Hotel search site links to Facebook

By Jeri Clausing

The newest hotel search site has launched, claiming to be the the first site to be fully integrated with Facebook.

Hotelicopter, an upgraded and renamed version of, searches 30 travel sites in real time, aggregating hotel room rates, availability, photos and video. It also links users to TripAdvisor reviews.

"The typical traveler visits seven or eight sites before booking a hotel, because experience shows they cannot consistently rely on one site to offer the best prices or availability for every hotel, trip, or travel date," said Hotelicopter CEO Adam Healey. "By contrast, Hotelicopter’s comparison-pricing model gives travelers confidence they’re getting the best possible deal without all that time-consuming research."

With access to more than 65 travel partners and 150,000 hotels, Hotelicopter claims to offer the largest inventory of hotel information online. After finding which travel site has the lowest available rate, Hotelicopter takes travelers directly to that site’s checkout page to complete their transaction.

Hotelicopter also says it is the first major travel site to integrate Facebook Connect. Users can create a personal account on Hotelicopter and link to their Facebook profile by simply entering their Facebook credentials, making it easier to share travel information with their network.

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