30 essential travel apps every traveler needs before their next trip

Lori Zaino

When it comes to planning and taking a vacation, travelers rely on their phones now more than ever.

Travel apps are a source of inspiration and are extremely useful for booking and managing logistics — even making restaurant reservations or finding a great fitness class wherever in the world you're flying next.

From apps that help with everything from day-of hotel bookings and last-minute flight changes to those that serve as guidebooks and foreign-language dictionaries, travel is infinitely easier thanks to technology.

Apps can help you navigate a new city, make currency conversions, pack a perfect suitcase and even provide on-the-ground local expertise. Whatever you need when you hit the road, there's an app for that.

We've rounded up the most-loved apps here at TPG. Some may be obvious, and others more obscure, but either way, get ready to download.

Best apps for researching and booking trips

In addition to the apps for the airlines you fly most frequently and your favorite hotel brands, these apps can help you save money on flights and accommodations.

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Hopper has changed in recent years from just offering a price prediction tool for flights to being a true online travel agency. The app helps travelers find the cheapest flights, hotels and rental cars.

Of course, Hopper also still offers its signature price prediction technology to help you plan out when to book, as well as travel protection options and a price freeze to help you lock in the lowest possible price on hotels and flights.

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Kiwi is used mainly to book flights, but it also helps you book hotels (using its partnership with Booking.com) and car rentals (using its partnership with RentalCars.com).

Some of the app's most interesting features include the "Deals" section, which pulls in discounted flights, and the "Travel hacks" section, which includes options for hidden city ticketing, throwaway ticketing (making one-way flights more affordable) and free price alerts.

Hotel Tonight

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A dream for last-minute travelers, Hotel Tonight ( now owned by Airbnb ) lets you book stays for the same evening up to a few months in advance in thousands of cities worldwide. Available hotel rooms are categorized into sections like basic, luxe, hip, charming and solid, so you can select what works for your vibe. Take advantage of the daily drop feature, where you swipe to find a personalized deal with a special price only valid for 15 minutes after unlocked.

At TPG, we love a good loyalty program, and HT Perks, the app's nine-level reward program, is extensive. Not unlike a video game, you "level up" by reaching specific spending thresholds on the app, and you'll gain access to perks like discounts, VIP customer support and credits. Also, your levels never expire, so you can only continue to move up.

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To book home rentals instead of hotels, use the Airbnb app. After entering your destination and dates, you can filter results based on the home type, price, requisite amenities and more. If you find something you like, you can book directly through the app.

The app is ideal for managing your trips while on the road — you can access all your bookings under the "Trips" tab, where you can view your reservation (and the address or directions), contact the host or change your reservation. Once you have a booking, you can also explore and book local experiences in your destination, such as wine tastings, kayak tours, hikes, shows and concerts.

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We can't talk about travel apps without mentioning the TPG App. Use it to track your credit card, airline and hotel points balances; earn points and miles efficiently through using the right credit card ; and research how many points or miles you'll need to book your dream getaway. You can even curate your own news feed so you see the news and advice that matters most to you first.

The TPG App is available for download on iOS . Android users can join the waitlist here .

Related: The TPG App has arrived — here's why you should download it now

Best apps for organizing a trip

From keeping all your documents in order to perfectly packing your suitcase without forgetting a thing, these are the best apps for organizing travel plans.

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TripIt declutters your itineraries and documents by keeping them organized in one place. You can set your reservations to automatically send to TripIt, which lets you view travel confirmations, flight itineraries, tickets, hotel and Airbnb booking information, rental car reservations, ferry tickets and driving directions without ever leaving the app.

TripIt also makes it simple to share your trip plans with whoever picks you up from the airport or train station or anyone else who may need to coordinate with you. TripIt Pro subscriptions cost $49 per year and include extras like real-time flight alerts, security wait times, baggage claim information and updates on your loyalty reward programs.

Roadtrippers

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Perfect for organizing that epic road trip you've always wanted to take, Roadtrippers plans out your driving route and lets you book hotels and activities along the way. The app is especially useful for finding interesting and off-the-beaten-path roadside attractions, cool restaurants and can't-miss landmarks you can bookmark.

A Roadtrippers Premium membership includes offline maps, live traffic information, overnight RV parking and more for $59.99 per year. For those looking to only venture on a few road trips per year, the app also offers a Pro ($49.99 per year) and Basic ($35.99 per year) membership.

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PackPoint takes all the stress out of packing . The app shows you what to bring based on the length of your trip, the weather in your destination and any activities you're planning along the way. If you have access to laundry facilities at your destination, PackPoint even allows you to account for washing your clothes and wearing them multiple times.

