A new version of Sabre’s TripCase business travel app is being made available for the Apple Watch today, on the day of its release for sale.
The app includes the ability for users to receive real-time flight alerts at a glance of their wrist. Travellers can also access flight and hotel details from the Apple Watch.
Information available includes flight status and gate number, as well as hotel address, phone number and confirmation code.
TripCase users can ‘save’ restaurants, shops or activities they find along their journey with a tap of a button on the Apple Watch, as well as accessing maps and directions.
John Samuel, senior vice president of TripCase, said: “Millions of travellers rely on TripCase every day for real-time, accurate updates to their trips. Now with the Apple Watch, we can make travel even easier as travellers receive these messages on their wrist.”
Analysis of more than 30 million trips TripCase managed last year revealed that 70% of trips with air segments experienced a flight change within 72 hours of departure. Of these, 69% were schedule changes or delays, 29% were gate changes and two per cent were flight cancellations.
“This analysis underscores the importance of the real-time updates that TripCase provides and shows how wearable technology will take the concept of real-time traveller interactions to another level,” said Samuel.
“The integration of travel services with wearable technology will drive more relevant and frequent touch points with the traveller and TripCase is leading the way.”
Tom Klein, president and chief executive of Sabre, said: “Sabre has long been a leader in bringing mobile technology to travel suppliers and buyers, including our Sabre Red Mobile Workspace for travel agents, mobile check-in and traveller notification services for airlines, and a full suite of digital marketing and mobile solutions for hotels.
“Now with TripCase on the Apple Watch, travel suppliers and buyers can rely on Sabre to help them serve travellers through this new device.”