Plan, book and manage your travels.
RIM today has announced a new travel app called simply the Blackberry Travel which will be an “all-in-one integrated and contextual experience” for users to plan, book and manage their travels and itineraries.
“The BlackBerry Travel app is set to be the next must-have tool for travelers, offering convenient push notifications and seamless integration of travel itineraries, profiles, and flight status updates into the familiar BlackBerry Calendar,” said Jim Tobin, Senior Vice President, Software and Services at RIM. “We also think the BlackBerry Travel app represents a great opportunity for travel industry leaders to work with RIM to deliver enhanced services and better travel experiences for their customers, and new revenue opportunities for travel providers.”
The Blackberry Travel app also brings the following tools for the travelers among us:
- Hotel Booking
- Currency Converters
- Weather Forecasts
- Local searches
The app is designed to work quite simply. When a user gets a booking confirmation or itinerary in the user’s inbox, the Blackberry Travel app will automatically update itself with the relevant details and also populate the calendar. Users can also choose to share their travel plans with family and friends through email or LinkedIN.
The app will constantly keep track of flight statuses and promptly provide notifications about any on going changes. The app can even identify potential omissions or scheduling concerns with the itineraries, such as missing accommodation or timing conflicts, and provide users suggestions.
Users can also choose to collaborate with WorldMate.
“WorldMate is tremendously excited to bring its unique itinerary management, travel expertise and technology to RIM to create the next stage in mobile travel services. The BlackBerry Travel app represents a quantum leap over existing solutions in features, functionality, polish and ease-of-use,” said Jean Tripier, CEO, WorldMate Inc.
“When United and Continental customers are travelling, access to the best, most up-to-date information is key. Integrating with BlackBerry Travel will provide customers not only that information, but the ability to quickly jump to our web sites for additional information and access to enhanced services,” said Jared Miller, managing director of self-service and emerging technology at United Airlines. “We’re excited to team with RIM and WorldMate to give the customers of the combined carrier a great option for managing their travel and information while on the go.”
“As mobile usage grows exponentially, Expedia Affiliate Network provides the technology and solutions to allow travelers to plan and purchase their perfect trip quickly and easily,” said Benoit Jolin, VP of Product and Marketing at EAN. “We’ve supported RIM and WorldMate to bring our hotel booking capabilities to BlackBerry Travel to give our users an integrated experience as they plan, book and manage their travel with their BlackBerry smartphone.”
“Working with RIM and WorldMate gives Hilton Worldwide customers a great new option for keeping track of their stays with us while on the go,” said Chuck Sullivan, senior vice president, global online services, Hilton Worldwide. “Our customers will appreciate having a place to go to quickly and easily manage their travel itineraries.”
“BlackBerry Travel is a superb tool for travelers who want the most accurate and pertinent information delivered promptly and reliably,” said Kurt Ekert, chief commercial officer, Travelport. “We look forward to working with RIM to introduce BlackBerry Travel to the corporate market and believe its integration will continue to enable our travel management company clients to serve their customers even more effectively.”
A beta version of the app is available to download today from the Test Center category on the Blackberry App World. The app is free (for now) and will work on Blackberry 5 OS and higher.