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Amazon Alexa can now help you search for hotels and more

by Todd Haselton | May 10, 2016May 10, 2016 10:40 am PST

Amazon Alexa, the virtual assistant that powers the Amazon Echo, Amazon TV and a variety of other products, can now be used to book travel. Kayak announced a new integration with Alexa on Tuesday that lets users find destinations in their budget, book rentals and even keep track of flights.

“We are helping to make Alexa a travel expert and in doing so, shaping the future of travel, which will seamlessly integrate voice, chat and new ways to plan and manage a trip. This is just the beginning,” Kayak CTO Giorgos Zacharia said. Like all third-party applications, you’ll first need to open up the Amazon Alexa application and activate the Kayak extension. Once that’s done, you’ll be able to ask Alexa a variety of travel-related questions.

Kayak said users, for example, can ask “Where can I go for $300?” or search for flights and hotels in specific destinations using a query like “Alexa, ask Kayak to search for hotels in New York City.” The actual booking will require using the Kayak app, but this new integration offers a fun way to track travel or brainstorm a trip all from the comfort of your couch.

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Todd Haselton

Todd Haselton has been writing professionally since 2006 during his undergraduate days at Lehigh University. He started out as an intern with...

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