Every day someone new launches a new or improved feature for travelers on the go. Here are a few that are new, new to me, or upgraded.
-Salk International (www.airport-transit-guide.com) has completely overhauled its landmark "Salk International Airport Transit Guide," both in coverage and format. It now covers getting to/from 460 major and not-so-major airports round the world, and it's now available as an app for iPhone, iPad and iPod. Currently, you can download it from the iTunes store for a "sale" price of $4.99, covering the current version plus updates for an unspecified period.
-Room 77 (www.room77.com) has added a price search function to its unique (as far as I know) individual room locator capability. Since its inception, Room 77 has featured hotel floor maps showing the location of individual rooms, and its "room concierge" function lets you identify and request a room in a location you prefer -- high floor, view, quiet, whatever you want. The new price comparison function is extremely fast; it searches among the big online agencies that usually have the best available rates and it usually matches the lowest price it finds on other sites.
- I'm a bit late with this one, but Priceline (priceline.com) recently added a "tonight only deals" feature to its "Hotel Negotiator" app for iPad. It currently covers about 20 cities, with more coming.
- Hipmunk (www.hipmunk.com), the site that added a schedule-based "agony" factor to airfare searches has adapted the concept in an app. Trip displays show fares and timeline graphs of arrival and departure times, total flight times, and layover times at connection points.
-- Viator (viator.com), the outfit that sells local sightseeing tours in many major destinations around the world, launched its app recently. Viator can often beat the prices charged by a cruise line or package tour operator, and it also has some options that you might not otherwise see.
-- RailEurope (raileurope.com) has a new app that lets you check schedules, book trips, and file itineraries.
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