Cleartrip is one of the more popular travel websites in India, which allows booking of flight and train tickets as well as hotels. Incidentally, two years ago, Cleartrip was one of the first OTAs (Online Travel Agent) in India to launch a Windows Phone app, and Windows Phone was also their first platform of choice.
While that gave the service a positive mindshare among Windows Phone users, the app was long due for an update and the limited ability irked most users, as reflected in the reviews on the Windows Phone Store. The app finally got a decent refresh in June this year while still being limited in functionally.
The latest update - 2014.1206.712.4098 – is a complete rewrite of the app from the ground up taking advantage of the new Windows Phone 8.1 APIs. The app is now faster and more stable and sets the foundation for faster updates with new features going ahead.
This update finally brings the ability to search and book rooms in hotels in over 15,000 cities worldwide. The app also offers exclusive last-minute hotel deals for same day and next day check-ins. The hotel listings are integrated with TripAdvisor reviews and most of the hotels listed come with free cancellations.
The app allows one to see fares in all major currencies including USD, GBP, SGD, CAD, AUD, etc., while customers in GCC countries (Bahrain, Kuwait, Oman, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, and UAE) may make payment in their local currencies.