An iPhone app to manage the agony and the ecstasy of booking travel
One of the things I like least about traveling is the very initial phase of planning and researching flights, comparing fares, and figuring if it's worth paying $100 more to have a non-stop flight (it always is). The new Orbitz app
, as we mentioned recently, has a cool interface which makes finding a flight easy. And now there's another you definitely want to know about.
The Hipmunk app
is a complement to the popular Hipmunk
and lays out your travel options in a funky way. Rather than simply listing
out all the options available, it sorts choices into a easy-to-read
bar graph that you can arrange by cost, departure time, length, and my
personal favorite--agony. Seriously.
The agony view
factors everything into consideration and presents you with options,
based on how agonizing your flight will be. Go on a flight with two kids
and two layovers and you'll understand the algorithm in a second.
On the hotel front, you can sort by
the typical categories or rely on its quirky Ecstasy tab to get the
low-down on which accomodations offer the best amenities, price and
The least agonizing flight with the highest ecstasy-rated hotel sounds like a pretty good trip to me. -Jeana
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