United Airlines is using interactive maps powered by Google to help travelers in short supply find destinations that fit into the coronavirus era.
The map, released Wednesday on the United website, allows travelers to enter the best of what they want to spend on a ticket and filter airports based on their activities or descriptions: beaches, beer and breweries, culture, food and Drinking, hiking, national parks, outdoor, romantic, skiing and snowboarding as well as snorkeling and diving.
For example, a search for a return trip from Newark, New Jersey in the first week of November with a taste for national parks and hiking found a flight to Denver worth $ 117, a flight to Las Vegas worth $ 97, and a flight to Portland in US state of Oregon valued at $ 207. all in basic economics, among other goals.
Air travel demand stayed at less than a third of the same level a year ago, and airlines are trying to find ways to encourage travelers to book. Executives have found travelers wait much longer to book than last year, due to the great uncertainty surrounding the virus, as well as work, school and childcare.
United's new booking tool, which uses Google's flight search engine, allows travelers to search even flights without set dates.
"Where there used to be more people looking for flights to specific destinations on specific dates, we see that travelers are now often more open to the destinations they want to visit," United spokeswoman Christine Salamone said in an email. "They know they'd like to escape, but they're not exactly sure where they're going."
United executives and other airlines have indicated that they have seen relatively good demand for destinations that allow travelers to physically move away, such as: B. near national parks and other outdoor activities.
Earlier this month, United posted a map on its website listing state travel restrictions and is considering extending them to international destinations, many of which remain banned for US travelers.