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New Airport Social App Aims to Help Traveling and Socially Predisposed Millennials Connect

ExpertFlyer Hot Topics — Where the Rubber Meets the Runway

According to a 2015 study of Millennial and Gen X travel habits by Hipmunk, 53% of Millennial and 37% of Gen X travelers are looking to socially connect with fellow passengers.

Ment airport social appMent, a new airport-based social app, is jumping on this opportunity by connecting like-minded travelers in real-time, and thereby, changing the airport experience for young travelers.

Millennials are just five years shy of entering their peak traveling, earning and spending years, yet airports haven’t prepared for the onslaught, according to the Boston Consulting Group. By 2025, Millennials will make up 75% of the workforce, says a 2014 study by Deloitte. Hotels and travel companies are shifting their mentality to capture this emerging generation by creating social lobbies, valued-added amenities and free wifi throughout their properties.

“Airports weren’t designed with people in mind, we were a second thought,” said Rebecca Lima, CEO & Founder of Ment. “I’ve spent countless hours in airports, probably more time than I do at home and I’ve seen how people get through those frequently intolerable airport stays. We are conditioned to socially disconnect from everything and that never sat well with me. That’s why I created Ment: to connect people back to people.”

Millennials are naturally hyper connected and interested in socially connecting to people they are drawn to. Ment offers that unique experience that the younger generation craves. “There is something magical about meeting people while traveling without underlying romantic innuendos that other apps project,” said Lima.

Ment is incredibly easy to use. The user checks in to their departure or layover at the airport and the app takes care of the rest. The app displays a live feed of other Ment users in your airport. Once the user has found someone they’re interested in connecting with, they can chat via the app. Within a matter of minutes, Ment users can connect and meet up.

Launching in early July for iPhone, Lima hopes that Ment will change the status quo of airports. Her goal with Ment is to make air travel social. “My vision is that one day people will actually enjoy their airport experience because of Ment.”

“Best Travel Website” makes planning a trip incredibly easy

TripCreator.com, named the best travel website by the Web Marketing Association, is a travel planner that makes organizing a trip incredibly easy.

TripCreator.com CEO, Hilmar Halldorsson, talks with ExpertFlyer about his company and its knack for creating the perfect itinerary.

Using complex algorithms, the site suggests a whole itinerary for the user that includes accommodations, activities, places to see and transportation.

When generating an itinerary TripCreator checks all items for availability, distance between items and hundreds of other factors so that the itinerary makes perfect sense and is ready to be booked. The user can edit his plan to perfection using an intuitive user interface and when ready he can book every item in the plan in a single checkout.

Don’t know where to go on your next vacation? No problem – Let Flykt.com decide for you

ExpertFlyer Hot Topics — Where the Rubber Meets the Runway

ExpertFlyer chats with Ricardo Camarinha, CEO and founding partner of Flykt.com, a new travel site that’s aiming to compete with Expedia and Priceline with an algorithm that turns destination search on its head.  

Biometrics Technology Promises to End Long Lines at the Airport and Increase Personalization

This month’s One-on-One features an interview with Joey Pritikin,VP of Marketing and Product Management at Tascent, a leading maker of biometrics technology. Pritikin discusses the company’s recently published whitepaper, “A New Golden Age for Air Travel,” which, in part, details how iris recognition and other biometrics can expedite security checkpoints and make flying an enjoyable and personalized experience again.

Tascent recently published a white paper that explores the potential of biometrics technology as a way for the airline industry to make air travel enjoyable again. What exactly is biometrics technology?
Biometrics is the use of unique human characteristics to establish and verify individual identity. Typical biometric modalities include fingerprint, face, voice, and iris recognition, each of which has its own benefits. As consumers, with the introduction of Touch ID on the iPhone and a variety of other emerging technologies, we are becoming familiar with the way biometrics can provide enhanced convenience for access control or mCommerce. We see this as a watershed moment for the biometrics industry, to be followed by increasing use of varying biometric modalities in ways that increase efficiency, personalization, and security. Tascent, with many of our industry peers, sees iris recognition in particular as an ideal biometric for many applications as it is very fast, accurate, stable, and non-invasive. When implemented in the right way, it can also be very intuitive and well suited to a wide variety of commercial applications. Continue reading →

Reverse auction site for vacation rentals shakes up sharing economy

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The home share and peer to peer vacation rental market has risen to mainstream stature as of late. Now there’s a new option, Tansler.com. The site promises to disrupt the vacation rental market by simplifying the booking process and trimming inefficiency by allowing renters to bid for properties that they like at a price they can afford.

Watch our interview with Tansler CEO, Jeremy Bernard, to learn more about the company and how the process works to benefit both hosts and guests.