The online booking site for lodging analyzed responses from 9,200 travelers in 31 countries. Here are some of Hotels.com’s findings on how we use our mobile devices.
• Take more trips. Almost a third of respondents felt they booked more trips because of their mobile devices. Forty-two percent of people regularly book hotel stays on a mobile device and 49% of 30- to 39-year-olds do.
• Book where it is convenient. Twenty-seven percent of respondents booked a hotel while in bed with their partner, 14% took time to book while at the office, 10% made reservations while on public transport, 9% reserved when in front of a hotel, and 11% clinched the deal while sitting on the toilet.
• Be spontaneous. More than 45% of Americans said their smartphone makes them more spontaneous when traveling. US travelers seem more spontaneous than others as 53% booked a hotel on the same day as their stay versus 42% of people globally.
• Price, reviews, and payment method important. Half of respondents listed getting the best value as the prime booking element; 48% felt genuine guest reviews to be most important; 44% listed detailed hotel information; and 36% listed the payment method.
Top 5 Uses for Mobile when Americans Travel
1. Comparing deals, 53%
2. Using maps to get around, 51%
3. Checking weather, 46%
4. Taking pictures, 45%
5. Accessing social media, 44%
Most Popular Apps when Traveling
1. Social media, 66%
2. Messaging, 50%
3. Mapping, 43%
4. Travel, 39%
5. Music and entertainment, 32%
Do you think your phone makes you more spontaneous? Have you ever booked a hotel for the same day using your smartphone? Comment below or connect with me on Twitter, @familyitrips! And check out Hotels.com’s infographic below.
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