Just download and install the app, type in the city you're visiting and plug in your travel details. So, stop waiting until the day before your trip — or the hours before you have to leave for the airport — and start packing now.

Best apps for navigating the airport and flights

Track flights, navigate airports and find airport lounges with these apps.

LoungeBuddy

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LoungeBuddy offers access to premium airport lounges around the world, regardless of the airline or class you're flying. When you create a trip in the app and type in the credit cards you currently hold, it will tell you which lounges you have access to based on the airports you'll be transiting through and how to purchase access if you don't already have it.

You can purchase access on the day you're traveling or up to two months in advance if you're the plan-ahead type. If you prefer to search by lounge or lounge program, the app will tell you exactly what is needed to use them.

Priority Pass

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Priority Pass offers access to more than 1,300 lounges worldwide and provides meal vouchers at select airport restaurants across the world for an annual fee starting at $99.

Several cards, including The Platinum Card® from American Express , the Capital One Venture X Rewards Credit Card and the Chase Sapphire Reserve , offer Priority Pass memberships for all cardholders (enrollment required). Otherwise, you'll have to pay an annual fee to be a member and, depending on your membership tier, a fee to enter each lounge on top of the annual fee.

To use the Priority Pass app, enter the name or code of the airport you're in, and Priority Pass will pull up the lounges or restaurants that you have access to, including photos, hours, amenities and specific location information. For more information on the Priority Pass Program and how to gain lounge access, click here . Enrollment is required for select benefits.

Related: The best credit cards for Priority Pass lounge access

FlightAware

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The FlightAware app allows you to track flights online, see a live map of a flight and check on delays, cancellations and gate changes. This app is especially helpful if you have a tight connection or want to track your flight.

It's also useful when picking up friends and family at the airport, as you can track their flight and see updated landing times or delays. AvGeeks will enjoy digging into flight statistics, flight maps and community aviation discussions on the app.

Best apps to use during your flight

Timeshifter.

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What better way to cure jet lag than with an app? Timeshifter actually helps you avoid jet lag long before your flight takes off and also offers inflight and post-flight suggestions. The app relies on neuroscience research about sleep and circadian rhythms to provide personalized recommendations, taking into consideration your age, gender and normal sleep patterns — as well as specifics about your trip and travel plans. Timeshifter maps out when you should avoid or seek light, take a nap or try to stay awake. It even tells you if you should consider supplementing with melatonin or caffeine.

Your first jet lag plan is free, then $9.99 per plan, or you can enjoy unlimited plans for a year for $24.99.

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Flying can cause anxiety — or provide a welcome relief from constant contact with our digital devices. Either way, use travel as an opportunity to relax, meditate or listen to soothing sounds that will lull you to sleep or a deep, relaxed state. Or, perhaps, you'll simply find it helps pass the time during a long flight.

Calm offers meditations on topics such as self-awareness, calming anxiety, breathing, lowering stress levels and happiness, among others. The app also has music options for focusing, relaxing and sleeping, as well as stories for adults and content for kids.

A limited selection of meditations and music is available for free (which you can download to use when you're offline or in flight). The premium version of the app costs $14.99 per month or $69.99 annually.

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OK, so Netflix isn't really a travel app, but it can be a lifesaver during a long flight on an aircraft without seatback inflight entertainment or at the airport during an unexpected flight delay or boring layover. If you have a Netflix account, the app allows you to download your favorite shows onto your device to watch offline.

Just make sure to download your shows while connected to Wi-Fi before flying and check them again preflight to make sure they haven't expired (you can usually renew any expired downloads, but you must be connected to Wi-Fi or data to do so). Monthly prices vary depending on the plan.

Another app that's not really a travel app, Spotify can still be incredibly useful during tedious travel moments — just pop in those noise-canceling headphones and listen to your favorite music, meditations, podcasts and more.

The app's Premium plans (prices vary) allow you to download all your content offline on your phone, so you'll have it during long flights or when you don't have data or Wi-Fi access. Whether you want to take a morning jog in Bali to your favorite tunes or pass the time with a podcast on the metro in Barcelona, Spotify has it all.

Best apps to use in your destination

From exchanging money and sightseeing to communicating and knowing all the local tips and tricks, you don't want to land in a foreign city for the first time without these key apps.

XE Currency Converter

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The XE Currency Converter app quickly provides live, up-to-the-minute currency rates, then allows you to store and view them even when you're offline. You'll never need to wonder if you're really getting a good deal in another country if you have this app.

