San Francisco, CA (PRWEB) September 08, 2011
Hipmunk, the innovative travel search startup, and Amtrak today announce the availability of train trips alongside flight results on Hipmunk.com and through the Hipmunk iPhone, iPad, and iPod Touch application. Through this exclusive partnership, Hipmunk is the first and only U.S. consumer travel site to include Amtrak train results with airline segments. Once a train trip is selected, the user is directed to Amtrak.com to book the ticket.
“Hipmunk is committed to providing users with all the best travel options, whether it be by air or rail,” said Adam Goldstein, CEO of Hipmunk. “Amtrak gives me more options to get around, and it’s especially great to be able to compare flights and trains on the same page.”
When Hipmunk users enter either the airport or city code for markets through which Amtrak provides service, train schedules and prices appear alongside flight results. Within the search results, users can see the price, origin and destination stations, departure and arrival times, and any layovers or train changes. A wireless logo appears on WiFi-enabled train results.
“We are excited to partner with Hipmunk as this is the first time our train trips will appear alongside flights on travel search sites,” said Amtrak Vice President of Marketing and Product Development Emmett Fremaux. “With this partnership, travelers will be able to find Amtrak schedules and services, which are available in most major U.S. cities, and compare the affordability and convenience of rail travel with other modes of travel.”
To promote the new partnership, Hipmunk and Amtrak today are launching the “Train Trak Photo Contest,” which will run through Sept. 22, 2011. To participate, users must submit pictures they have taken of trains, train stations, platforms, or themselves on a train or platform via email. On Sept. 23, 2011, Hipmunk will select ten finalists and post the photos to Facebook where users will be invited to vote for their favorite photos. All finalists will receive $50 credit toward future Amtrak travel and the finalist with the most votes will receive $150 credit toward future Amtrak travel.
For more information and contest rules, please visit the Hipmunk blog.
Hipmunk is a remarkable new travel search site that takes the pain out of travel planning. With its innovative Agony sort, Hipmunk presents flight and train results in a visual ”timeline,” allowing people to select the best flight for them at a glance. Hotel results are sorted by Ecstasy and shown on a map so that people can view where in a destination they will be staying. Hipmunk launched in 2010 and is based in San Francisco. The company has funding from Ignition Partners, Y Combinator, SV Angel, Webb Investment Network, Erik Blachford, Simon Breakwell, Rob Glaser, Jim Hornthal, Rich Barton, Paul Buchheit, Ashton Kutcher, Raymond Tonsing, Matt Mullenweg, Sam Altman, Geoff Ralston, Sizhao Yang, Amitt Mahajan, Gabor Cselle, and more. For more information and to book your next flight or hotel, please visit Hipmunk.com.
Celebrating 40 years of dedicated service as America’s Railroad, Amtrak is the nation’s intercity passenger rail provider and its only high-speed rail operator. A record 28.7 million passengers traveled on Amtrak in FY 2010 on more than 300 daily trains – at speeds up to 150 mph (241 kph) – that connect 46 states, the District of Columbia and three Canadian Provinces. Amtrak operates trains in partnership with 15 states and four commuter rail agencies. Amtrak also is a strong financial performer achieving an 85 percent cost-recovery ratio in FY 2010. Enjoy the journey at Amtrak.com or call 800-USA-RAIL for schedules, fares and more information. Join us on facebook.com/Amtrak and follow us at twitter.com/Amtrak.
Jacqueline Tanzella, Hipmunk
Christina Leeds, Amtrak