According to Travel Weekly's 2014 Consumer Trends survey, the percentage of travelers who have used a mobile device to purchase travel surged, from 23% in 2012 to 38% in 2014. "We're seeing such an acceleration of the shift from desktop shopping and booking to mobile devices," said Norm Rose, senior technology analyst for PhoCusWright and president of Travel Technology Consulting. "We're seeing laptops replaced by tablets. The tablets are going to be stronger for shopping and smartphones stronger for purchasing travel." PhoCusWright's studies suggest that consumers are using their mobile devices more for shopping than for booking travel, Rose said. However, bookings are rising, with hotels and car rentals leading the way. Rose predicts that by the end of 2014, 50% of Americans will have booked some kind of travel product on a mobile device. This includes on a new breed of mobile device that's a cross between a smartphone and a tablet - the "phablet" - hat Rose predicts will lead to an explosion in travel bookings. Get the full story at Travel Weekly