Google Assistant wants to make your travels a little smoother this 2019 with the addition of two new features. Soon, you will be able to check in to your flights and book a hotel room with Google Assistant.
Currently, the Assistant allows you to search upcoming flights, get prices, and track your flight status. If you’re flight confirmation is in Gmail, the Assistant will send you a notification on your phone to remind you your check-in is available. Simply say “Hey Google, check in to my flight” to prompt the app to check in for you. You may view your boarding pass in Google Pay or say, “Hey Google, show me my boarding pass.” These features will become available with domestic flights serviced by United Airlines, but other airlines and flights will soon follow.
Once you’ve sorted out your air travel, the next step is to find a place to stay. If you have a hotel in mind, the Assistant can help you book a room through a quick conversation on your phone. You could say, “Hey Google, I’d like to book the Cambria Hotel in New York on January 12th” to view availability, different pricing options and then easily reserve a room using your existing Google Pay credentials.
Google is already working with hotels like Choice Hotels, AccorHotels, and InterContinental Hotels Group to online travel agencies and partners such as Priceline, Expedia, Mirai, and Travelclick to improve this app. For now, the feature is currently available in the U.S. on Android and iOS smartphones, but will soon roll out to other countries as well.