Google Translate

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Google Translate is a translation app that allows you to do it all — translate into more than 100 languages by typing, access 59 languages offline, translate via photo, translate bilingual conversations and even use the handwriting tool to translate.

The app is simple to use, too, with icons at the top you can click on to draw, take a photo, speak or type.

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Not quite sure how much to tip when traveling internationally? GlobeTips will advise you on how to tip appropriately in more than 200 countries. It also offers a tip calculator for easy math. Globe also has apps for currency conversion, unit conversion and more that may be useful for travelers.

Related: The ultimate guide to tipping while traveling

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For travelers globe-trotting with friends and family members or simply splitting the cost between groups, Tricount calculates shared costs and splits bills so you don't have to think twice about who owes what. Just enter your trip and currency and invite your travel mates to join your trip.

Each time someone pays for something, you enter the amount in Tricount, and the app splits everything up. You can also snap and store photos of receipts in the app. At the end of your trip, it will show the balances of who owes who what, making it easy to settle up.

Metric Conversions

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Never be baffled by Celsius temperatures or suitcase weight in kilograms again with the Metric Conversions app . Whether you're measuring flour to cook at your Airbnb, figuring out distances for your Europe road trip or deciding whether to take a sweatshirt with you during your walking tour of the Great Wall of China, this app has you covered with easy conversions in volume, weight, temperature, area and more.

Google Maps

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Google Maps is essential when visiting a new city (or even for getting around your hometown). You can map locations, get directions (walking, driving, public transportation, ride-hailing services and beyond) and see how crowded your subway will be in select cities .

You can make restaurant reservations, save your favorite spots and read and write reviews of attractions, eateries, shops and more. Make sure to download specific city or area maps ahead of time for offline access if you know you'll be without internet at your destination. For obvious reasons, the app works best when your GPS is turned on.

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WhatsApp is a handy messaging service for travelers abroad as it uses an internet connection to avoid SMS fees.

It works like most other messaging apps: You start by creating an account, then add your friends and family members to contact and voila! You're able to call, video chat and send messages, images, voice memos, gifs and files just as you would in, say, iMessage (but with Android users too). You can also download WhatsApp on your Windows or Mac computer.

Best apps for planning activities

Traveling is about more than just getting from point A to point B. If you're looking for activities to add to your itinerary, check out these apps.

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Meetup is an app designed for interacting with locals and other travelers who have mutual interests or shared hobbies. Whether you're traveling or at home, take what you love and do more of it with Meetup.

The app shows you groups that are formed around particular interests in your city, including yoga, photography, cooking, wine tasting, hiking, cinema and other activities. You can join groups to get updates on particular events you may want to participate in. The app can even help with networking, as there are many groups dedicated to business and technology. You might even be able to join a coworking group. Travelers with kids can participate in family-friendly meetups, and it's a great way for solo travelers to make friends and connect with others.

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TheFork is one of the most useful resources for making restaurant reservations in Europe. Similar to OpenTable or Resy, the app lets you browse different restaurants by category and make reservations. TheFork features more than 60,000 restaurants in cities like London, Madrid and Geneva, as well as spots outside of Europe like Sydney, Australia.

The biggest perk is that many restaurant reservations come with discounts — in some cases, you can get up to 50% off your meal just by reserving a table through TheFork. Since we here at TPG are always down for earning rewards, make sure to monitor your YUMS — TheFork's reward system. You'll earn YUMS with each reservation, and when you hit 1,000, you receive a discount on your bill. Foodie travelers should also consider downloading these apps , too.

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Happy Cow helps vegan and vegetarian eaters locate more than 180,000 restaurants, coffee shops, bakeries, farmers markets and grocery stores in over 180 countries around the world. The app allows you to filter by not only vegan and vegetarian but also gluten-free and cuisine types. You can also read reviews and get recipes on the app as well.

The app does cost $3.99, but it's a one-time expense.

TripAdvisor

Besides reading reviews of restaurants, hotels and attractions, you can book almost anything on TripAdvisor, from vacation rentals and restaurant reservations to tours and tickets.

The app has grown to include almost all things travel, allowing you to search by destination or interest (like the outdoors, food and drink, family or by the water, for example), which can give you inspiration for a trip or help you get your activities, meals and accommodations organized before traveling or on the fly.

With over 400,000 curated trails, AllTrails can help you find the hike or walk perfect for you and your group. It's not just mountain trails — AllTrails offers city walks, too, like easy meanders through the Marais district in Paris or peaceful strolls through Bangkok's Lumpini Park in Thailand.

