Amazon’s digital personal assistant Alexa now has over 15,000 “Skills”. That’s what Amazon calls the features that the assistant has. For instance, Alexa can call you an Uber, control your smart home devices or check your bank account balance and much more. It is a truly handy device.
It can also book you a hotel room through Kayak now.
The Kayak skill for Amazon Alexa was launched last year and users could use the skill to ask Alexa to search for flights, hotels, and rental cars. However, the skill has now been updated to allow users to actually book hotel rooms by simply giving a voice command to Alexa. If you already have an Alexa-powered device, like Amazon’s Echo devices, you can sync your existing or create a new kayak account and then enable the Kayak skill in the Alexa app and link your account.
Once it is linked, you can give Alexa commands like “Alexa, ask KAYAK to book me a hotel room in Boston” to find and book a room. Alexa will return a bookable option and then use the linked Kayak account to confirm the reservation. The actual booking transaction will be handled by one of Kayak’s partners. All bookable inventory available to Alexa comes from Booking.com and Priceline.com. Those companies process the payment and also handle customer service. It couldn’t be easier.