Feeling overwhelmed searching for the best flight options for that long awaited trip? Stressing over determining which hotel is the best choice for your family’s vacation? You might want to meet the Hipmunk! He’ll help take the agony out of planning your next trip. You choose the destination – the Hipmunk will help find the flights and hotels.
Hipmunk is one of my “Top Five” favorite trip planning tools, and my “go-to” resource when searching for airline flights. I even wrote about it last year in Hipmunk – Your Travel Booking Partner. So why am I talking about Hipmunk again? Because it’s recently become my “go-to” resource for hotel searches as well. Read on, my intrepid traveling friend, and discover for yourself why I like Hipmunk, and why I think you will too.
What is Hipmunk?
Hipmumk is a powerful trip planning website that allows you to quickly and easily find and book the best flight options and hotel choices for your travel destination. The website is a veritable treasure trove of travel planning information, just waiting for you to discover, including:
- Flight Search – Providing a visual timeline of flight options to help you identify and book the flight that best fits your travel needs and budget.
- Hotel Search – Detailed hotel choices displayed on a map so you can decide which hotel is where you want to be, and for a price you want to pay.
- Explore – Chock full of helpful travel information to popular worldwide travel destinations.
- Mobile Apps – Full feature apps for Apple and Android devices keeping you in touch with your traveling spirit no matter where you are.
- Deals – Helping stretch your travel dollars even further.
Hipmunk sure has come a long ways since it’s entrance into the travel website arena three short years ago! Recent site improvements and additions have elevated Hipmunk to a whole new level, making it an even greater powerhouse in the world of trip planning sites. My opinion, of course!
So What’s New With The Hipmunk?
Lots! In the past several months, Hipmunk has upgraded and improved it’s arsenal of trip planning tools. It now boasts a new and improved hotel search feature, an all-new Explore feature, and revised featured-filled mobile apps. Combine these new and improved features with the already powerful Flights Search, and Hipmunk delivers one powerful trip planning tool indeed! Here’s a snapshot of the latest updates and additions.
Meet the Redesigned Hipmunk Hotels Search
Hotels Search can easily find the best location – and the deal – for your next hotel stay. Simply input the city you are traveling to, the dates you want to stay, how many rooms you need, and how many people are in your party. Then click search.
Poof! Just like that, you’ve got a seriously good list of hotel options to choose from. You can further filter your choices by price, number of hotel stars, Tripadvisor reviews, property types, and available amenities.
Hipmunk doesn’t stop at basic hotel search filters, though. It elevates hotel searching to a whole new level with these enhanced search filters:
Trip Types – Filter hotels by trip style. Traveling with family? Got it. Traveling for Business? Perhaps a luxurious or romantic getaway your style? Yep, got it!
“Super-Powered” Maps – Mapping your hotels and so much more. These three additional search features will ensure you stay exactly where you want to stay.
Neighborhoods – Discover hotels in your preferred neighborhoods.
Heat Maps – Locate hotels near popular spots in Food, Tourism, Shopping, and Nightlife. What’s hot in the city tonight?
Calendar – Integrate your calendar with Hipmunk to see where your meetings or appointments are located. Then find hotels nearby.
Yep, the new and improved Hotels Search takes the guess work out of deciphering exactly where that hotel is located. No more wondering if you booked a hotel on the wrong side of the tracks when you’ve got Hipmunk on your side.
Hipmunk Explore – Discover New Destinations
Planning a trip to a popular US or International destination? Get started on those plans with Hipmunk’s Explore. Within seconds, find yourself lost in Rome, exploring the side streets of San Francisco, or planning an adventure in Paris.
Speaking of Paris, check out Explore’s City Guide to Paris. You’ll find a plethora of travel planning information just waiting for you to explore. Learn the best options for getting around Paris. Explore fun and exciting things to do and see. Determine which hotels are in your preferred neighborhoods. Then hop on over to Flight Search and book your fab trip to Paris!
Yep, Explore is another powerful trip planning tool from Hipmunk. I hope more destinations will be added soon. And now I want to go to Paris! It’s been years since I’ve been there, and thanks to Hipmumk, I have a whole new trip planned. Now just to figure out when I can go. 🙂
Hipmunk’s Improved Mobile Apps
Hipmunk has also completely revamped it’s mobile apps. Both the Apple and Android apps have new looks and new features to ensure you have easy on-the-go trip planning whenever, and where ever you are. Both apps now feature “Tonight Only” hotel deals as well as the ability to receive Fare Alerts on your mobile device.
So if you’ve been a mobile Hipmunk fan, you’ll definitely want to update your app. New to Hipmunk? Give the mobile app a try. I think you’ll like it.
Hipmunk – Still My Go-To Trip Planning Tool
So there you have it. Hipmunk has been one of my go-to flight planning tools for over two years now, and it’s now become one of my go-to hotel planning tools. Hipmunk is all about finding the best options at the best price that fit my travel needs. It’s not all about “cheap.” It’s about choice, because cheap isn’t always the best choice. And that’s why Hipmunk remains as one of my top-five trip planning tools.
Have you met the hippest Hipmunk around? Do you use Hipmunk? What’s your favorite trip planning tool?
Read Hipmunk – Your Travel Booking Partner to learn more about Hipmunk’s Flight Search features.
All images from Hipmunk.