Skyscanner launches Savvy Search – its new generative AI travel planning tool

Harnessing the power of AI and its own breadth of flight search (showing over 18 million unique flight routes and searching more than 80 billion prices every day), global travel app Skyscanner has launched its app-exclusive Savvy Search tool.

Powered by Open AI’s Chat GPT technology, travellers can now simply tell Savvy Search what kind of trip is on their mind and the app will find the best spots – from the most common queries like ‘a cheap European city break in October’ to something more specific like ‘a 30th birthday trip with fun nightlife and a great food scene’. The tool will then generate up to three curated destination recommendations.

Following extensive traveller testing and unlike many other AI-inspired travel tools and chatbots, imagery is combined with rich destination descriptions to highlight the unique characteristics of each recommendation. Upon deciding a destination, travellers are taken straight into Skyscanner’s flight search funnel to compare prices and pick their perfect flight.

Piero Sierra, Chief Product Officer at Skyscanner commented, “Skyscanner has been helping wanderlust adventurers with its Everywhere search for the last 17 years – in fact 1 in 2 travellers globally come to Skyscanner without a specific destination in mind. And as reported in Skyscanner’s Travel Trends 2024, we’re now seeing AI being adopted to help in this travel inspiration space.

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Globally, 44% of travellers are using AI to help them plan and research travel, but its use varies a lot depending on the market. 45% of Indian travellers, for example, are already using AI on their phones compared to just 8% in the UK. The next logical step is to use the AI technologies now available to us to help these travellers in the discovery phase of their travel planning journey.”

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