See photos, updated weather predictions and key information about each route and connect with other travelers through reviews and forums. Access to AllTrails+ is $35.99 per year, which offers perks like offline maps and wrong turn alerts.

Best apps for staying safe

Use these apps to stay safe when traveling.

Smart Traveler

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Smart Traveler is a free service that offers tips and information specifically for U.S. travelers. You can see what visas and vaccines you'll need before traveling and where to find help if you need it during your trip.

Register your trip on the app, which gives your information to local embassies and consulates in your destination. If there's any kind of disaster or tragedy, the local embassy can contact you to see if you need help.

TripWhistle

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Another app dedicated to keeping you safe, TripWhistle maps your location and allows you to easily text or send your GPS coordinates or location. It also provides emergency numbers for firefighters, medical personnel and police in nearly 200 countries. After all, 911 is only for U.S.-based emergencies: Each country has its own specific emergency number.

Yes, Uber (or any local ride-hailing service app) is convenient, but it may also keep you safe. Using this app when traveling means you'll never get stuck wandering around in an unfamiliar area late at night or have to deal with unscrupulous taxi drivers trying to scam you. Uber also has in-app safety features such as an emergency assistance button which will allow you to call local emergency services right in the app.

Mobile Applications for Tour Operators & Travel Agencies

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At Wamos Portugal we’ve been using mTrip for the last 2 years and I highly recommend. Always innovating and adding new features. Our clients love it.

Engage throughout the entire travel cycle

Your clients will be using your mobile itinerary app from the beginning to the end of their trip. During this time, you can provide them with all the information and travel support they need.

  • Drive more revenue

Your clients can purchase additional products and services (flights, accommodation, tours, activities, airport transfer, etc.) directly within your mobile app.

Increase client satisfaction & loyalty

Provide accurate real-time trip information for your clients. Support them throughout their travels, by providing suggestions and guidance at their destination(s) while remaining 100% offline.

Reduce operating costs

Thanks to our itinerary management platform, reduce your customer service workload by including all the information your clients will need during their trips, updated in real-time.

Custom Branded Mobile Apps

  • Custom branding (native apps, web app, pdf, email, etc.)
  • Customizable app features
  • Published under your corporate identity on Google Play and Apple App Store
  • Online portal and itinerary under your domain name (SSL included)
  • For tours, cruises, independent travelers, business travelers and MICE 
  • Works OFFLINE on iOS and Android
  • Available in 10 languages

Flights & Accommodation

  • Real-time flight alerts and live updates
  • Flight details and online check-in
  • Onboard service
  • Interactive airport maps  and airport food ordering
  • Airports and airlines COVID-19 measures
  • Airport transfer and baggage protection
  • Airline baggage policy
  • Airport lounges
  • Accommodation details and hotel directions
  • Visa requirements, weather and airport wait times

Offline Guides & Maps

  • Extensive travel guides with over 1800 destinations worldwide
  • Attractions, restaurants, nightlife, shopping, etc.
  • Background and practical information (health, power outlets, currency, weather, etc.) about trip destinations
  • Offline maps and directions
  • Augmented reality, nearby places, postcards and more

Independent Travelers

  • Travelers can easily plan their visits at each destination
  • Add places to their Favorites and order them automatically for an optimized itinerary
  • Trip Genius™ generates personalized itineraries based on the traveler’s preferences, popular places, opening hours and location
  • Detailed daily itineraries and activities
  • Tour Leader feature 
  • Group chat feature (chat wall, chat with tour leader, one-on-one chat)
  • Activities can be rated and reviewed
  • Include optional and bookable activities
  • Pre- and post-travel management
  • Cruise Itinerary Details & Booking Information
  • Booking Excursions
  • Ship Location Reminder & Notification
  • Dynamic Itinerary Map

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Integrations.

  • booking engines, GDS and mid-offices like Tourplan, Juniper , Moonstride, Viaxoft , Open Destination Travel Studio, etc
  • Attraction tickets, city cards, tours and activities, visa services.
  • Chat systems like Zendesk

In-App Messaging

  • Stay connected to clients before, during and after the trip
  • Upgrade your client support and experience
  • Generate new sales within the mobile travel app
  • Connected to your email, chat system or CRM

Contextual Notifications

Personalized dynamic rules automatically deliver notifications at each stage of your traveler’s journey on their smartphone, tablet and smartwatch.

