Planning the perfect vacation can be a daunting task. With so many options to choose from and countless details to consider, it’s easy to get overwhelmed. But what if you had a personal travel advisor who could help you plan every aspect of your trip, from flights and accommodations to activities and dining? That’s where Journey Genius comes in. Powered by ChatGPT, Journey Genius is a revolutionary new service that can unlock the secrets to your perfect vacation. In this blog, we’ll explore how Journey Genius works and why it’s the ultimate travel companion.
OpenAI’s ChatGPT has made significant strides towards revolutionizing the travel industry. Recently, the company shared that it has gradually rolled out ChatGPT plugins to major travel booking sites Expedia and Kayak, as well as non-travel related sites such as Instacart, Klarna, and OpenTable. These plugins enable users to talk to ChatGPT about travel information gleaned from their respective sites, allowing them to plan all aspects of their trip, including flights, hotels, car rentals, and activities.
ChatGPT plugins work within the existing ChatGPT platform and users can simply type in natural language queries to receive personalized recommendations based on their search criteria and the historical travel data of the booking sites. Expedia Group, which owns Hotels.com, VRBO, Travelocity, Hotwire, and Orbitz, and Kayak plugins will initially be available only to ChatGPT Plus users, but OpenAI has said that they will gradually roll out wider access “over time.”
The ChatGPT plugin announcement by OpenAI has laid out a blueprint for the future of travel. In recent times, travel companies have adopted new technologies to adapt to the new ways people operate since the pandemic started. This includes biometric security screening in airports, contactless check-in at hotels, and making online booking easier and more convenient. For travel booking sites like Expedia and Kayak, integrating a conversational AI tool that helps people navigate the often stressful and tedious task of planning a trip is a natural fit.
Travel aggregators may have lacked the personal touch and attentive customer service that local, independent travel agencies used to offer. However, now, ChatGPT acting as a personal assistant can fill that role. OpenAI will use these plugins to “study their real-world use, impact, and safety and alignment challenges” and explore ChatGPT’s use cases. The future looks bright with ChatGPT plugins being incorporated into various aspects of our lives, including the travel industry, and providing a personalized touch that could change the way we plan our next vacation.