First Look: Priceline Debuts New Hotel and Flight Search Tools
Priceline’s introducing some exciting new features today—and we’ve gotten a sneak peak at what to expect. Exclusive to users on iPhone and iPad, the upgrade includes a partnership with intelligent fare search Routehappy as well as a location-based hotel search tool. When looking for a place to stay, the Deals Near Me feature will now scan the thirty mile radius around you to find great room discounts in the vicinity—it pulls from Priceline’s entire database, featuring both Express Deals and retail prices. As with any dynamic zone hotel search, this lends itself best to last minute bookings, but don’t count it out as a planning tool—you can manually change your position on the map to anywhere in the world, accessing deals that are say, walking distance from the Prado—and search for reservations months out in the future.
Perhaps more exciting, however, is Priceline’s partnership with Routehappy. We’ve long loved the site’s reliable and easy-to-digest Happiness Scores, which weigh factors from seat size to on-board Wi-Fi to determine a route’s overall rating. Now, Priceline users will see those scores in line with their flight search results, denoted by Routehappy’s signature smiley face icon. Better yet, those searching Routehappy for flights will now have the option to book directly via Priceline.
Both tools are available for iOS today—but the company says it will gradually roll out these new services to other platforms in due time.
Nikki Ekstein is an Editorial Assistant at Travel + Leisure and part of the Trip Doctor news team. Find her on Twitter at @nikkiekstein.