I like to think that I have all the skills to book all of my own travel. The perfect routes on the perfect airlines. The right rental car. The hotel that’s the perfect fit.
Except, that’s not really the case. Sure, I probably know more than the average joe about travel. But, even when I do have enough time to book all my travel, I miss things. That’s why I got my own travel assistant. Don’t worry, we’re getting to that winning part shortly.
Native is a startup in the travel space run by some wickedly smart people. They’re my travel assistant, right there on my iPhone whenever I need them. Every time I tell someone about Native, they inevitably ask, “What do you use it for?”
There’s the easy stuff, like researching flights. They can use the GPS on your phone to figure out where you are, or you can spell out the gory details.
Once you’re done booking things like airfare and hotels, they can help you figure out the rest of it, like how to get from the airport to your destination.
As you can see from above, they’ll give you the information or offer to book it for you. That involves giving them a credit card. While you might not be comfortable with it at first, it won’t take long for them to earn your trust. I also asked for a few restaurant recommendations.
Since I’m using this for our business and handling multiple employees, they can show me travel options for them as well.
And, there’s a summary screen where I can see the projects they’ve already worked on.
And, there’s no need to hang around your phone waiting for an answer. Once you submit a request, you’ll get an alert just like any other app when they have follow-up info for you.
Native makes my travel life much easier, freeing up time for me to do other things. I still enjoy booking my travel, it’s part of what makes leisure travel fun (and I’m a control freak). But, in this day and age where I don’t qualify for a full-time assistant, Native picks up the slack and picks things up off my plate. Their customer service is always there, no matter the time zone, long after a regular assistant would have gone to sleep.
Okay, okay. The free part. Well, two free parts:
1. Everyone who reads this post can get two free months of Native to try it out. Navigate to their sign-up page and you’ll see a link labeled “I have a referral or promotion code”. Plug in the code: PIZZAINMOTION. That’s it. 2 free months.
ETA: The 2 free months code will be valid for redemption until August 31, 2015.
2. I’m giving away a year of Native’s service away to two lucky individuals. All you have to do is leave a comment on this post. As usual, at least one of the winners will be randomly selected, and there’s a chance if you tell a really good story or make me laugh you could be the other winner.
Make sure your comments are travel-related. Share a good travel tip, someplace you’re visiting this summer, or a question you need answered. You can enter once a day until the end of the day Friday, July 3rd. If you have something constructive, you can enter more than once a day. If you spam the thread, I reserve the right to disqualify you.
For the record, I receive no compensation from Native for writing this post. It’s actually quite the opposite. My company has invested in Native we were so impressed with the team. I’m happy to be able to bring all my readers a chance to try the service for two months and offer your feedback. I hope you like it as much as I do!