CheapAir's New iOS App Features Voice Activated Flight Search
CheapAir.com launched it's new iOS app Tuesday morning, designed to make booking flights as easy as possible for on-the-go travelers. Saying a request like, "Los Angeles to New York, December 5th to the 10th." will activate proprietary technology which translates spoken words into a travel query and display results filled with details like Wi-Fi availability, live TV or video monitors for each flight. The app works without voice commands as well, but for iPhone 4S and above and iPad3 users, the voice functionality is an added bonus.
The new app comes at a time when 15% of consumers are already using the mobile web for travel services, and 13% use mobile travel apps from Google Play or iTunes, according to the Digital Consumer report by IBM Company Tealeaf.
“We know that more and more travelers want to research flight options with their phones,” said Jeff Klee, Chief Executive Officer of CheapAir.com. “We want to make it easy to check flights while out with friends, walking to the subway, or wherever our customers are.” Klee added, “We’re doing everything we can to make it easier to find the lowest fares and the best flight options. CheapAir was the first travel site to let people search for fares using natural language, we were the first to show which in-flight amenities are on every flight, and now we’ve launched the first voice-activated iPhone app.”
Klee originally started CheapAir back in 1989 from his college dorm, after receiving a crash course in travel planning while arranging a backpacking trip through Europe. Now CheapAir, based in Calabasas, CA. employs 50 people and sorts through over 25 million fares a day combining, mixing and matching flights to create tens of thousands of itinerary combinations for users.
The company also offers what is called Price Drop Payback™, which lets users book fights in advance, knowing that if the fare drops afterwards, they can obtain travel credit for the difference up to $100.
The company, according to an article in the LA Times this morning, also plans on developing an Android version of the app.