Tweet for the flight you need with new service
Friday 25 March 2011
A new service from airline metasearch Skyscanner launched March 24, allowing travelers to tweet their flight requirements to get a quote.
The new service, dubbed "FlyScan," automatically creates a flight search based on the details sent to its Twitter handle, @FlyScan.
Customers can send short messages such as "London to New York on June 14" and receive a link back nearly immediately, which provides the lowest price found and a link to further results found.
Impressively, the whole system was built in under 24 hours, with the Scotland-based team behind the system liveblogging their experience at the website http://flyscan.org (and saying that some glitches are still being ironed out).
It's one of the more creative uses of Twitter, which has been somewhat left behind in favor of Facebook by the travel sphere as companies such as Delta Airlines and Malaysia Airlines raced to build apps for the world's largest social networking site.
Hotel metasearch site Travelocity also launched a new feature March 24, adding eleventh-hour hotel deals to its popular iPhone app.
The company says that the new "Top Secret Hotel" functionality finds unpublished deals that are up to 55 percent lower than regular rates for same-day stays.
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