SAN FRANCISCO, June 22, 2016 /PRNewswire/ -- Just in time for the summer travel season, Hotwire.com® today announced changes to its mobile booking platform and shared insights on the way digital technology is changing travel patterns. Updates to the Hotwire® app, available on Android and iOS, include a new home screen and functionality that allows customers to book one-way car rentals, reserve hotel rooms after midnight, and select a bed type when making hotel reservations.
"Our mobile platform is a big priority for us because we're all about enabling spontaneous travel and mobile technology is rapidly becoming the primary way people book trips," says Hotwire President Henrik Kjellberg. "Nearly half of our hotel transactions in the first quarter of this year came from a mobile device*."
Updates to Hotwire Mobile App
With Hotwire's updated mobile app, travelers can search, find, and book a trip in less than a minute and with just three clicks. Specific improvements include:
Insights on Changing Travel Patterns
"It's very liberating to have the power to plan a trip right in the palm of your hand and with Hotwire, that's what's happening," Kjellberg said. "It's about deciding on Wednesday that you want to take the family on a last minute trip to Napa. Or deciding to join a friend for a music festival this summer that you hadn't planned on attending. Those spontaneous, 'slightly adventurous' travel moments are the reason we do this."
Hotwire.com is a leading discount travel site with low rates on airline tickets, hotel rooms, rental cars and vacation packages. Launched in 2000, Hotwire, Inc. obtains deep discounts from its travel suppliers to help travelers book unsold airline seats, hotel rooms and rental cars. Hotwire.com is an award winning website and Hotwire, Inc. is an operating company within Expedia, Inc. For more information, visit http://www.hotwire.com. In addition to Hotwire.com, Hotwire, Inc. also operates www.carrentals.com.
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*Based on Hotwire data, Q1 2016
Anita Lavine, Porter Novelli for Hotwire
Carrie Peters, Hotwire