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TripAdvisor Takes Off with New SeatGuru iPhone App

Frequent flyers love their iPhones, which make perfect travel companions thanks to a wide variety of apps to make life on the go less hostile. Now they’ll have one more reason to love Apple’s handset, with the arrival of SeatGuru and its more than 700 detailed seat recommendations.


TripAdvisor LLC has announced the free SeatGuru app for the iPhone, bringing the company’s ultimate guide to air travel into the palm of your hand. In addition to an extensive collection of color-coded airplane seat maps with more than 700 detail seat recommendations covering nearly 100 airlines, the app also provides users with helpful travel tools by integrating with the TripAdvisor flight search engine.


“We’re excited to put the power of SeatGuru’s flier-backed seat maps and recommendations in the hands of iPhone users,” said Jami Counter, senior director of SeatGuru. “Our free app gives travelers the peace of mind that they’ve found the best airplane seat at the lowest price, in an easy-to-navigate display to help make the air travel experience less stressful.”


SeatGuru offers color-coded seat maps backed by more than 45,000 reviews from fliers who have used them, plus a search engine powered by TripAdvisor Flights. Search for the lowest airfares across online travel agencies, discount airfare consolidators, major airlines and low-cost carriers so you’ll always find the right flight at the best price.


Last but not least, SeatGuru also offers real-time flight alerts supplied by FlightAware -- now weary travelers will get a heads-up if their next flight is delayed or canceled, and notifications can also be sent to family and friends so they can stay updated on flight arrival times.


SeatGuru is a free 0.4MB download from the App Store, compatible with the iPhone 3GS or higher, third-generation iPod touch or higher or iPad (though it’s not a universal app) running iOS 4.3 or later.