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Hopper

Hopper is a mobile-only travel-booking platform that uses data analysis and its conversational commerce to serve customers in a different fashion than traditional online travel agents.  

In 2018, Hopper expanded to Europe. The most popular travel region, Hopper's model has become quickly popular. Hopper claims that it completes almost the same rate of transactions and monthly active users as North America. This new market gives Hopper more data to serve customers better. 

In November 2017, the mobile flight-booking platform Hopper hit a milestone: It sent its 2 billionth push notification. Unlike other flight-price-prediction apps that help determine the best and cheapest time to fly, Hopper watches users' searches, then starts a conversation around alternative airports, dates, even destinations that could bring down the price. The result: A full 20% of Hopper’s $500 million in bookings have now come from flights people didn’t even ask for. “Through machine learning, we are able to figure out that you just want to book a weekend getaway,” says founder and CEO Frederic Lalonde, “so the app might suggest a better weekend, or pick Cape Cod over Napa.” The company, which saw downloads increase to 1 million a month in 2017, recently launched Flex Watch, which allows users to track vague travel aspirations (weeklong trips to anywhere in Europe in June, for example), and is expanding into hotel bookings, too. “Very soon,” Lalonde says, “the majority of travel will be determined by AI.”

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Hopper can now send hyper-personalized travel deals to your phone

If you’ve been intending to plan your summer vacation, it’s about to get a lot easier to get a good deal. Hopper, the airfare search engine, will now send seriously discounted deals directly to your phone via push notifications. “Airlines are offering us really discounted fares that are exclusively available in the Hopper app. They … Continue reading “Hopper can now send hyper-personalized travel deals to your phone”

Hopper can now send hyper-personalized travel deals to your phone
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Hopper brings its predictive travel-booking smarts to hotels

Ever since I learned about Hopper, it’s become my go-to app for booking flights. The price predictions, color-coded map, and customized price change notifications make it dangerously addictive, especially for those on-a-whim travel choices. Now it’s about to get even more useful. Today, Hopper is adding support for booking hotels on its platform. Using machine … Continue reading “Hopper brings its predictive travel-booking smarts to hotels”

Hopper brings its predictive travel-booking smarts to hotels
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