It’s easier than ever to book flights and hotel rooms online. But for travelers on a budget, deciding where to go and when to go there is a surprisingly passive experience. You can sign up for deal alerts from your favorite airline or travel site, but hitting the travel trifecta–(1) a destination you want to visit (2) at a price you can’t refuse (3) at a time that fits your schedule–is a serious long shot.
A new suite of data-visualization tools from Orbitz Labs could flip this frustrating scenario on its head. Using data from years of flight- and hotel-booking patterns, the single-purpose research apps help you optimize your getaways. They’re unique, useful tools for making long-term travel arrangements–or just playing around with the various data-slicing options.
The launch lineup offers tools that let you discover the cheapest times to book hotel rooms, find personalized picks based on your favorite hotels, and get general hotel recommendations based on your personality or travel details.