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Introducing: ¢heapEscape for the iPhone!

March27

Good news, fellow travelrs – we got another iPhone app in the App Store!

cheapEscape, simply put, finds the cheapest flights out of ANY airport. Simply put an airport into the box, and cheapEscape tells you the most affordable airfare from that airport. If you don’t know your airport code, simply start typing the city it’s in, and it will come up!

tl;dr

What is cheapEscape? cheapEscape is an iPhone or iPod Touch app that finds the cheapest airfare out of any given airport. For example, if your local airport is LAX, simply put that airport in and cheapEscape will show you the lowest price airfare out – to any location.

I’m really excited about this app – I think it provides an incredibly valuable resource for impulse travelers. I may be alone here, but I’ve felt on numerous occasions that I would like to just jump on a plane to someplace without going broke — cheapEscape makes it easy! So without further ado, the tour! The initial screen just has the logo for cheapEscape, as well as the logos for techTravelr and inZania.

cheapEscape Splash Screen

cheapEscape Splash Screen

Waiting a few seconds brings us to the home page. This page gives you information about the app and how it works:

cheapEscape Home Page

cheapEscape Home Page

Clicking on the black input box allows you to select the airport you will be flying out of. One of my favorite features is similar to what he have in our Airfare app – the auto-suggest airport feature. Simply type in the first couple of characters, and a nice box pops up suggesting an airport. You can type either city name or airport code (e.g. ‘Dallas’ or ‘DF’) to bring it up. This is way nicer than having to go through a separate page to find your airport.

cheapEscape Airport Selector

cheapEscape Airport Selector

After you select your airport, a list of locations comes up with the lowest-price fare in the button.

cheapEscape Locations

cheapEscape Locations

After selecting one of those locations, you are brought to another results listing, this time showing all the results (sorted by price) for whichever location you chose.

cheapEscape Results

cheapEscape Results

Simply select the one you are after, and a nice dialog pops up, which prompts you to select either emailing the link to someone (so you can open it with your computer for booking purposes) or to open it with mobile safari on the iPhone.

cheapEscape Options

cheapEscape Options

Selecting the email option allows you to add your (or someone elses) email, who will then receive a very nicely formatted HTML (if the client supports it) or text (if the client doesn’t support HTML) email with the link.

So that’s it – please feel free to ask any questions you may have in the comments, or if you have a feature suggestion or something, just shout it out!

6 Comments to

“Introducing: ¢heapEscape for the iPhone!”

  1. On March 28th, 2009 at 5:27 am Santiago Says:

    I have iphone 2.2- I purchased cheapescpae and airfare from itunes. I receive a error with search airports like

    “<mega name=”verify … oon travel”

    can you help me?

  2. On March 28th, 2009 at 7:08 am techTravelr Says:

    Yea, I noticed this 2 days ago, and I’ve pushed an update already, but it’ll be a few days before Apple gets to it. For now, you can use http://bit.ly/ieUPJ – it lists them all.
    It’s always a huge bummer when a bug crops up right when you release an app, but I appreciate your patience.
    Let me know if you have any other questions!

  3. On April 13th, 2009 at 3:39 pm Marcio Bern Says:

    Hi,

    Is it possible to download Cheap Escape and ICrusie from a brazilian appstore?

    I was looking for and i didnt found…

    Can i download from a different source?

  4. On April 24th, 2009 at 10:53 pm techTravelr Says:

    All of our apps are (or rather, should be) in every store… let me know if you still aren’t able to find them.

  5. On June 23rd, 2009 at 5:56 am shawn Says:

    What is the big diferance between cheap escape and Airfare?

    Thanks

    v/r

    Shawn

  6. On June 23rd, 2009 at 7:39 am techTravelr Says:

    cheapEscape is a tool for finding the cheapest flights out of any given airport. So if you put in LAX, it will tell you that the cheapest flight out is going to Las Vegas for $99, or so.

    Airfare is a tool for putting in both the departure and arrival airports, and finding the cheapest flights using that itinerary.

    Hope that clears things up!

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