With mobile calendar integration, we are immediately saving users from toggling between apps, calendars and search results—cutting out thousands of hours of agony.
San Francisco, CA (PRWEB) April 05, 2012
Hipmunk, the travel site removing the agony from travel planning, today launched the ability for mobile users to integrate Microsoft Outlook, Google Calendar and Apple iCal events and meetings into both mobile flight and hotel search results. With this major update to the Hipmunk iPhone, iPad, and Android OS applications, leisure and business travelers will easily find travel options fitting their unique schedules while eliminating the need to toggle between search results, multiple calendars, and maps. Any meetings that conflict with a flight are displayed on-screen, and event locations are plotted on the map alongside hotels.
“With mobile calendar integration, we are immediately saving users from toggling between apps, calendars and search results—cutting out thousands of hours of agony. And we are thrilled to be the first travel company to allow this type of unique personalization,” said Adam Goldstein, Hipmunk CEO. “We’re dedicated to solving actual travel planning problems, and from personal experience, we understand how agonizing it can be finding the right flight between two meetings or the best hotel within walking distance to the day’s first meeting.“
Mobile flight search integration features:
- Events and meetings are overlaid on flight results with vertical stripes highlighting any flight and meeting conflicts;
- A conflict notification appears within the flight details when a conflicting flight leg is selected;
- A menu allows users to select which calendars and events should appear in flight results;
- On Android, a “no conflicts” button lets users to hide flights that conflict with a user’s calendar.
Mobile hotel search integration features:
- Meetings with location information are marked on the map showing users which hotels are nearest to which individual events;
- A list of the highest ecstasy ranked hotels is sorted by proximity to an individual result;
- Flags denote the meetings and the number on the flag represents the date of the event;
- A menu lets users select which events and meetings are displayed on map.
Calendar integration on mobile is ideal for anyone managing their own business, leisure, family, or colleague calendars and travel plans. Users can easily schedule travel fitting within multiple schedules by hiding and showing specific calendars. Hipmunk also provides the ability to turn calendar integration on and off.
“Since business travelers are constantly on the move and glued to their phones, many of them are on the leading edge of mobile technology adaption,” said Goldstein. ”They’ve been asking for this feature on mobile and we’re confident the integration will save them time while travel planning.”
Hipmunk is a travel site removing the agony from travel planning. With its superior user experience, breadth of travel options and innovative “Agony” and “Ecstasy” sorts, Hipmunk allows travelers to select the best travel options at a glance. Flight results are displayed in a visual ”timeline” and hotel results on a map with the ability to overlay unique, city-specific heatmaps.
Hipmunk is one of TIME Magazine’s “50 Coolest Websites,” TIME Magazine’s “50 Best Smartphone Apps,” Travel + Leisure’s “Best Websites of 2011,” Budget Travel’s “Top 10 Most Useful Websites,” and Inc.’s “Best Booking Website.” Co-founders Adam Goldstein and Steve Huffman were named to Bloomberg BusinessWeek’s “Top Tech Entrepreneurs,” Forbes “30 Under 30” and Inc.’s “30 Under 30” lists. The company launched in 2010, is based in San Francisco, and has funding from Ignition Partners, Y Combinator, SV Angel, Webb Investment Network, Quest Hospitality Ventures, and several angel investors.
For more information, to book your next flight or hotel, and to download the iOS or Android application, please visit http://www.hipmunk.com
Jacqueline Tanzella, Hipmunk