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35 Travel Booking Innovations

From VR Trip-Booking Services to Airport Social Platforms

— January 30, 2018 — World
These travel booking innovations range from VR-powered itinerary services to airport social platforms that encourage spontaneous conversations between passengers.

While examples like the Amadeus search and booking tool and Razões para Acreditar and Burson-Marstellar's online platfrom utilize virtual reality to both simulate travel and help consumers arrange the vacation of their dreams, KAYAK's emoji search feature targets social media-savvy, Millennial travelers.

Other travel booking innovations gaining attention include Travel Noire, a platform geared toward Black Millennial consumers and Love Home Swap, a service that lets vacationers trade homes with one another while abroad.

Cheap airfare-finding app Bliss and Boomer-specific travel platform Road Scholar round off this list and speak to consumers' growing desire for convenient and personalized trip-planning options. Whether consulting a curated app or online booking service, consumers of all ages are embracing travel aids that are more seamless and flexible than ever before.
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Limo-Ordering Apps
Limo-Ordering Apps
SuperShuttle Lets San Antonio Locals Order Black Cars to the Airport
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Local Travel Guide Platforms
Local Travel Guide Platforms
'WorLocal' Connects You with Locals in a New City
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Backpacker Journey-Tracking Apps
Backpacker Journey-Tracking Apps
The 'Remote Goat' App Lets You Track and Share Your Experience
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Allergy-Friendly Travel Platforms
Allergy-Friendly Travel Platforms
AllergyTravels Aims to Simplify Traveling with an Allergy
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31
Bus Booking Platforms
Bus Booking Platforms
'Busbud' Uses Algorithms to Help Users Find the Best Intercity Buses
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30
Automated Discount Travel Platforms
Automated Discount Travel Platforms
'Tripvo' Provides Flight Alerts on Your Favorite Routes
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29
On-Demand Car Pooling Apps
On-Demand Car Pooling Apps
Bla Bla Car Lets Drivers Share Empty Seats With Travelers on a Budget
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28
Localized Vacation Experiences
Localized Vacation Experiences
Airbnb Now Offers Bookable Experiences for Toronto Visitors
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27
Mobile Check-In Apps
Mobile Check-In Apps
The Stay App Turns Hotels into Mobile Experiences
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26
Informational Immigration Platforms
Informational Immigration Platforms
'Duoflag' Shows You How to Immigrate to Your Dream Country
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25
Vacation Incentive Loyalty Programs
Vacation Incentive Loyalty Programs
Consumers Can Earn Air Miles with Groupon's Loyalty Program
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24
Expat Culture Networks
Expat Culture Networks
Homeis is a Culture Network for Local Foreign-Born Communities
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23
Personalized Peer Guide Services
Personalized Peer Guide Services
Local Guddy Enables Travelers to Meet Up with Locals to Explore
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22
Customized Travel Deal Platforms
Customized Travel Deal Platforms
'Destigogo' Find Deals Based on When You're Looking to Travel
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21
Nomad-Connecting Social Platforms
Nomad-Connecting Social Platforms
'Knowmad Life' is a Network for Connecting Digital Nomads
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20
Female-Focused Homesharing Communities
Female-Focused Homesharing Communities
Overnight's 'Girls LOVE Travel' Group Emphasizes Safety
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19
Selfie-Based Hotel Apps
Selfie-Based Hotel Apps
GTRIIP's Selfie Feature Works in Conjunction With a Fingerprint Sensor
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18
VR Travel-Booking Services
VR Travel-Booking Services
Amadeus is Testing a Virtual Reality Search and Booking Tool
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17
Quiz-Based Travel Apps
Quiz-Based Travel Apps
'Nexto' Replaces Audio Guides with Engaging AR Games and Quizzes
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16
Surprise Travel Platforms
Surprise Travel Platforms
'Weekendia' Offers Travel Trips That are Revealed Just Before Departure
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15
Emoji-Based Travel Platforms
Emoji-Based Travel Platforms
KAYAK's New Emoji Search Feature Makes Searches More Engaging
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14
Home-Swapping Platforms
Home-Swapping Platforms
'Love Home Swap' Lets Users Trade Homes for Vacations
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13
Black Car Concierge Platforms
Black Car Concierge Platforms
'Blacklane' Offers High End Cars for Medium-Length Trips
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12
Short-Term Luxury Hotel Apps
Short-Term Luxury Hotel Apps
Recharge Allows Users to Book Accommodations by the Minute
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11
Friend-Sourced Travel Itineraries
Friend-Sourced Travel Itineraries
'dipp' Smart Travel Guide Uses Friends' Photos to Plan Your Trip
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10
Millennial Trip Planning Apps
Millennial Trip Planning Apps
Marbl is Building an Online Community of Travelers
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9
Personalized City Maps
Personalized City Maps
'Your Hospitality Art' Helps Homeshare Properties Stand Out
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8
WiFi Hotspot Language Translators
WiFi Hotspot Language Translators
The 'TranSay' Instant Pocket Translator Works with 30 Languages
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7
Boomer Travel Agencies
Boomer Travel Agencies
'Road Scholar' Organizes Trips Geared Toward Older Travelers
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6
Foreign Change-Converting Apps
Foreign Change-Converting Apps
'WorldKoins' Converts Leftover Currency from Travel to PayPal Money
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5
Airport Social Platforms
Airport Social Platforms
The WaitList App Promotes Spontaneous Interaction Between Passengers
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4
Black Millennial Travel Sites
Black Millennial Travel Sites
Travel and Discovery Platform Travel Noire was Acquired by Blavity
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3
Payment-Delaying Travel Apps
Payment-Delaying Travel Apps
Bliss Finds You Cheap Airfare and Lets You Pay For It Later
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2
Online Luxury Boat Rentals
Online Luxury Boat Rentals
Sailo Allows Consumers to Rent Boats On Its App
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Senior VR Travel Campaigns
Senior VR Travel Campaigns
This Virtual Reality Travel Project Fulfilled Seniors' Travel Goals
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