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Major update to iPhone app TripAssist

Expedia launches TripAssist 2.0

Expedia has released a major update to its iPhone app TripAssist designed to help travellers with booking, researching and tracking travel information. The new version allows users to also enter and track non-Expedia travel itineraries.

With TripAssist, travelers can:
– Research flights, destinations, hotels, cars and activities from anywhere.
– Once they book, they can manage and update their itineraries as circumstances dictate – find an alternative flight, research their seats via SeatGuru seat maps, access real-time flight status and more.
– Unlike other travel apps, TripAssist provides real-time SMS and email updates free of charge.
– Users can automatically sync an itinerary from their Expedia.com account, or create and add a new itinerary if they didn’t book on Expedia.
– For example, after users have landed at their destination, the app will automatically provide easy access to their hotel information, including its
address, to help them on your way. And while users are in the app, Expedia.com customer service support is also accessible with a single keypad
touch. Users can also use the app to track flight status of friends and family, making airport pickups a lot easier.

In addition to the iPhone app, Expedia has also optimized its site for most mobile phone browsers, including those on iPhone Safari, Blackberry, Android and Windows phones. Users will be able to search and book flights, hotels, cars, and activities via a streamlined, easy-to-navigate interface perfect for small screens and phone-based web browsers.

Expedia.com estimates that approximately, 1% of sales came from smartphone browsers using the full Expedia.com site in 2009, and expects this number to grow with the mobile-optimized web interface.

TripAssist requires iPhone OS 3.1 or later and is available from the U.S. App Store as a free download.

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