NORWALK, Conn., April 22, 2013…They’re younger than their desktop brethren, and many of them don’t want to be tethered to pre-set, round-trip flight itineraries. That’s what priceline.com (Nasdaq: PCLN) found in its latest study of airline ticket booking trends among travelers equipped with iOS, Android and other mobile devices.
The airline tickets data is similar to what priceline.com saw in earlier studies of hotel reservation trends and paints a picture of a mobile device-equipped consumer whose travel booking practices and preferences are very different from travelers who plan their trips using desktop computers and laptops.
“Mobile-equipped consumers are what we call ‘untethered’ travelers,” said priceline.com’s Travel Ekspert Brian Ek. “They like to create their travel experiences on the fly, rather than stick to itineraries planned far in advance. Hotels are typically chosen closer to check-in day (even on the same day), and many bookings are made while on the road or after arrival in town. Mobile-equipped travelers tend to book their airline tickets a bit closer-in than desktop users. And the choice of one-way tickets allows mobile travelers to adjust their length of stay and even return from a different city.”
Priceline.com’s study of airline ticket booking activity among mobile-equipped travelers found that:
- Mobile air bookers averaged 32 years of age, or six years younger than the average desktop air booker
- Almost half of mobile air bookers booked one-way tickets, and mobile air bookers paid less for their tickets (average $283) compared to desktop users (average $315).
Priceline.com’s data is based on a sampling of mobile bookings made earlier this year after the Priceline app added the ability to book round-trip and one-way domestic and international airline tickets. The Priceline app is optimized for the iPhone5. The app can be downloaded for free from the iTunes store.
Priceline.com also offers a version of the app for Android that can be downloaded for free from the Android market. Travelers with other devices can access priceline.com’s mobile-friendly website at m.priceline.com.
Priceline.com, part of The Priceline Group [NASDAQ: PCLN], gives leisure travelers multiple ways to save on their airline tickets, hotel rooms, rental cars, vacation packages and cruises. In addition to getting compelling published prices, travelers can take advantage of priceline.com’s famous Name Your Own Price® service, which can deliver the lowest prices available, or the recently added Express Deals®, where travelers can take advantage of hotel discounts without bidding.
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