Best New Mashups: Travel Search Mashups Using HotelsCombined and Twitter

As spring kicks into full gear and brings better weather, we can start thinking of excuses to get away for a quick vacation. The process of finding a place to visit, searching for a hotel and a reasonably priced flight however can be a painful one to many. Luckily, the ProgrammableWeb directory has a number of mashups that specialize in helping users with their travel searching. This week we'll take a look at several of the newest, many of them using the HotelsCombined API.

Hipmunk - Hipmunk pulls flight listings from all major airlines and provides useful tools for evaluating each flight based on unique metrics. APIs used include: HotelsCombined. More at our Hipmunk profile.

Room77 - Room 77 is a powerful hotel search engine. It searches more hotel sites than anyone else, so you always get the best deals. APIs used include: HotelsCombined. More at our Room77 profile.

Directrooms - Directrooms is an application that helps users find the best prices for hotels. The application compares over 112,000 hotels and aggregates the best results. APIs used include: HotelsCombined. More at our Directrooms profile.

explore travellr - Explore travellr is a mashup that searches content from Flickr, Google Maps, and YouTube, and displays useful posts filtered by city, state, or activity. Type New York City and see what comes up, or maybe try searching for skiing in japan. APIs used include: YouTube, Twitter, GoogleMaps, Flickr. More at our explore travellr profile.

Be sure to read the next Mashups article: Best New Mashups: April Roundup Featuring Foursquare, Google Maps and Amazon