iXiGO, the online travel meta search engine, has launched a natural language flight search tool for Facebook and Twitter. According to the company, the tool will allow Facebook and Twitter users to post a flight request on iXiGO Search’s wall or send a message to its twitter handle and receive details on the cheapest flight fare within a few minutes.
As per iXiGO, users can directly post a query on iXiGO’s Facebook page or make a twitter mention to @iXiGOsearch with the query. iXiGO says that it will reply to the user with a comment on his query with details of the cheapest flight found across multiple travel sites, a link to the relevant iXiGO.com result page where the user can filter the results by time, stops, price and other factors, as well as a direct booking link for booking the cheapest flight on the travel site where it is available.
We tried using the service for searching flights on both Twitter and Facebook and found that the Search engine works well. The results were swift and accurate, however, the Twitter response only included the link to ‘all Search results’. This might be because of the character limitation. Semantic search through social networks eliminates the need for filling up forms on a search engine or on different OTAs. This will make OTA flight search redundant, and might as well affect traffic, since users would look out for the cheapest deal and directly head to the OTA offering it.
Earlier,VC Fund SAIF Partners and Online Travel Agent (OTA) MakeMyTrip had acquired a majority stake of 76.6% for $18.5 million in iXiGO for a total cash consideration of $18.5 million, following which, 56.7% of the company is held by SAIF Partners, and 19.9% by MakeMyTrip.
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