Thanks, Expedia.

By Stacey Leasca
October 09, 2018
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Expedia and Google are making it easier than ever for busy people to book their dream vacations. In fact, it’s so simple that they don’t even need to use their hands.

On Tuesday, Expedia announced the launch of the Expedia Action for the Google Assistant. With the partnership, customers now have the ability to book and manage their travel plans through hands-free voice commands on any Google Assistant-enabled device including the Google Pixel phone, the Google Home, and Google Home Mini.

“We’re excited to innovate with ways to make travel planning easier, no matter where you are or what device you're using. The market has seen rapid adoption of these new technologies within the past year and we want to make sure that Expedia customers are able to get the travel information they need, exactly when they need it. The Google Assistant is a step in that direction,” Brent Harrison, VP of product and technology for Expedia, said in a statement.

All customers have to do is link up their Expedia accounts to Expedia Action. Then, they can receive personalized assistance with existing itineraries, can check on their Expedia Rewards balances, get packing list tips for their upcoming trips, book hotels, add a rental car, and more.

Best of all, the new integration into Google Assistant is a free perk. All you need to do is say "Ok Google, talk to Expedia" on one of your connected devices. Then, simply use commands like “What should I pack for Los Angeles?” and “Book me a hotel in Rome, Italy.”

Your high-tech travels don’t need to stop there. Before takeoff, check out these 23 tech essentials that will upgrade every part of your trip.