Hipmunk, the trendy Y Combinator travel startup that simplifies the flight search process, is out with an iOS application for iPhone, iPod touch and iPad .
The Hipmunk mobile application iTunes link experience is the perfect complement to the web experience and allows for fast sorting and filtering of flights. The app includes Hipmunk’s characteristic “Agony” filter for automatically sorting flights by a combination of annoyance factors — stops and travel duration, for instance.
“Like any good iPhone app, Hipmunk does its best to be fun,” says developer Danilo Campos. “You can zoom and scale your search results just like the Maps and Photos apps.”
Booking flights through the Hipmunk application has its pros and cons. Should you find a suitable flight, you can buy the ticket through a third-party vendor like Orbitz on your mobile phone, but it’s not an in-app experience.
One nice convenience, however, is that should you wish to abort the mobile booking process and book online instead, Hipmunk essentially bookmarks the saved flight for you. You can then visit Hipmunk’s website and enter a secret word to continue booking the flight online.
The newly released application offers travelers a more convenient alternative to flight search via mobile devices, and it’s the product of Campos’s passion for great user experience design.
Campos gives a “damn” about user experience design; he penned a blog post back in October commending the Hipmunk team for a job well done in that department. Campos’s impassioned stance on design caught the attention of Hipmunk co-founder Adam Goldstein and landed him a full-time position with the startup, where his first order of duty was to build the iPhone application.
Hipmunk is still a very young startup, but it’s managed to raise more than $5 million in back-to-back seed and Series A funding rounds. The mobile app will likely help the startup reach a larger, more mainstream audience, and allow it to find its footing amongst more traditional flight search tools.
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