Useful Apps for Air Travels03 02 2016
Here are 10 apps, that can be useful during your travels!
SkyScanner’s mobile app has such a Free wonderful search interface for finding cheap flights. I love that you can look for a flight on certain dates from your home airport to anywhere in the world based on where it might be inexpensive to fly during that time. You can then adjust your search using a wonderfully intuitive and interactive graph to find the cheapest surrounding dates to travel. SkyScanner partners with a site called ebookers.com for the actual sale, and note that SkyScanner’s prices appeared for me in U.S. dollars while ebookers’ showed up in GBP. The company makes separate apps for hotel and car rentals.
Available on: Android, BlackBerry, iOS, Windows 8, Windows Phone, Web
Travel search website Kayak.com is one of my favorite sites for finding the best deals on flights, especially when I’m picky about the details: what time to leave, number of layovers, and which airlines I can use. In its early days, Kayak only handled search (although it was one of the best at that end of the game), but now you can prepay for flights, hotel reservations, and even car rentals. Additionally, Kayak includes in its searches other aggregation services, like Orbitz and Priceline, to truly make sure you find the best deal.
Available on: Android, iOS, Kindle Fire, Windows Phone, Web
3) Orbitz Flights, Hotels, Cars
Orbitz Flights, Hotels, Cars searches for the best travel deals, lets you book them, and offers a price guarantee if another user books the same travel as you for less. Orbitz’s app is the kind that anyone would want for planning a trip ahead of time to find low prices, as well as last-minute bookings from the road.
Available on: Android, iOS, Kindle Fire, Web
TripIt is a mobile app for Android and iPhone that connects to your email accounts and automatically compiles your travel information based on confirmation emails you receive. TripIt finds the important details for flights, hotels, rental car reservations, and even restaurant bookings, then collates them in order into an itinerary. If you worry about not having all your details in one place, TripIt is a wonderful travel organizer.
Available on: Android, BlackBerry, iOS, Windows Phone
If you ever have a long connection through Chicago O’Hare, you’ll want to go straight to Tortas Frontera for sandwiches. At San Francisco International Airport, there’s a yoga room where you can decompress and stretch before your next flight. Of course, if you have the GateGuru iPhone app or the GateGuru Android app, you won’t need to rely on my advice, as you’ll have all these great tips and lists of services to help you navigate the world’s best and worst airports.
Available on: Android, iOS, Windows Phone
6) Google Flights
Never turn down a second opinion. Despite all the great travel search sites available these days, Google Flights is one to add to your list of flight-search sites to check before typing in your credit card number. You can search for round-trip, one-way, and multicity flights, but you have to link to another site to make the purchase. It’s ideal as a tool that quickly gives you a price check with alternative dates of travel to save a few bucks. Sure, Kayak (our Editors’ Choice for travel searching and book) can do the same thing, but Google Flights does so with a different interface, and as I said, there’s no harm in getting a second opinion.
Available on: Web only
7) Hipmunk Flight & Hotel Search
Hipmunk may seem like your run-of-the-mill flight and hotel aggregation search app, but it does one neat thing that I haven’t seen other travel apps do: It includes non-traditional lodging, such as listings from Airbnb and HomeAway in its search results. Those two services connect people who have rooms, apartments, and homes to let with travelers who want to rent them. Progressive travelers on a budget will love Hipmunk’s iPhone app and the Hipmunk app for iPad for that feature alone.
Available on: Android, iOS, Web
8) Air Sharing
In the cut-throat world of business, time is money, making a seven-hour trans-Atlantic flight a lot of wonga indeed. Thankfully, just because your laptop’s packed away doesn’t mean you can’t keep your eyes on the prize. Essentially, this (admittedly pricey) app turns your iPhone into a wireless hard drive, allowing you to quickly and easily load it up with documents at the airport, then browse and amend on the move throughout your trip.
Available on iPhone + iPad ($4.99)
Even within the elite jet set there are various classes of traveller, and different airport lounges to match. Whether you’re after a quick pre-flight shower or hungering for a smorgasbord of exotic fruit, this neat app will suggest a lounge, complete with user reviews – just punch in your airport and level of access and the rest is taken care of.
Available on iPhone + iPad (free) and Android (free)
Follow the path of thousands of international flights on slick, zoomable maps, with detailed information on departure gates, delays and (heaven forbid) cancellations. Great for those anticipating the arrival of loved ones, or particularly nerdy train-spotters looking to up their game.
Available on iPhone + iPad ($4.99) and Android ($4.99)