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October 05, 2009

What the Critics Are Saying About WorldMate for Blackberry 3.0


Since the release of WorldMate for Blackberry 3.0, the response has been overwhelmingly positive. Now you don't have to take our word for it--PC World, CNET and other sources are confirming that our Blackberry travel app is your essential business travel companion.

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 In his post "Why Road Warriors Need Blackberry Travel App," Al Sacco of PC World writes,


"I've been using WorldMate to organize and manage my trip itineraries and related information for a couple of years, and I honestly can't even imagine traveling without it at this point. And with the frequent addition of valuable new features like the ones mentioned above, a great application for road warriors just got even better."

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Crackberry is holding a giveaway of 10 Gold Subscriptions to WorldMate for Blackberry. Adam Zeis of Crackberry writes,

"If you have ever travelled with your BlackBerry and NOT used Worldmate, now is a great time to check it out. Worldmate has been updated to version 3.0 and brings with it a lot of changes to an already amazing application. A quick look at the changes shows just how helpful Worldmate can be and personally, I live by this app when travelling."


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Jessica Dolcourt of CNET writes,

"WorldMate Live has most everything the business traveler would want or need to smooth out the logistical bumps that befall every trip...The application has become more attractive over time."



You can see more great reviews of our Blackberry travel application at The Blackberry Blog, Smartphone Cool, and JK On the Run.

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So what are you waiting for? Check out our hot new version with access to Yelp, and updates to hotel booking, calendar sync and more. Get a free subscription to our travel app to see what all the fuss is about, or Go Gold to get all the latest and best new features.

September 23, 2009

WorldMate Live 3.0 for Blackberry: Oh, The Places You’ll Go

At last it’s here: A shiny new version of the WorldMate for Blackberry travel app, with sleeker looks and hotter features than ever before. We’ve integrated Yelp.com, the go-to site for restaurant listings, shopping, and nightlife in all major US cities. Now that wealth of information—thousands upon thousands of stores, restaurants and pubs, with customer reviews—fits into the palm of your hand.

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 Find the best sushi place nearest you, or a shop that sells the fashions you love. And when you’re done dining and shopping, relax at the city’s highest-rated bar, recommended by hundreds of customer reviews.

WorldMate for Blackberry 3.0 also boasts a streamlined and improved hotel booking feature with sharp hotel photos, and an upgraded Calendar Sync feature.

Eat, Shop and Be Merry with WorldMate's Mobile App

New city? No problem! With our new local search service which integrates Yelp, you'll have everything you need at your fingertips!

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  Find the Best Restaurants. Search for restaurants in all major US cities, or select the option to  search for restaurants that are nearby. All locations appear on a map so you can easily find them. Once you've chosen your area, find the restaurants with the highest star ratings and the best  reviews. Ready to reserve a table? Click on the number to make that call!

 
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          For diners with special needs like vegetarians, vegans, or Indian food addicts, this travel app allows           you to search for restaurants by category. Feel like some Vietnamese cuisine? There may be just the place on a block near you.

Big_3D_Yelp_Icon  Shop 'Til You Drop. Or don't drop, because you won't be wasting time and energy searching for the store you need! Whether your glasses need adjusting or you just want to browse the GAP, with just a click you'll know where to go. The Empire State Building is located in a great shopping area for fashion, but did you know there's an office supplies store down the block? With our travel app, you'll know it all.

Big_3D_Yelp_Icon  Be the One Who "Knows a Place." After work, you and your colleagues want to grab a drink before dinner--where do you go? With the reviews of locals at your fingertips, you'll be the one who can suggest the most unique and elegant lounge that tourists never find.

 Book Your Hotel in Style

Our new hotel booking system is smoother and faster, so you can find and book a hotel within seconds.

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With our new system, you get the star rating and prices at a glance. But a picture is worth a thousand words, and that's why we now display photos of the hotels.

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 Stay In-Sync With Your Travel Schedule

 To top it off, we've simplified and improved our itinerary / BlackBerry calendar synchronization module. This solved many issues some users have encountered and makes it simpler to keep your calendar (Outlook, Lotus Notes, Entourage or any other) automatically updated with your itinerary - and vice versa.

