With Amazon Echo users can stream their favorite music from apps like Pandora, iHeartRadio and Spotify. In addition, 360 degree omni-directional audio provides a crisp listening experience, and the device’s advance voice control interface powered by Alexa (the cloud-based voice service behind Amazon Echo) is incredibly responsive. Alexa can answer a wide array of questions, read the news, deliver traffic reports, provide weather updates and so much more.
One of the best new features Amazon Echo offers travelers is its ability to seamlessly work with Skyscanner to find and secure the lowest possible rates on airfare… anytime, anywhere. How cool is that?
If an Amazon Echo user wanted to plan a vacation all they’d have to do is ask Alexa to find them a flight. For example, "Alexa: Ask Skyscanner for a flight to Miami on February 20th" — or — "Alexa: Ask Skyscanner for a flight from New York to Los Angeles.” Prompts such as this will trigger Alexa to respond with the cheapest flight options available.
The tech that allows Alexa and Skyscanner to communicate is a custom skill that was carefully pieced together by our development team. Integration is available right now in the U.S. through any device adopting the Alexa platform, including Amazon Echo and the all-new Fire TV.
Back in 2014 Skyscanner published a report on the Future of Travel. In that report a reference was made to a "digital travel buddy" that incorporated the latest voice-and-gesture control technology. The report went on to predict that this travel buddy would be able to analyze the behavioral patterns of its user, recommend vacation options and even make booking a flight automatic. With Skyscanner search through Alexa, the world is one step closer toward witnessing that reality!
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