Priceline.com released its latest batch of booking trends data for mobile-equipped travelers using iOS, Android and other mobile devices. Among the key takeaways of its fall 2012 snapshot survey, priceline.com found that almost half of the mobile hotel bookers surveyed had already left home and were on the road when they made their reservations. And free Internet access edged out free breakfast and free parking as the hotel perk most important to mobile-equipped travelers.
The data was compiled from surveys conducted among 200 customers who booked hotel rooms through the Priceline: Hotels, Flights & Rental Cars(sm) app for iOS and Android, and through priceline.com's mobile site. About half of the surveyed customers used priceline.com's new Express Deals(sm) hotel service, while the other half booked their rooms using priceline.com's Tonight Only Deals(sm) service.
The survey found that 43% of the mobile bookers who reserved Tonight-Only Deals hotel rooms were in their cars when they booked their room, while 14% said they booked from a remote wi-fi hotspot. Similarly, 40% of those who booked Express Deals rooms said they were on the road when the bookings were made. "This snapshot demonstrates just how last-minute mobile-equipped travelers can be when it comes to making their hotel reservation decisions," said priceline.com's Travel Ekspert Brian Ek. "Having the priceline.com app on their mobile devices gives them the freedom to focus their pre-trip time on what they're going to see and do, knowing that they can book their room and get a great deal even after they've hit the road."