After the success of its Android app, Goibibo.com has launched its iOS app. The OTA, though a bit late to enter the iOS ecosystem, has done a sleek job in designing the app. The app only facilitates domestic and international flight bookings for now, so that is one limitation. But I guess they will soon integrate other services like hotel bookings, bus bookings too.
The landing page of the app will allow you to feed in your flight preferences – arrival, departure, travel type, etc. I think this is pretty cool as the app gives you directly what you want without you having to unnecessarily navigate through a promotional landing page.
After typing in your to and fro destination, the options page opens up. Now, this one is very neatly categorised and organised too. You can see the list of all flights flying to Delhi (the ‘to’ destination I chose) with respect to their departure time, cost and airline. Moreover, you can sort out the listings on basis of price, departure, duration and even see a +/- 3 days option so as to get the best price.
A gentle tap on a particular flight and you will get to see the basic flight details. A swipe from right to left will take you on the listings page of your return flight; again, very sleek.
After you’ve selected your flights, confirmation and payment is hassle-free and easy to navigate through too. The app facilitates the storage of your credit card information too, allowing for ‘seamless travel bookings’. No matter how secure any app would claim itself to be, I am a bit weary of a third party services storing my credit card information.
Speaking on the launch of the app and what it means for Goibibo.com on a broader scale, Ashish Kashyap, Group CEO, ibiboGroup says,
“We are extremely focussed towards mobile development across our businesses. For Goibibo business, we are already witnessing 10% of our transactions via Android and HTML 5 APPS. I am confident that within 24 months mobile transactions will surpass desktop/PC/Laptop.”
All in all, I think this a very well designed and thought out application. If you do book flights often, you must download it.
App Download | Goibibo for iOS