  In the spirit of keeping WorldMate Live for BlackBerry the best product in the category, these new features are available to all users - free as well as Gold members. So what are you waiting for? Get the upgrade now !

September 21, 2009

WorldMate 1.6 for iPhone: Get 5-Day Weather Forecast & Itinerary Sharing

 The WorldMate 1.6 travel application for iPhone has exciting new features for free and Gold subscribers.

 Now you can share your itinerary with family, friends and colleagues, and get a 5-day weather forecast wherever you are in the world.

Itinerary Sharing at WorldMate for iPhone

With one click, share your itinerary with any of your iPhone contacts. This service is available to both free and Gold subscribers.

Whether you want work colleagues to know your schedule, or you want to alert your family and friends that you’ll be nearby, itinerary sharing at WorldMate for iPhone does the trick.

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 5-Day Weather Forecast at WorldMate for iPhone

Don’t be surprised by the weather. Get a 5-day weather forecast for any major city in the world, so you'll know if you need to pack a parka or winter coat for your trip, or if you can expect glorious sunny days. With a weather forecast, you'll be alerted to storms or climate conditions that could delay your flight.

The weather forecast service is available to free and Gold subscribers, and offers you three options:

Current city: Get the 5-day weather forecast for the city you’re currently in. Don't get caught in the rain without an umbrella, or in the cold without your coat. You'll leave for work knowing exactly what to expect.

Itinerary Cities: Get the 5-day weather forecast for the cities on your itinerary, so you know if you should pack an umbrella, sunscreen or both.

All Cities: Select any of the cities listed for a 5-day weather forecast.

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In the spirit of keeping WorldMate for iPhone the best product in the category (as evidenced by notable reviewers including TechCrunch and ReadWriteWeb), these new features have been added to both WorldMate and WorldMate Gold as free upgrades. So what are you waiting for? Get the upgrade now at the App Store and share it with your friends and colleagues!

July 28, 2009

Making Business Travel a Pleasure: WorldMate for iPhone v.1.5

At WorldMate, we make it our business to create an iPhone travel application that keeps track of your travel itinerary, so you don’t have to.

We are constantly pushing the envelope to bring you a trip planner that is powered with the latest mobile phone technology. That’s why WorldMate for iPhone v.1.5 is the hottest travel itinerary application to date—and the only one you need.

Download WorldMate for iPhone

Exclusive New Features

Only WorldMate brings you iPhone apps with these exclusive features:

•  Automatic alerts delivered to your iPhone  will let you know if your flight has been delayed, diverted or canceled, or if the flight departure gate has been changed. 
•  These alerts are powered by iPhone’s new “Push” technology, and ensure that you are always in the loop, and that you never have to check for updates.

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•  Our Smart Search for hotels refines your search to find the perfect hotel for you. Now you can search for a hotel near any location you choose, including city landmarks or the location of your next meeting. Choose to be in the thick of it near Times Square, or stick to Wall Street for a shorter commute to your conference.

Hotel bookings are always just a click away. New for iPhone: For last-minute booking, choose the “Near Me” option: Using a GPS sensor, WorldMate’s travel itinerary app will check where you are currently located, and then find all the hotels that are closest to you (and which match your preferences for budget, star rating, and amenities). You can then book the hotel directly through the WorldMate travel itinerary application, and show up at the hotel with your reservation ready to hand.


TipCalc • Tip Calculator: You’re at a restaurant in Hong Kong with colleagues, and the bill arrives. What do you do? Tipping practices vary from country to country—sometimes the service is included in the bill, while in other places you are not expected to leave a tip at all.

With the iPhone travel app’s new tip guide and calculator, you will be a pro at every restaurant in the world, from Paris to Singapore.


Find out more about WorldMate for iPhone

With the WorldMate trip planner for iPhone, your flight details, travel itinerary, and hotel searches are up to us. Enjoying the journey is up to you.

July 20, 2009

Latest Roundup of Parsing Improvements: From Axiom to Venere

Wow, the pace is picking up. Over the last 2 weeks we've added nine more providers to our Itinerary Generator parsing engine. This means that when you book travel with these companies, you can have WorldMate create itineraries for you automatically by simply forwarding the confirmation emails you get to trips@worldmate.com!

