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.
We’re always trying to make travel planning faster and easier for you. Today, we’re happy to bring you direct hotel booking on Hipmunk.com 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.
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.
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!
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:
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!