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August 23, 2012

WorldMate Launches The Next Big Thing on iPhone

At WorldMate, we’ve had a long history of firsts: the first travel app (2000), the first to parse travel confirmation emails and build trip itineraries (2007), the first to have in-app hotel booking (2008), and on and on.

Today we’re launching yet another first on iPhone— and it is huge! So big that it will re-draw the travel industry landscape. Travelers will love it, while the old guard in the travel industry will loathe it…. exactly the reactions one would expect when disrupting a massive industry.

 

So what is it we’re launching?

 

We call it Hotel Price Alerts, and it is light years ahead of those cumbersome price alerts for flights you may have seen from other companies.

The service, which is a free feature within WorldMate for iPhone, will automatically review your hotel reservations and let you know when we find a better deal for you.

The deal will come in one of three flavors:

  • A better price for the same hotel room
  • A better price for a similar room at a nearby hotel
  • A similar price for a much better room at a nearby hotel

 

We source the deals from our inventory of over 100,000 hotels worldwide, and the resulting offer is tailored to you by taking into account your upcoming trip, your stated preferences and your history of previous reservations. The price alert will then magically appear in your WorldMate itinerary.

 

But that’s not all. The Hotel Price Alert service makes it simple for you to book the deal directly within WorldMate within a few clicks. We can even store your personal and business credit cards to make booking a cinch whether it's a leisure or business trip.

What about canceling my original hotel booking? We’ve got that covered too. WorldMate deploys another patent-pending technology called LinkCatch to capture the cancellation policies and methods from your original hotel booking so that we can facilitate your cancelation with just a couple of clicks.

 

So, in review, the Hotel Price Alert Service

  1. Notifies you when we have a lower price for your hotel room (or a similar room at a nearby hotel)
  2. Enables you to book that room a few clicks
  3. Cancels your original reservation with a couple more clicks
  4. Is free

 

WorldMate’s Hotel Price Alerts will save you dozens, or even hundreds, of dollars per trip. It’s also going to alleviate that nagging feeling of “Am I getting hosed on the price I just paid for my hotel?” And finally it will prevent all those headaches when you want to cancel and re-book.

 

Given that we’ve got the best mobile team in the business by miles and have our LinkCatch patent pending, it is going to be a big challenge for everyone else in the industry to catch up. At the very least, it will to take them years to do so.

Until they do, WorldMate stands alone in the quest to do right by you and the hundreds of millions of other travelers around the globe.

 

If you have an iPhone (other platforms to follow soon), download WorldMate for free and give our Hotel Price Alerts a try.

Download WorldMate from the App Store

July 09, 2012

WorldMate 4 – it’s time 4 a change!


 

Booking a hotel is all too often cumbersome and way too hard to find the right accommodation for your next trip. Well WorldMate is changing the tides, making Hotel booking an extraordinary and hassle free experience. WorldMate 4.0 for iPhone has just been released and follows the same principles we’ve always believed in: giving you an incredible product experience and supporting you as best we can throughout your trip.

So what’s new?

A whole new, top notch hotel booking interface that’s designed to make hotel booking on WorldMate the best experience you can find out there on the app store.

It’s packed with endless features to simply make it the best out there: it is faster, more fluid and highly contextual, it has great filtering and search on map functionality, it can remember your credit cards for an express checkout and you can start a the search directly from your itinerary. We’ve added a new ‘Deals only’ filter button and we’ve even thrown in there a single click button to find you a great last minute hotel nearby for tonight.

 

We know you’ll love it and we’ll be waiting for your feedback on how we can make it even better.

Download WorldMate from the App Stpre Play

June 18, 2012

Getting More Social with WorldMate for Android

 

Whether you’re traveling for business or pleasure, it’s always fun (and important) to keep your loved ones and colleagues in the loop. So we’ve released an update today to do exactly that. First of all, you can now post travel plans from your Trip screen to your Facebook network. Don’t wish to spread the news about your travel plans to everyone? Well, we’ve also added a share itinerary by email button so you can hand select exactly with whom you want to forward your trip details.

