October 20, 2014

Travel taking over the app store


Given that mobile is expected to account for a quarter of U.S. online travel sales by 2015, travel brands are investing heavily in mobile. Inherently suited to travel, mobile apps are connecting travelers with hotels, airlines and ground transportation on the go, fulfilling a critical need.

As the industry becomes increasingly crowded, travel aggregators — which make up five of the Top 10 Travel and Transportation apps — are optimizing their online offerings for smaller screens and facilitating curated search, efficient payment processes and last-minute, location-based deals. These aggregation apps are also maintaining their edge by adding new app features to extend their services beyond reservation booking.

As an example, HotelTonight stands out as a trailblazer in the industry. The mobile-only company simplifies booking a last-minute hotel in just eight seconds, with three taps and a swipe. The clean UI appeals to today’s tech-savvy, self-sufficient traveler, and while similar self-service tools are available from select hotels and airlines, HotelTonight lets customers access these conveniences across thousands of brands. The company aims to create the most frictionless hotel experience by investing in features like mobile check-in and keyless entry.

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