  • Improve your client engagement by sending personalized notifications
  • Increase traveler support and satisfaction

Trip Sharing

  • Itinerary can be shared by email, text message and on social networks
  • Pictures, postcards and check-ins can be shared on Facebook under your brand
  • Trip journal can be published on your website and shared on social networks

Itinerary Management & Document Delivery

  • Multi-source data consolidation
  • Cloud-based itinerary management platform and API
  • Online travel dashboard and itinerary in PDF
  • Travel documents available offline in the app (vouchers, e-tickets, invoices, etc.)
  • Multiple brand management
  • Real-time GPS Travel Locator 
  • Expense tracking
  • Message center (push notifications, text messages, and emails)
  • Satisfaction surveys

DETAILED FEATURES

Flights, accommodation & transportation.

Provide your clients with all the trip information they need, in one convenient place.

  • Flights Departure and arrival details (airport, terminal, gate, baggage claim, flight duration, booking reference, aircraft type, etc.).
  • Online flight check-in 24 hours prior to departure, a notification on the device will invite your client to check-in to their flight using the app.
  • Real-time flight alerts Push notifications will be sent to your client when flight changes occur: delays, cancellations, gate changes, baggage claims, etc.
  • Interactive Airport Maps Display traveler location and departure gate location Restaurants, bars, cafes, shopping and services Work offline
  • Accommodation Check-in and check-out dates, type of room, booking reference and more.
  • Car rentals, activities, etc.

Daily Itineraries & Activities

Your branded mobile travel app will integrate all the details of your clients’ daily itinerary, depending on the kind of product you sell.

  • Tours Arrange all of the details for each day. You can add the activities and places to visit along with your clients’ schedules, which will specify the duration at each site, locations, descriptions, pictures, and more. Travelers can provide valuable feedback by rating and reviewing trip activities. Designated tour leaders can locate and send messages to members of a trip ( more info ).
  • Independent travelers Let them plan their trip itinerary with the Trip Genius™. This feature will automatically generate daily itineraries based on the user’s travel preferences, opening hours, popularity and location. The app will also suggest restaurants based on where they are located, the itinerary and accommodation.
  • Cruises The itinerary includes each stop with arriving and departure time. Each stop includes an offline map and guide. The reminder feature will automatically send a notification to the traveler when it is time to get back to the ship, it will show the directions offline to the ship.

Rich Offline Travel Guides

Give your clients the guidance and resources of a personal tour guide. With the mTrip travel app they will have access to rich travel guides, filled with thousands of places to discover.

  • Thousands of destinations Travel guides for all of the destinations your clients will be visiting (cities, regions, islands).
  • Directory of places Attractions, entertainment, museums, restaurants, bars, shops, banks, hospitals, embassies, etc. Along with pictures, in-depth descriptions, opening hours, prices, traveler reviews, etc.
  • Augmented reality A live (real-time) visual display of surrounding places within distance, ratings and opening hours.
  • And much more Postcards, weather, currency converter, phrasebooks, destination editorial, practical information, etc.

Offline Maps & Navigation

Whether they are organized tours with some free time or independent travelers booking from a travel agency, help them find their way around their destination safely.

  • Detailed city, region or country maps In addition to attractions, restaurants, and more, the user’s real-time location will be shown on the map.
  • Navigation Displays routes with turn-by-turn directions, from the user’s location to any establishment or street. Whether it’s by foot, by subway, by Uber, or by car.
  • Street and places search Quickly find streets and places, directly on the map.
  • 100% offline No internet connection required, and no roaming charges are incurred when using the app. Everything is offline, including the maps and directions.

Meaningful Additional Revenue

Most travel companies miss 25% of their clients’ travel expenditure  because they don’t connect with them at the right time: while they’re planning their trip. By providing a mobile app with great adoption and retention, like the mTrip mobile app, travel agencies and OTAs have the opportunity to create a new revenue stream.

  • Attraction tickets, city cards, tours and activities
  • Car rentals, airport transfers, hotel and flight bookings
  • Travel insurance, local SIM cards etc.

Online Travel Dashboard & Itinerary In PDF Format

  • Online travel dashboard Your clients will be able to look at their trip on your website, using the same credentials they will receive to access the app. They can review all of the information about their upcoming trip online, including their itinerary.
  • Itinerary in PDF If the client does not have a mobile device or would simply like to print out a backup, they can download their trip information in PDF format.

Brand Visibility & Trip Sharing

Your mobile app will become the optimal travel companion for your client. Engage with users throughout their entire trip: at the booking stage, during their journey and even once they’re home. With features like the trip journal, clients can share their travel memories with friends and family.

