Sabre reports that its travel management app, TripCase, will be available on the Apple Watch, which is being released today (April 24, 2015).
The newest version of TripCase allows Apple Watch users to access their most relevant, time-sensitive trip information — including the ability to receive real-time flight alerts at a glance of their wrist.
Tom Klein, Sabre president and CEO, said: “Sabre is a global leader in developing travel services across the emerging spectrum of wearable technology, preparing for the dramatic impact wearables will have on the way consumers shop for and experience travel.”
Klein pointed out that: “Sabre has long been a leader in bringing mobile technology to travel suppliers and buyers, including our Sabre Red Mobile Workspace for travel agents, mobile check-in and traveler notification services for airlines, and a full suite of digital marketing and mobile solutions for hotels. Now with TripCase on the Apple Watch, travel suppliers and buyers can rely on Sabre to help them serve travelers through this new device.”
Along with real-time flight alerts, travellers can access flight and hotel details from the Apple Watch including flight status and gate number as well as hotel address, phone number and confirmation code. With a quick tap of a button on the Apple Watch, TripCase users can easily save great restaurants, shops or activities they find along their journey. Additionally, travelers can access maps and directions for each activity in a trip as well as view the local time for any destination.
John Samuel, senior vice president of TripCase, said that: “TripCase is a perfect fit for the Apple Watch because of the time sensitive and glanceable information we provide. Millions of travellers rely on TripCase every day for real-time, accurate updates to their trips. Now with the Apple Watch, we can make travel even easier as travelers receive these messages on their wrist.”
An analysis of the more than 30 million trips TripCase managed in 2014 shows that 70% of trips with air segments experienced a flight change within 72 hours of departure. Of these, 69% were schedule changes or delays, 29% were gate changes and 2% were flight cancellations.
“This analysis underscores the importance of the real-time updates that TripCase provides and shows how wearable technology will take the concept of real-time traveler interactions to another level. The integration of travel services with wearable technology will drive more relevant and frequent touch points with the traveler and TripCase is leading the way.”
TripCase began integrating with wearable technologies, including popular devices such as the Pebble and Android Wear, in 2014 with enhancements that allowed users to receive important trip notifications directly on their smartwatch. TripCase was the first travel management app to send rich notifications to the new Samsung Gear S.
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