Smart phones are not just for phone calls. They are used for wide variety of tasks which include browsing the internet, text messaging, emails, banking, driving directions and even shopping. Travel companies were quick to recognize the potential benefits of mobile technology and have embraced it as part of their overall product distribution plan. There’s a mobile app for almost everything today and the popularity of airline mobile apps is changing the way consumers research and book flights.
Some of the travel technology solutions available today include an optional air mobile app that takes advantage of all the benefits an online travel agency air booking engine offers combined with the ease and mobility of using a smart phone to book a flight. Some offer mobile applications as an optional “add-on” to an existing airline booking engine while some develop them independently. A mobile booking engine is a great way for any travel agent to serve their existing clients “on the go” or reach a new generation of travelers who exclusively use their smart phones and tablets to research and book their travel.
To get started, you’ll want to begin with the basics like a website that is mobile ready so that customers can find your business quickly and easily online using the device they choose. Next you’ll want to add a mobile booking engine that combines integrated cutting edge technology with the convenience and benefits of an online travel agent booking engine. Many online booking engines are designed to support a client’s own unique “Look & Feel” with the headers, footers and style sheets customized to provide a seamless online experience for customers. Complete private label versions are also available where clients can design the complete layout of their online air booking engine themselves. It all just depend s upon what your requirements and budget are.
Most large online travel agents have built applications that use responsive technology to serve today’s growing number of consumers who use their mobile device to purchase travel products as well as those that switch between devices during the research and booking process. Now, regardless of the type of device a customer uses to access a website, applications built using responsive technology can automatically adjust the screen layout based on the type of device being used.
For those looking to have a dedicated Mobile App, there are several companies designing and developing custom Apps, while other companies offer mobile ready applications as an optional “add-on” to an existing air booking engine. Either approach offers Consumers the ease and mobility of using a smart phone or tablet. Mobile Apps and mobile responsive technology are no longer just available for the big brand names either. Travel software companies can now provide any size travel agency an affordable mobile booking engine built using the latest technology with the powerful tools to they need to compete with any size online travel business.
Finding an online booking solution with the right combination of features for your business can be critical and the key to the success of your online travel business. Finding a technology partner with the right solutions can be just as important.