  • Fully branded mobile app Color scheme, icon, logo, and other graphic assets for the app, will be completely customized to your brand.
  • Published under your name The app is published with your corporate identity on the Apple App Store and Google Play Store.
  • Trip sharing under your brand identity Your clients will publish their trip journals on your website and share it on social networks, under your brand. This can not only draw additional traffic to your website, but also generate new leads.
  • Deep Facebook integration Pictures, reviews, postcards, and the trip journal are shared on Facebook and email under your brand.

Dynamic Contextual Messaging

Each client is unique, so mTrip has created the innovative Contextual Messaging feature to offer amazing flexibility in terms of personalization to communicate with your  leisure and business travelers.

  • Improve your client engagement by sending personalized notifications Personalized dynamic rules automatically deliver notifications at each stage of your traveler’s journey on their smartphone, tablet and smartwatch. The notifications that travelers receive will be uniquely targeted to them, creating an enhanced experience.
  • Drive more revenue Sending well timed notifications throughout the travel process, allows you to communicate even more effectively when offering various up-selling or cross selling services.
  • Increase traveler support and satisfaction By providing instant context related notifications, the app provides your traveler with the right information at the right time.

mTrip’s contextual messaging center, comes with a selection of pre-defined notifications that can be easily modified to meet your specific requirements. Notifications can be prompted by a scheduled time, the traveler’s location or events.

Leisure Travel

Travel agencies, tour operators and cruise distributors

  • Mobile Applications
  • Itinerary Management
  • Itinerary Builder

Business Travel

Travel Management Companies (TMC)

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  • Meetings & events
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  • Terms & conditions

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Travel Agents, You Need to Check Out These Apps!

Once upon a time, the typical travel agent’s work day was structured around the traditional office-based 9 to 5 paradigm. Agents’ customer service tools were limited and time consuming.

But technology kept changing the ways agents handled clients’ travel arrangements. Manually tagged flight file cards gave way to electromechanical computers, then to computer-linked teleprinters, followed by smaller and powerful desktop systems.

Modern agents are now mobile travel agents working in business and home offices, the car, or just about anywhere and anytime. Agents use offline, online, and mobile technology to connect with customers and travel industry services 24/7.

Expanding the travel agent’s customer service arsenal

An important advancement in the travel agent’s arsenal of scheduling and services tools is the downloadable app. Apps for travel agents are powerful tools that provide real-time scheduling and assistance to clients and enable agents to grow their businesses. Let’s look at some of the best mobile apps for travel agencies.

  • Refund.me – available on iPhone and Android, free. This app from Sabre’s Red App Center is available for travel agents. Flight delays, cancellations, overbooking, and missed connections are inconvenient and potentially costly. Only a small percentage of passengers ever claim recompense to which they might be entitled. Refund.me helps travellers claim their rightful compensation.
  • Travelport Mobile Agent – available on iPhone, iTouch, iPad, Android, free (downloadable through the iTunes store). An app that gives agents quick and full access to GDS content. It is accessed through the agent’s valid GDS SignOn. Travelport offers View Trip integration, newsfeed of relevant travel-related articles, customizable keyboard quick keys, and updates that allow full integration with Apollo, Galileo, and Worldspan GDSs. Agents can access/view two terminal windows at the same time.
  • TripCase – available on iPhone, Android, free. Make valuable travel information readily available to your clients through the TripCase app. You and your clients will receive real-time alerts on flight status updates, gate changes, delays, and cancellations. TripCase will organize travellers’ itineraries and plans on their mobile devices. Easy to use, clients simply send their trip to the app via an email to [email protected] ; reservations automatically sync with TripCase and any relevant status updates are gathered and communicated to the client.
  • mTrip Travel Guides – available on iPhone and Android, free. This popular, award-winning app is designed specifically for travel agents. Your company information and graphic elements are customised to the mTrip app. Clients access your app through the Apple App and Google Play stores. Through your agency-branded app, clients have access to comprehensive travel guides, maps and navigation, and itinerary access through the online travel dashboard via your company website.
  • TripScope – available on iPhone, iPad, iPod, iTouch, free. TripScope is a recent entry into the travel apps world. It enables you to create customized itineraries online and send them directly your clients’ smartphones. You can change itineraries in real time, update clients and chat directly with them. TripScope puts various interactive social media platforms to good use, matching the media to the traveller’s itinerary.

Expanding the agent/client relationship

Apps enable you to promote your travel services to a wider client group than ever before. With social media integration (such as through TripScope and mTrip) your company name and website are hyperlinked with every picture, video and post that your clients share.

Apps can provide vital real-time itinerary and travel information; they also can link you and your client for problem resolution and changes to travel plans ( Travelport Mobile Agent ). Apps are portals through which clients can access practical travel information, state-of-the-art travel guides, and more.

