Tuesday, July 20, 2010

Kayaking Just Got Better

The first time I ever used the Kayak.com search engine for flights, I found a flight for 700 dollars less than I was prepared to pay. Since then it has been THE place I look for the best flight and vacation prices.

Naturally I got the app for the iPhone and iPad and most recently for my HTC EVO.

After learning about Google's planned take over of ITA who is the data provider Kayak uses, I became worried that Google would push the upstart kayak right out of the market but kayak has outdone themselves with the most recent update to both the mobile apps (iPad in particular) and the full website.


The iPad app was completely redone to take advantage of the large screen. While the mobile app is nice, it feels very...mobile.

The large screen on the iPad also allows for quick searches, a must when you are searching for more than just a single date or location. The history of searches, located in the center provides easy access to recent searches.

Search Screen


But it's the new Explore feature in Kayak which has not only raised, but redefined the bar for travel websites. Explore lets kayak help you find a destination based on cost, flight characteristics, timing and cost. I have been waiting for a feature that would allow me to ask "where can I go given these parameters?" Kayak.com has delivered. With the broadest set of search criteria, travel is possible nearly everywhere. This makes it simple to find deals, like 410 dollars to Bogota or 580 to Amsterdam.

World Map with Explore Dots


Once you zoom in on the map (a dream using multi-touch) the dots turn into the best available fare and you are on your way to a great vacation!

Montevideo


Thanks again to the folks at kayak.com and happy travels!

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