Since launching 27 years ago, USA TODAY has become a trusted and welcome brand to travelers. The USA TODAY AutoPilot iPhone Application leverages the familiar look and feel that readers have come to trust and expect from USA TODAY providing them with the tools, utilities and features they need to successfully manage the travel experience.

USA TODAY AutoPilot is sponsored by Hampton Hotels. The hotel brand, which has been established for 25 years, identified the need to continually reach new and loyal guests by using the latest communication vehicles. Sponsoring USA TODAY's Travel application offered a natural opportunity to connect Hampton hotels, an iPhone application and USA TODAY, the nation's top-selling newspaper. The app features a variety of customized Hampton integrations including the ability to map locations and book reservations at over 1,700 Hampton properties nationwide and also receive local area restaurant and attraction information provided by Hampton Hotels.

The USA TODAY AutoPilot application offers the following features:

- AutoPilot -- Easily track trip and flight itineraries in a simple to digest format. Using the device's GPS capabilities and your schedule as a guide, AutoPilot offers real-time updates as your location and travel needs change.

- Flight Tracker and Delays - Keep track of your departing or arriving flight via flight number, airport or route. Get up to the minute delay information for more that 16,000 airports, 1,400 airlines and 100,000 daily flights.

- Travel Directory -- Get quick, one-click phone number or web site access from a comprehensive directory of travel providers, ranging from airlines, hotels and car rental agencies.

- Weather -- Get current weather conditions, up-to-the minute regional radar and the five day forecasts at your exact location via GPS. Review national weather maps including Doppler radar, temperature and precipitation forecasts.

- More -signature USA TODAY destination and travel feature content including Ten Great Places and expert USA TODAY blogs such as Today in the Sky, Hotel Check-In and more.

"USA TODAY is synonymous with travel. Travelers love us and we love being everywhere they need us with innovative new products," said Matt Jones, vice president, mobile strategy and operations, Gannett Digital. "USA TODAY AutoPilot for iPhone extends our service to travelers to a new platform, truly meeting all of their mobile travel needs."
"USA TODAY's AutoPilot sponsored by Hampton Hotels allows consumers access to the world of travel," said Judy Christa-Cathey, vice president brand marketing, Hampton Hotels. Christa-Cathey added, "Consumers will now have the opportunity to be connected directly to their Hampton Hotel of choice, making booking a room a seamless process for travelers who already know Hampton's great value and exceptional guest experience all backed by its 100% Satisfaction Guarantee."