Search travel info with Kayak.com Mobile
~ 24 August 2006 ~
For every nay-sayer that comes along arguing the mobile web has little value for users and even less for content developers, there are plenty of sites to prove otherwise.
Just today I happened upon Kayak Mobile. Doth mine eyes deceive me? Finally a decent way to search the web for travel info on the go? I can’t tell you how many times I could have used this the last couple months.
Kayak.com has been quietly climbing the ranks as the Google of travel searches. They don’t book flights or hotels, but rather search sites that do, and bring in revenue with paid advertising and results. (Side note: A similar “one to search them all” model for stock photography sites is long overdue. Somebody get cranking on that, please…)
And now from Steve Hafner and Paul English (founders) comes Kayak Mobile for your phone browser. It’s easy to use, it doesn’t promise more than the context of being mobile offers, yet delivers just what you need. Search flights, hotels, even places to eat and you’re given quick access to phone numbers and addresses. You can’t book a flight (imagine the data entry on your phone), but you’ll get price, departure/arrival times, and a phone number to call for reservations.
Here’s the home page. Nothing superfluous, just a category springboard:
More screens after the jump.
Choose “fly” and you’ll search for flights:
Choose “sleep” and you’ll begin a search for hotels:
Choose “eat” and… you get the point:
Search weather too, or send the site to a friend:
And finally, more about a Search API and Blackberry version from the Labs:
We’re having a blast with KayakMobile. The Air and Hotel functionality is built completely upon the public Search API in an effort to flesh out the API so other developers can also build fully-functional apps. If you happen to have a Blackberry, you’re welcome to install our KayakMobile Blackberry Launcher.
Coolness. This almost makes me look forward to being on the road again. Almost.
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