The nine lucky ones this time are:

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Axiom: Axiom is Rearden Commerce's booking system for American Express. Apparently, there are many Axiom users who prefer WorldMate Live to Axiom's own mobile itinerary client. Gee, we wonder why...



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  Etihad Airways- Abu Dhabi's flag carrier serves many of our users in the Gulf states.



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Lastminute.com - Frankly, with Brent Hoberman on our advisory board, it's a little embarassing we didn't support them before. Lastminute.com is the UK's biggest online travel agency, not owned by Sabre.



MAS_Current2008_Logo Malaysian Airlines: The flag carrier of (you guessed it) Malaysia, operating out of Kuala Lumpur.



Skyeuropelogo  SkyEurope Airlines: A low-cost airline headquartered in Bratislava,serving Slovakia, Czech Republic and Austria.



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Tiger Airways - A low cost airline based in Singapore.



Tuifly 

TUIFly - Germany's third largest airline, operating low cost and charter flight across Europe.



Vayama_logo_tiny   Vayama - An online travel agency which specializes in booking international air travel.



Venere_ logo_hpVenere - An online hotel reservation agency.





July 06, 2009

Four Seasons, JetStar, CheapoAir and Shangri-la - WorldMate Itinerary Generator Upgrade

We've just upgraded WorldMate's automatic Itinerary Generator again. You know, the system that drives the automatic building of travel itineraries by parsing (reading) confirmation emails for you. Support was added for 4 new suppliers:

Fourseasons_logo Four Seasons Hotels and Resorts - A high-end hotel chain used by many WorldMate members






Shangri-logo   Shangri-La Hotels and Resorts - A world leading Asia-based luxury hotel group preferred by many business executive straveling to Southeast Asia.




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Cheapoair.com - a
budget travel site for US and Canadian travelers. This site offers airfares on all major and smaller airlines worldwide by searching multiple reservation systems.

369px-Jetstar_Logo.svg  JetStar Airways - A low-cost subsidiary of Qantas, based in Melbourne Australia and used frequently by our Australian customers (and boy we have a lot of these mates!)



Want to learn how to get the most of WorldMate's automatic travel plan builder? Read this article!

June 18, 2009

Austrian Airlines, Brussels Airlines, Norwegian and Travel Inc. added to WorldMate Itinerary Generator

This week, we've added three European airlines - Austrian Airlines, Brussels Airlines and Norwegian Air Shuttle, as well as a top-25 US travel management company. Itineraries booked directly with these companies  are now supported by WorldMate's itinerary generator. Users can simply forward their confirmation emails to trips@worldmate.com to have all details added to their WorldMate itineraries.

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 Austrian Airlines, Austria's flag carrier operates out of Vienna and is a Star Alliance member. It has recently been acquired by Lufthansa.


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Brussels Airlines, another Star Alliance member is Belgium's largest carrier.

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Norwegian Air Shuttle is one of Europe's largest low-cost carriers and the second largest carrier in Scandinavia. As you've guessed, it's headquartered in Oslo and serves many Scandinavian WorldMate users.

Travel Inc. is a mid-size travel management company operating out of Atlanta GA and serving Fortune 500s as well as smaller customers.

All four of these are now part of the hundreds of companies already supported by WorldMate's itinerary generator. WorldMate users can have itineraries created automatically for them from the confirmation emails and then synchronized with their BlackBerries or iPhones.

June 06, 2009

WorldMate Itinerary Generator: LateRooms.com and CarRentals.com Now Supported

In our spirit of non-stop progress on the itinerary generation front, we just added two more suppliers to the list of supported itineraries. Our system can now read itineraries from  LateRooms.com and CarRentals.com. What this means is that if you booked a hotel with LateRooms.com or a car with CarRentals.com , all you need to do to get the info for those into your WorldMate itinerary is to forward the confirmation email you got to trips@worldmate.com. The booking info will automatically be extracted from the email. We'd even geo-locate the hotel / rental car office so it's easy for you to navigate to them. From there - the information will flow directly into your BlackBerry, iPhone or Windows Mobile phone, where it will be instantly available for you while travelling.


