First, I want to show you the screenshot of my new phone: Xiaomi redmi 2. At 6K INR this is a wonderful phone — I love it! 🙂 This post is about the Cleartrip Android app for bus, train, flight, and hotel bookings in India which I tested on my phone.
I went to the Google Play store and downloaded the Cleartrip app for free. It’s lightweight, doesn’t take up much space on your device. On my phone, I have a 1 GB RAM and it worked pretty fast, without any lag. When I opened the app, I got an orange screen with a tick mark (Cleartrip logo) and then the welcome screen as shown above. As you can see, there are various options like Flights, Hotels, Weekend getaways, Trains & Buses, and you can choose the appropriate option, based on your requirement. I tried all of them.
One thing I loved about this app is: It’s a single window system for most travel booking necessities. It’s even integrated with our IRCTC Railway gateway and I checked the list of trains from Bangalore to Chennai on Sunday. If I click on a particular train, I can see the availability of tickets for that day and two days afterwards. As simple as that! I guess I will use this app to quickly check the train availability from now on. If I integrate my IRCTC account with this app (which I can), I can even book train tickets from within the app. I like that.
Then I checked the flight prices from Chennai to Mumbai during December. I have previously checked for deals in the same dates from some other websites, and the best I got was something around Rs. 4000. On Cleartrip, I am getting a flight for Rs. 2374! I think it’s a very good deal. Considering, the minimum journey time on train is 26 hours. I was thinking of booking on a train, but now I am tempted to change my mind.
In the weekend getaways section, they have listed hotels/resorts around Chennai and nearby cities, but the pricing for all these properties (per day) is Rs. 2,966/-. Initially, I thought this section will offer guided tours, but it only features hotels, that too at a single price point. I don’t understand this concept. If I want to book hotels, I might as well book it from the Hotels category. What’s special about this? I think they should mention what’s special about this section, somewhere within the app.
So guys, if you are planning to travel/take a trip in the near future, why not download and try the Cleartrip app from Google Play store? I found some great deals, esp. for hotels and flights — you might, as well.