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Hopper can now predict cheaper hotel booking times in addition to flights

Hopper, the travel app that uses algorithms to identify cheap airline tickets, is now rolling out a hotel reservation service starting today. Previously, Hopper users who obtained plane tickets then had to use a hotel booking app like Kayak to find accommodation. But Hopper hopes to become a one-stop-shop for travel.

Based on fare data and customer reviews, Hopper will recommend booking a hotel or waiting for the price to drop, much like it works with airline tickets. Using the same color-coded calendar, with red for expensive, yellow for moderate, and green for less, Hopper lets users see which dates are more expensive than others.

The hotel feature also includes neighborhood markers to indicate where a hotel will be located, and a few words about the type of vibe you can expect from the surroundings, such as “Rooms are small, but well designed and clean.” high technology “. Eventually, through machine learning, Hopper hopes the app will be able to give personalized recommendations on which hotel to stay.

Instead of showing still images of hotels, Hopper also adds a feature called Hotel Profiles, which works like Snapchat or Instagram stories, showing different sections of the hotel like the bedroom, lobby, and bar, so so people can see better before they book a hotel. But profiles often don’t give a lot of information, especially the parts that list a hotel’s flaws. Row NYC’s profile names city traffic as a downside, although the same can be said of all Manhattan hotels. Another Refinery Hotel profile says you should ignore it if you don’t want a lobby that turns into a jazz bar at night, which looks less like a flaw and more like the person making history at night. short of ideas.

Although the Hopper’s Hotel feature seems extremely convenient and easy to use, it is currently only available in New York. The company says it will soon be rolled out to 10 other U.S. cities, including LA, Miami and San Francisco. Availability in other major international cities will roll out next year, which means those of us who plan to travel the world will have to wait a while to use this feature. The Hotels feature is available on iOS 11 devices and will soon be available on Android.