Thanks to this age of instant gratification, pretty much anything can be done via computers and smartphones when it comes to booking travel. Some sites and apps allow you to go even further — with the Conrad Concierge app, users can make dinner reservations, request housekeeping and even check in and check out of their hotel stay with the touch of a button. Hipmunk.com allows users to find the best airfare according to routes with the least “agony” involved. And the next big thing? Sivi.com.
Not to be confused with Apple’s Siri, Sivi.com takes concierge to a brand-new level. Users can type in a question on the site, and within minutes, a real hotel-based concierge will respond with answers delivered via text or email. While there is a fee ($5 for first question, $4 thereafter for up to 10 questions, $3 for 20), a virtual concierge is an asset for those who need answers on the fly.
A few recent questions asked:
“I’m in Florence on my way to The Mall outlet via BusItalia SITA bus. Does the bus stop at the Prada Outlet?”
“When in the next 3 weeks is the best time to book a flight from San Jose, Ca, to Las Vegas, NV?”
It takes all the grunt work out of Google. Also, did we mention an actual person promptly writes you back with their answers? What are you waiting for? Sivi away!
- Jimmy Im
Jimmy Im is NYC-based travel writer, TV host and instructor, as well as the cofounder of OutEscapes.com.