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18 December 2014 08:57
More people are searching and booking flights on the go with tablets and smartphones
Have you ever booked a holiday while you're supposed to be working? If so you're not alone.
1 in 5 people have searched for flights from the office, according to a poll from Skyscanner.
Aside from the office, the pub also proves a popular location for planning a holiday, with experts citing the rise of tablets, smartphones and holiday apps for this trend for on-the-go booking.
Mobile flight searches soaring
Statistics show a 152% increase in Skyscanner flight searches made on mobile devices in the past 12 months - with tablets and smartphones each accounting for a fifth of overall bookings. But despite this mobile revolution, laptops and desktop PC are still the most popular devices for booking a break.
Where else are people booking? Top 5
1. At work (20%)
2. In the pub (12%)
3. While out for dinner (10%)
4. At the in-laws' house (8%)
5. During train journeys (7%)
There is no doubt the industry is seeing a shift towards use of mobile devices for flight searches and bookings, Skyscanner says.
Its smartphone searches and bookings have risen by 88% and 79% respectively in the last year, while tablet searches and booking have increased by 31% and 40%.
Booking a holiday is a good way of staving off the Monday gloom, so it's perhaps unsurprising that the first day of the week is the most popular when it comes to booking a break - with an average peak time of 1pm across all devices.
The 1pm time corresponds with many folks' lunch hours, but when tablets and smartphones are looked at alone the peak time is much later - 9pm, when people have gone home and are chilling on the sofa. Tablets are also a great tool for arranging travel insurance.
The Skyscanner app sees more downloads in January than any other month, the time of year when people start to think about booking their summer holidays and also after they have received the latest handheld gadgets for Christmas.
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