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Launchtrip Unveils First Travel Platform Designed For Group Trips

Launchtrip users can now book an entire trip from hotel accommodations to restaurants and split payments – all within one easy to use app.

Launchtrip removes the roadblocks historically associated with group-travel by allowing users to plan and book travel based on destination city or event, and the ability to divide costs and pay separately, taking the awkwardness out of invites and chasing down money all within the native platform’s ecosystem.

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Launchtrip is the first application to address a longstanding challenge for consumers and the hospitality industry: the need to facilitate group bookings in one application including payment processing and soon, with an industry first: fair and transparent pricing. From today, users will be able to:

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  • Search by city or event to book accommodation and restaurants close to major sports, music, and entertainment events across the country, with more events being added regularly
  • Book hotel accommodations from a curated selection of 3 – 5 star properties across the country. From independent boutique hotels to 5-star luxury properties and everything in between, Launchtrip offers thousands of hotels across 8 major US cities to start (including New York City, Los Angeles, Chicago, Miami, Orlando, Austin, Phoenix and Las Vegas), with more becoming available every month
  • Review thousands of highly recommended restaurants and book right in the app using Resy as Launchtrip’s official restaurant booking partner
  • Split and manage payments of your group trips (available for group trips of 3 or more people)
  • Receive scaling group discounts with partnered hotels
  • Take advantage of Launchtrip’s signature 24/7 concierge service – online and with text-driven customer support, powered by humans
  • Ground transportation and travel insurance will be available by the end of the year
  • Google Play store availability will launch in Winter 2021

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Customers will also benefit from Launchtrip’s ‘My Trip’ feature, where users can manage all of their group reservations and guest list, meaning they won’t be stuck with reservation emails from multiple vendors. Within this feature, users can name their trip, check the trip’s guest list and whether they’ve paid or not, and send reminders to anyone who hasn’t yet paid.

Launchtrip recently surveyed 1,000 US adults to find that for 25% of Americans, dealing with payment is the most painful part of planning any group trip. A third (34%) of respondents even said they spend hours figuring out how to split costs. To reward these Group Trip ‘Heroes’ who’ve had to deal with organizing woes for far too long, Launchtrip is giving away an all-expenses paid vacation (including accomodation at select luxury hotel properties across the country) to one lucky ‘Hero’ plus three friends.

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