Today’s apps have become essential marketing and service tools. Savvy agents utilise apps to keep and retain clients, and to provide the excellent and far-reaching assistance their clients expect.

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Planning a trip can be easier through an online travel agency than if you handle each aspect of the planning separately. You can book hotels, air travel, rental cars, and more through a single site, and booking everything together sometimes results in discounts. By inputting a destination, a range of dates, and other preferences, you will see a list of options for each aspect of travel.

The best online travel agencies offer options from the largest number of airlines, hotels, car rental agencies, and more. Look for sites that offer discounts for combining reservations for different aspects of your trip. For example, the best sites will have lower rates if you book both plane tickets and a hotel through their services. The best sites also provide reviews from customers who actually have booked through the service. These are our top picks.

  • Best Overall: Booking.com
  • Best Budget: Skyscanner
  • Best Price Predictor: Hopper
  • Most Innovative: Kiwi.com
  • Best for Eco-Conscious: Kind Traveler
  • Best for Social Impact: I Like Local
  • Best for Design-Forward Homestays: Plum Guide
  • Our Top Picks
  • Booking.com

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Final Verdict

Frequently asked questions, methodology, best overall : booking.com.

 Booking.com

This industry leader offers one of the most comprehensive trip planning platforms on the Internet.

Lots of options to choose from

Interface is easy to use

Numerous filters to customize your search

Tricky to tell whether changes/cancellations can be made with Booking.com or the vendor directly

Booking.com was founded in 1996 and has grown into an industry leader that stands out for being one of the most comprehensive trip planning platforms out there. From one website, you can compare and book accommodations, flights (including one-way and multi-city flights), sightseeing activities, and even airport taxis. The website lists more than 28 million accommodation options, from hotels, hostels, and B&Bs to vacation homes and luxury resorts—you can browse more choices per destination on Booking.com than other online travel agencies. The website also performs well on cost and typically returns lower-than-average prices for flights and hotels. 

Booking.com's interface is also easy to use. On the home page, search for a hotel by entering your chosen destination and dates. Then, use the extensive list of filters—such as price range and distance from the city center—to narrow the results down and find the best fit. You can also search for a specific hotel, or seek inspiration by clicking through options grouped by destination or property type or by topic such as the country’s best Michelin-starred hotel restaurants or the top cities for vegan travelers. The flights, car rental, and other tabs are just as intuitive. 

Best Budget : Skyscanner

 Skyscanner

You can compare prices across airlines, hotels, and car rentals.

Simple interface

Option to toggle searches between specific dates or by monthly calendars

Search Everywhere button is great for spontaneous planners

Extra clicks are required to make a final purchase

Must read fine print for changes/cancellations—may need to deal directly with the vendor

Ads on the sidebar can be distracting

Find deals on airfare, hotels, and car rentals with an aggregator site like Skyscanner , which uses a metasearch engine to compare prices from all online travel agencies and the airline, hotel, or car rental company in question. Run searches with fixed dates, opt to compare airfare prices month to month, or click “Cheapest Month.” Searches also include options for nearby airports or non-stop flights only. With hotel searches, you can choose to select only from properties with free cancellation, a cleanliness rating of 4.5/5 or higher, or 3- or 4-starred hotels only. Car rental searches include an option to select “return car to different location.”

Once you’ve found the best rate, click on the link to be redirected to the third-party site to make your booking. Feeling spontaneous? The Search Everywhere button on the homepage offers a list of the cheapest flight deals for destinations both locally and across the world—just plug in your departure airport first.

Best Price Predictor : Hopper

The company claims a 95 percent accuracy rate at predicting when flights and hotel rates will be cheapest.

Color-coded system makes it easy to determine cheapest days to buy

App is easy to use

Option to track flights and receive alerts when the best time to buy arises

Some have mentioned the app functions better as a research tool than a booking tool

Unclear whether Hopper will price match if you find a cheaper flight elsewhere

Hopper is a travel app available on iOS and Android that aims to help travelers save on airfare by usng historical data and their own algorithm to predict when flights will be cheapest. Just type in where and when you’d like to fly and Hopper will present you with a color-coded pricing calendar indicating how much tickets are likely to cost. (Green is the least expensive, then yellow, orange, and red for most expensive.) Hopper will also recommend you either buy now or wait, or you can choose to watch a trip and receive notifications on the best time to buy. In addition, the app has expanded to offer hotel and car rental price predictions, too.

