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New travel technology offers fare rebates and points deals

A new iPhone app which tracks discounts on flights and hotels has hit the App Store, promising to offer credits for those who have already booked.

travel Updated: Nov 28, 2011 17:14 IST
AFP

A new iPhone app which tracks discounts on flights and hotels has hit the App Store, promising to offer credits for those who have already booked. 

Yapta, a US-based firm, tracks flight prices constantly to determine when prices fall, much like flight intelligence sites such as AirFareWatchdog.com.

However, the new app, released this week, sends a push notification to handsets when the price of a flight already booked falls, allowing some passengers to claim the difference back.

Although airlines' policies and ticket conditions vary, Yapta says that its solution can help passengers to save even after booking their flight, especially as many consumers are unaware that airlines offer such credits in many cases.

Last week saw the launch of another hotly-tipped travel start-up, the engagingly-named Superfly.

Superfly, which has been in beta for several months and has already made its name in Silicon Valley by participating in TechCrunch events, is a Hipmunk/Kayak-style flight search engine -- with a twist.

By inputting details of their loyalty points, travelers can search for flights that make the most sense when it comes to frequent flyer miles, removing the need to compare manually on each frequent flyer website.

The company reportedly estimates that there are between 17 and 22 trillion unused miles and points floating around travel accounts today across various reward cards, which are easily forgotten about in the airline booking process.

By bringing them into the equation, Superfly believes it can maximize both miles and rewards though its site, which is available at http://www.superfly.com.