With “Hello Hipmunk,” Hipmunk Does Travel Planning Inside Your Email And Calendar

Hipmunk is my favorite travel shopping service for one reason: It has the simplest, most usable, least cluttered interface. But starting today, it’s adding a couple of features that help you start planning for trips without visiting the site or app at all. The company bills Hello Hipmunk as a virtual assistant. I haven’t seen anything like it before, but its conversational approach to artificial intelligence and anticipatory leveraging of your personal data put it into a broad category of services that also includes Siri, Google Now, Microsoft’s Cortana, the X.AI and Clara scheduling tools, and more. If you cc: hello@hipmunk.com on an email discussing travel plans—such as a message to your spouse about an upcoming vacation—it will attempt to figure out where you’re going and when, and then will…


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