idolw - 2:03 pm on Oct 30, 2010 (gmt 0)
i question the value of that map for a lot of searches. for example, if you enter "new york hotel" you get a map that encompasses 50-square miles with 6 seemingly random hotels on it. maybe they want a 1-star, or 2-star, but there's no way of knowing what they'e looking at until they actually click on one of the pins. it doesnt even give you the name and details of the hotel when you hover over it, they've got to click a pin before they get even the smallest bit of info.
This is just a matter of time. They bought ITA software in June and HomeAway just a few days ago. Once the transaction gets approved they'll ad a search panel to enter dates and allow filters like meta search sites do. Go to google product search to see it.
Theny they'll allow OTAs to pay them increased CPC for a few years and introduce calendars to hotels and restaurants so everything goes through Google Checkout.
And then you can simply have Google Money which will allow you to easily pay via your Android phone :)