Hotwire Launches, Offering Real-Time Price Information

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Hotwire is promising to make travel searching even easier with the launch of their new real-time alert system, The site offers up-to-the-moment price alerts for flights – even for unadvertised sales.

They aren’t the first to offer this service – Kayak offers a price tracker, as do several other sites, but as data shows that many travelers search multiple sites before booking, it’s an easy-to-use platform that lends another chance for a discount from a reputable name in travel. The technology has existed for some time, actually, but today marks the launch of TripWatcher into a spin-off site.

“We’ve all experienced it, we look and look for low fares and the day we decide to take a rest, we hear about a lower-priced ticket after it’s already gone. So a couple of years ago, Hotwire developed the Trip Watcher tool to alleviate some of the guess work from getting a great deal,” said Clem Bason, president of the Hotwire Group in a release. “Using the site, travelers can rest assured they will get up-to-the-minute alerts when prices drop on their ideal flights, giving us all a chance to get the best deal.”

A few things we like:

  • The simple-to-use interface, which allows for registration via Facebook or Twitter
  • The ability to be contacted the way you want to – via email, Facebook or Twitter
  • Planning capabilities for weekend, flexible or exact date trips
  • The ability to watch hotel and car rentals (coming soon)

What do you think about this new way to search for discount travel?