While the fashion industry is still trying to figure out how to make Pinterest profitable by being more shoppable, the travel industry seems to have gotten the general idea of pinning on lockdown. A new program, Pintrips, uses the concept of pinning as a springboard for planning and assessing myriad travel possibilities.
The cross platform travel tool (which you have to download, but is free) allows travelers to “pin” potential flights, from any site, and share them publicly or privately – Pintrips will automatically update prices and availability as they change, so you never have to re-check information. This way, consumers can compare deals, itineraries, and choices, with varying flight times and prices, for multiple destinations at once. Using the private pinboard feature lets you plan on your own; the public option makes it easy for a group traveling together to sort out dates, destinations, and prices.
Airlines with which Pintrips’ tool is currently compatible include American, Delta, JetBlue, Southwest, United, US Air, and Virgin America, along with search sites Google, Expedia, Kayak, and Orbitz. More options in both categories are on the way. While we don’t mind having to, say, keep track of general pricing, being able to use one tool to compare options in a variety of permutations — multiple flight times, prices, and availability for more than one destination at a time — will be super useful for planning our summer getaway.