Kiwi online travel booking firm Serko has launched Serko Mobile; the first purpose-built mobile app allowing business travellers to make real-time changes to their travel plans using their mobile devices while still adhering to their companies’ travel policies.
At present, existing travel apps allow users to see their itineraries, while airline apps enable the traveller to make flight changes, but only if the booking has been made directly with them.
Serko mobile is positioning itself differently however, because travellers can change their flights on multiple airlines, and change their hotels booked through Serko Online, all on the one app and all within the environment of their company’s Managed Travel Policy.
"Serko Mobile is unique because it puts the precise information a traveller needs into their hands, exactly when they need it," says Darrin Grafton, CEO, Serko.
"It even tells them when they need to leave to make it to the airport in time.
"It’s like having a Travel Agent, a PA, and a Tour Guide in your pocket – everything business travellers need to make travelling easier, so they can focus on what really matters.
"The ability for a business traveller to make changes to flights, while in a meeting, without having to talk to anyone, is really powerful and differentiates Serko Mobile from all the other travel apps out there.
"This feature alone, will transform the way business travel is managed by enabling the traveller to be more flexible and productive, and reducing managed travel costs for businesses.”
Grafton says Serko Mobile is available for download from the Apple App Store and Google Play immediately with a Windows Phone version coming soon.
The app is free to download and will be free to use until May 2015 at which point certain features of the app will become chargeable.