Prepare for Landing: Set Flight Notifications with KAYAK + Alexa


For the last two years, we’ve worked to make our KAYAK skill for Amazon Alexa more helpful, more useful and, let’s be honest, more fun. In 2016, we launched our skill with the ability to track and search for flights, look for hotels and discover new destinations on your budget. In 2017, we added the ability to book your hotel via voice command and get daily travel tips. Now, in 2018, we’re introducing a new improvement to how you track flights.

Say hello to flight notifications for your Alexa-enabled device. No more setting reminders in your calendar or strategically placing post-it notes on your desk saying “PICK GRANDMA UP AT AIRPORT.” With flight notifications for Alexa, you can ask KAYAK to alert you when a flight lands. You can also schedule a notification to go off at a specified time before the flight’s arrival — in case you’re on airport pickup duty. Maybe your sweetie is on their way home and you want to know when their flight lands safely. Or maybe you’re picking up friends at the airport and aren’t sure when you should leave your house. Let KAYAK do the tracking for you, so you can focus on more important things.

To set up flight notifications, Alexa users need to opt-in to notifications for the KAYAK skill in their Alexa app. Once enabled, simply say, “Alexa, ask KAYAK to notify me when Flight 123 lands” or “Alexa, ask KAYAK to notify me 30 minutes before Flight 123 lands.” Then, go about the rest of your day knowing that Alexa will be on flight watch for you. You can also request the status of flights by asking, “Alexa, ask KAYAK what is the status of Flight 123?”

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