Kayak At Work tool looks like an Excel doc for SFW travel planning

Hard at work, or hardly working planning your next trip?

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Work sucks. Who among us hasn’t had a moment of relief at the office wasting a few minutes of company time planning how best to spend that precious vacation? 

The numbers back it up, too—according to data from KAYAK, most people are using the travel planning site during office hours, with 57 percent of searches in the U.S. taking place from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. during the workweek. 

The site just launched a brand new under-the-radar page design to help wanderlusting office drones plan out their trips at work without risking the wrath of busybody bosses. KAYAK At Work looks just like an Excel doc—but it’s actually a fully-functional trip planning page. 

The setup will let you search for flights and hotels directly on the spreadsheet layout, populating the grids with trip options just like it would a regular KAYAK search page.

That sure looks like a productive workstation.

That sure looks like a productive workstation.

Just pull up the new KAYAK page, put on your best “I’m hard at work” face, and search away. Be careful, though—searching for cars, trains, and trip packages will redirect you from the SFW spreadsheet setup to the standard KAYAK page. As long as you can keep your searches simple, overzealous work productivity snitches won’t have a clue you’re actually one step closer to that trip to Hawaii, not knee deep in a TPS report. 

So, the next time your boss pops up over your shoulder when you’re four Chrome tabs deep in a search to find the best all-inclusive resort, you’ll at least have one safe page to pull onto the screen to avoid that disapproving manager glare. Then, you’re onto the next challenge: actually getting those vacation days approved.

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