 

In addition to various fixes and improvements, Galaxy Nexus users will be pleased with new WorldMate support for high-resolution screens.

 

So what are you waiting for? Upgrade now!

Download WorldMate from the Google Play

June 11, 2012

WorldMate, now on Windows Phone!


12 years after debuting on Pocket PC, WorldMate returns to Microsoft-powered mobile devices with WorldMate for Windows Phone.

 

 

The new app features an itinerary viewer re-crafted for the Windows Phone interface, a mapping service to plot your airports, hotels, and meetings, and the ability to find out which of your Facebook friends and LinkedIn connections are nearby.

 

The app is available to download here.

Download WorldMate for Windows Phone

May 02, 2012

WorldMate for iPad has arrived!


Let's say its a few days before your next trip and you're worried you forgot something. Did I reserve a car yet? Was that flight to Phoenix at 6AM or 6PM? Do I have the hotel's phone number to call if I can check-in early? Well, with WorldMate for iPad, you can put your mind at ease and answer all these questions from the comfort of your couch.

 

This is the first version of WorldMate built specifically for iPad. It comes with all of the WorldMate features you love— an itinerary viewer, flight details, maps, currency converters, LinkedIn integration and on and on… For those of you lucky enough to have the new iPad, we've upgraded the graphics to support the amazing Retina display. The iPad app is free for download here.

 

LIMITED TIME SPECIAL!!! Upgrade to WorldMate Gold for only $2.99 instead of $9.99 to celebrate our new WorldMate 3.0 release and get flight status, flight schedules and calendar synchronization.

Download in the App Store

If you have also have an iPhone then you’re in luck— we've just enhanced some of the trip view screens and other graphical elements. Download this newest version and experience the refreshed design.

 

A side note for all you techies and developers out there. We've just launched the WorldMate Developers Portal which features our brand new WorldMate API for parsing travel confirmation emails. If you're building a website or app and want to add flight/hotel/car rental/train/etc. details, then check it out.



March 06, 2012

WorldMate Wins Best Mobile App at EyeForTravel!

 

Last night, WorldMate won the prestigious EyeForTravel Best Mobile App award among a group of impressive startups including Gogobot, Hipmunk, Jetsetter, and HotelTonight. Our congratulations to all of the runners up.

The contenders were whittled down to 4 finalists, and each of us gave a 5 minute presentation in front of a panel of judges. One of the judges had the role of being the "Simon Cowell" asking tough questions and spitting out harsh comments. We presented last, and all that judge could say was "You knocked my socks off". That was it — no questions, no criticisms. Apparently we won in a route.

With this EyeForTravel award, WorldMate has now won Best App awards at a prestigious consumer travel event to go alongside our Best App awards in business travel (GBTA) and mobile (GSMA, Meffys). These successes are testament to the incredible skill and tireless energy of our team and to our users who provide invaluable feedback— both good and bad— that we take to heart and use as inspiration to keep driving the mobile travel industry forward.

Thank you for all of your support.



February 09, 2012

Social integration & price alerts

 

We admit it. Registering and logging into an app with an email address and password is a pain. The good news is that we’ve just integrated WorldMate 2.5 for iPhone with Facebook, so that you can now register and log-in to WorldMate with your Facebook credentials. It’s fast, easy, and no more “what was my password for this app?” again!

In keeping with the social theme, it’s now even easier to post your trip updates on Facebook. For those of you with iPhone OS5, you can tweet your travel adventures from WorldMate as your trip unfolds.

One last thing- Do you ever wonder if the hotel room you booked is really a good deal? With our new Price Alert service, we’ll put your mind at ease by notifying you if there’s a better price for that hotel room, a comparable hotel for a cheaper price, or if there’s a much better hotel for slightly more. In many cases, you can cancel your original booking without penalty and then re-book the better deal through us.

 

Download in the App Store



February 01, 2012

Traveling keeps getting better and easier

WorldMate has done it again, making traveling better and easier. With new and improved travel services making travel easier and more enjoyable, we not only have the Android Market’s “Editors Choice” award, but we’re also an Android Market “Staff Picks”.

