People love travel, but few enjoy booking it. All those boxes to fill out, variables to think of, who to trust, which deal is legit? It gets crazy, it gets complicated. In today’s world we want the best options and deals, we want them fast, and really, we want them on our phone. Sure enough, there’s now an app using artificial intelligence and human touch that will do just that…

LOLA is a brand new travel booking app that combines casual, easy conversations and artificial intelligence to become your perfect, predictive travel agent. Rather than opening tons of windows, pressing the city and date button a hundred times and still not knowing where to book, LOLA allows you to text your needs in plain english to an artificial intelligence super computer, which then filters your info to one of 15 expert travel agents, who’ll “text you back”. 

The key factor here is that the app allows users to send casual requests such as “I need a flight to London and hotel around Christmas time for a few days”. The artificial intelligence will parse through tons of results, presenting them to one of LOLA’s 15 real live travel agents and they’ll text you back with the best options and prices. What’s really cool is that each user takes a welcome survey, which sorts out all your preferences such as desired hotel class, boutique or mainstream, which chain, which airline, aisle or window, economy or business and all of that to make sure you’re getting stuff you actually want.

Since the app’s intelligence filters options based on your preferences and then presents them to a top notch agent, you’re not getting back 15 pages of flight options and prices, but rather a few options, tailored just for you. Not only can you book it directly on the spot, you can chat through every detail. Since travel rarely goes as planned, the app even acts as a personal travel agent throughout every step, assuming the intelligence hasn’t foreseen any problems before you encounter them…

Though the app is available for download, only a select group of users will have access for the time being. If you want it now, download and then register for the waitlist. If you really, really want it now (like me) consider sending an invite request to the company on Twitter. Now to see if artificial intelligence can compete with my intelligence, I’m afraid to find out…