecstasy hotels as sorted by proximity to an individual event:

While we’re happy to help you fly agony-free and bring ecstasy to your hotel stay, what we don’t do is violate your privacy. We solemnly swear to leave your personal calendar and meeting information exactly where we found it, on your phone! Scouts honor.

Now vamanos, you’ve got flights to catch and meetings to make!

Head to the AppStore or Google Play to get the free Hipmunk iOS and Android apps.

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New: Hotel Search on Mobile!

You’ve been asking, and so we’re pleased to announce that hotel search and booking is now available for free through our iOS and Android mobile apps. Until now, just flight search was available on the go, but with this major update, we’re bringing our innovative, visual hotel search to hundreds of millions of mobile devices, including yours! Check out these great reviews from TechCrunch, VentureBeat, San Francisco Chronicle and CNET!

Hot on the heels of our successful 2011 launches of the iOS and Android apps, our mobile developers, Danilo Campos and Ryan Oldenburg, have been cranking away on this since summer. They’ve brought the same unique, map-based hotel experience you know and love from our website to our apps. Now, you have Hipmunk’s inventory of over 300,000 global hotels at your fingertips. 

Here’s a quick walkthrough of what you’ll see (on iPhone):

First off, we noticed that most of our users who were searching for hotels from mobile browsers were searching for a hotel for that night. So we automatically search from your current location, enabled by GPS, with ability to enter a new destination:

We use “Ecstasy,” a combination of reviews, prices and amenities to figure out your best options. The hotels we think you’ll like show up as colorful dots. Red ones are pricey, green ones are cheap and blue ones are average.

But picking a hotel is unique to an individual, which is why we let you filter by price or chain, and overlay heatmaps:

Heatmaps let you see which parts of a city are most active for different interests, including food, nightlight, shopping, and tourist attractions:

So let’s grab a hotel. Click on the colored dot for quick hotel details:

Tap again to see more details on that hotel:

We also let you see TripAdvisor reviews if you’re interested:

And when you’re ready to book, we give you options. You can book through the supplier, email the link to a family member, colleague or friend, or receive the finish code so you can finish the booking from a desktop:

And here’s what you’ll see on iPad:

And on Android:

And it’s that simple! The Hipmunk Flight and Hotel Search App is available for free from the App Store here and Android Market here.

Update your app or download it, test it out, and let us know what you think!

— Adam

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