So, what’s new in 5.0?

Price Alerts: Did you get the best hotel deal? WorldMate now automatically helps you save with our Price Alerts service. No matter where you book from, we’ll let you know if you can get more for less. Save money on the same hotel, find a similar but cheaper, or upgrade to bigger and better for next to nothing!

Hotel Booking Revamped: We’ve upgraded our hotel booking service giving our users an incredible booking experience. You’ll enjoy our new user interface, which makes finding the perfect hotel a cinch. And for those of you bargain hunters, you can now get straight to the chase with our Deals button.

Express Booking: Do you hate the tedious process of entering your credit card details each time you book? Well, we now give you the option of storing those details with us, so that it's a snap the next time you book on WorldMate.

Log in with Facebook: Loosing track of your Web or App accounts and passwords? Well you now have one less password to remember; just Log in with your Facebook credentials.

Facebook Status Updates: If you’re planning a trip or on route and running up those miles, update your Facebook friends directly from WorldMate. Keep your friends updated on your travel adventures by posting new travel status messages directly from your Trip’s screen.

Download in the Android Market



October 04, 2011

Calling All Android Users: You’ve Been Upgraded

Back in July, we launched the WorldMate for Android “Gold” premium services , and it has become one of the handful of apps to win the coveted “Editors Choice” designation from Android Market! Still, our team has been working overtime on major enhancements to the next iteration of WorldMate for Android—Version 4.0. We’re thrilled to announce its availability as of today! So, what’s new in 4.0?

Calendar Synchronization for Outlook, and Google/Android Calendar: Demand for this has been overwhelming—so here it is! Setup takes a minute or two and then all your flights/hotel/car rental reservations in WorldMate will automatically sync to your calendar.

Car Rentals: Renting a car by walking up to the rental counter at the airport is so 2010! With 4.0, you can reserve a car at hundreds of airports around the globe. Select from multiple car rental agencies including, Avis, Budget, Dollar, Thrifty, and many more.

Limousine Reservations: Guess what? Limos aren’t just for celebrities or going to the Prom. The next time you’re thinking about that $85 taxi from the airport into New York City, check WorldMate for a much more comfortable town car at comparable prices. With our partner, GroundLink, we’re providing limo reservations to/from airports all over the world. Reservations are made with a simple click to call or, if you just don’t like talking to people much, you can reserve directly within the app. Try it on your next trip and be one of “those people” who have a driver waiting for them at baggage claim.

Improved Graphics: We’ve redesigned the main screen to accommodate the ever-growing number of services with in the app. You will also notice the enhanced mapping functionality- WorldMate now displays a uniquely labeled pinpoint for the airport, hotel, and meetings in your itinerary.

Advertisements: My father always told me, “There’s no such thing as a free lunch.” WorldMate is closing in on 9 million registered users, many of whom are free users. Until now, we’ve been ad-free, only serving promotions for our hotel booking service or to our travel insurance/limousine booking partners, etc. With 4.0, we’re introducing 3rd party banner advertising to generate a little cash to pay for everything the millions of free users enjoy today (and to keep our investors and accountants happy!). We hope that its not too intrusive and that maybe you’ll even click one or two of them. Of course, if you upgrade to the Gold version, those ads will magically disappear.

Download in the Android Market



August 29, 2011

Re-Introducing WorldMate for iPhone

We're very excited to announce that WorldMate for iPhone 2.0 is now available on the iPhone App Store. We've redesigned the app from the ground up and added all the latest iOS features to make organizing your travel plans an even better experience.

Included in this version

New design:
You'll love the beautiful new design of WorldMate 2.0 for iPhone; based on feedback from thousands of WorldMate users we've made everything nicer and easier to find.

A more complete itinerary:
We have added support for more details about your reservations, so each item in your itinerary now contains more details from your original flight/hotel/car reservation email.

Latest iOS updates:
WorldMate for iPhone now supports multi-tasking, fast app switching, Retina display and you can even open the app directly from a WorldMate import email.

Download in the App Store