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Learn more about how we automatically build itineraries in our article named Email Us Your Travel Plans.

June 03, 2009

WorldMate for iPhone Takes Off- The World’s #1 Mobile Travel App Now Available for iPhone

The day has finally come.  WorldMate is now available for the iPhone and iPod!  We invested a ton of resources making this the biggest launch yet for our company, which is really saying something given our 9 year history.  A big thank you for a job well done to our R&D and Product teams stewarded by Gilad and Jonathan.

 

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WorldMate for iPhone is the culmination of over 100 man years of mobile app development, and we think you'll find it one of the most innovate, robust and rich iPhone apps to date.  It comes in two versions-- WorldMate (free)  and WorldMate Gold ($39.99). 

Each version packs a wealth of functionality: 

 

Service: WorldMate WorldMate Gold
Itinerary Manager
Flight Search
World Clock
World Weather
Currency Converter
Automated Flight Status Updates:  
Ad-free  
Priority Customer Support:  


WorldMate for iPhone features the world-leading WorldMate Itinerary Generator. You can automatically have itineraries created by simply forwarding confirmation emails to trips@worldmate.com. Or you can export information directly from Microsoft Outlook using our Outlook Add-in. Or you can use the www.worldmate.com website to edit your trip, view your trip on the map and more. All this information is directly synchronized with your iPhone so that you have all the details at your fingertips while traveling.

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 Flight status has always been a WorldMate favorite and so we offer it in the iPhone version in partnership with FlightStats.com.  Over 350 airlines are supported.  The free version links out from your itinerary to flightstats.com while the Gold version integrates flight status and automatic updates directly within the app. This means that as soon as you open the app - the status of upcoming flights will be displayed and you'll immediately be alerted of flight delays.

  

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Flight Schedule lookups are also included and we continue to work with OAG to provide schedules for almost every commercial flight worldwide. Many WorldMate members use this feature to search for low cost and regional airlines’ flights into certain cities.  You often won’t get such details from Kayak or a major travel agency such as Expedia.  Check it out before booking your next flight; it could save you a lot of time and money. And if you're stuck somewhere cause your flight was cancelled or you missed a connection - one click on Alternative Flights in your itinerary will help you figure out what your alternatives are - so by the time you speak to the airline / agent, you know what they can do for you.

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And for something completely new, check out the brilliant weather graphics on the summary screen.   WorldMate serves up a multitude of images depending on the current conditions.  No more tiny weather icons.  Now you can almost ‘feel’ the weather with a quick glance.

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And if that's not enough - WorldMate for iPhone includes a Currency Converter with automatic exchange rate updates, a world clock that updates automatically when you land, and more!

 

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For the hard core WorldMate fans, you will notice that we are including advertising in the free version.  This is a first for WorldMate and makes it possible to provide extra services such as complimentary Flight Schedules.   Of course, for those of you who prefer to avoid the ads, there is WorldMate Gold, which includes customer support and the aforementioned automated flight status updates. 

 We are thrilled with our first foray into iPhone but we’re by no means resting on our laurels.  Gilad’s and Jonathan’s teams are already hard at work on a future iteration that will take advantage of all the great things you can do with iPhone 3.0.  Try WorldMate for iPhone today  and follow our progress through our free series of updates. We promise at least two significant upgrades  before the end of summer, with services never before seen on an iPhone.

 

We are working on the next version - so let us know what else you want by commenting here. And if you like WorldMate and want to see us grow it further - please tell as many people as possible about it by sharing this post with your friends and colleagues!

... your Mates at WorldMate

 

 

May 28, 2009

WorldMate Itinerary Generator Update: Just Added Frontier Airlines

Good news!  We've just added support for itineraries booked directly with Frontier Airlines . Frontier Airlines is a low-cost airline headquartered in Denver, Colorado,  that is quite popular with our members in the Rocky Mountains states. Frontier is now offering some very cheap flights around it's hub!

WorldMate users can now forward the confirmation emails they get from Frontier directly to trips@worldmate.com to have the flight info added to their itineraries automatically. And of course we also have flight schedulesflight status and pushed flight alerts for Frontier.
This brings the number of different companies whose emails we support to 99. Guess who'll be the 100th ?

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