Some newer features since the app’s inception in 2009 include an option to freeze a price for a limited time—for an extra fee—as well as exclusive app-only discounts. Hopper is free to download, and you can choose to book directly through the app, though some users mentioned they use Hopper as more of a research tool before booking directly with the airline or hotel. The company claims a 95 percent accuracy rate at predicting flight rates up to a year ahead.

Most Innovative : Kiwi.com

This metasearch engine scours the web to piece together the ideal itinerary using planes, trains, buses, and more.

Creative itineraries get you where you need to go, especially if you’ve got a multi-stop trip

Kiwi Guarantee offers rebooking or cancellation protections

Nomad option appeals to travelers with a lot of flexibility

Creative itineraries mean you may not fly out of the same airport you flew into

Kiwi Guarantee has an additional fee

Charges all-in-one fee for booking flights, trains, buses (though you can always purchase a la carte)

Travelers planning multi-city destinations and seeking a bargain, as well as those looking to take planes, trains, and automobiles to get there, might consider Kiwi . Kiwi is a metasearch engine that scours and pieces together itineraries from various airlines (even if they don’t have a codeshare agreement), considers multiple airports (even if your arrival airport is different from departure), and offers booking options, whether you’re looking at very specific dates or more general ones (up to 60 nights).

Some will find the ability to make multiple bookings for a particular trip more convenient than going at it manually several different times, though note that you must opt into the Kiwi Guarantee program to access rebooking and refund protections should your reservation change or be canceled. Kiwi’s Nomad option allows you to plug in a bunch of destinations you’d like to visit and the length of your intended stay, and the website will churn out the most affordable itineraries for review.

Best for Eco-Conscious : Kind Traveler

A give-and-get business model means booking accommodations with exclusive perks, a donation to environmental organizations, and more.

All participating hotels include a local give-back component

Exclusive savings and perks

Participating hotels are located in some of the most beautiful places in the world

Inventory is much smaller compared to other booking platforms

Some of the amenities mentioned are based on availability only

In 2022, Kind Traveler (an online trave agency focused on hotel bookings) announced an increase in environmentally and socially conscious hotels, charity donations, voluntourism opportunities, and additional perks like waived resort fees or a welcome amenity.

Unlock exclusive hotel rates and perks from participating Kind Traveler hotels with a minimum $10/night minimum donation to a local charity. For example, stay at the Six Senses Laamu in the Maldives and receive up to $33 off the nightly rate and perks such as a food and beverage credit and an Earth Lab or Alchemy Bar workshop when you make a donation to Manta Trust. The organization funds coastal research to protect the island nation’s large yet fragile population of reef mantas.

Select from more than 140 participating hotels from the Hawaiian Islands to Bozeman, Montana, and the Maldives. Charities include wildlife, human rights, arts, education, and environmental preservation organizations.

Best for Social Impact : I Like Local

Choose from a host of travel experiences with the peace of mind that 100 percent of the cost goes directly to local partners.

Social impact mission woven into organization’s business model

Immersive experiences led by local guides

Range of experiences offered

May not be best fit for those seeking upscale, luxury experiences and stays

Can’t sort experiences by a list of countries (though an interactive map is available)

No experiences outside of Africa and Asia

For an online travel agency with a booking platform designed to route dollars spent directly to the communities travelers intend to visit, consider I Like Local . Visit the website to browse a host of travel experiences in countries including Indonesia, Kenya, and Cambodia. Experiences include homestays and farmstays as well as wellness and culturally oriented experiences—from cooking and cycling tours to weaving classes.

To search for an experience, select from drop-down items like travel dates and experience categories, or view a global map and click on a country to view experiences that way.

The platform got its start in 2014 and has grown to 4,000 local hosts across nearly 20 countries. As a social impact organization, 100 percent of each booking fee goes to local hosts. To date, 16,000 travelers have booked with I Like Local.

Best for Design-Forward Homestays : Plum Guide

Browse and book seriously vetted, design-forward vacation homes.

Highly curated inventory of vacation rentals across the world

Design-forward

Thorough vetting process

Does not publish guest reviews

Other platforms have homes available across more destinations

When it comes to booking a vacation home, serviced apartment, or condo, travelers are spoiled for choice. Plum Guide is an online travel agency that specializes in accommodations—though not just any home makes its directory. The company claims that each potential home listed on its site must jump through 150 hoops to be included, from internet speed and mattress and pillow quality to the showers’ water pressure and the home’s proximity to dining, shopping, and attractions.

Search by a featured collection on the website such as “ pet-friendly homes ” or “one-of-a-kind homes in Palm Springs.” Scroll to the bottom of its homepage to view its top destinations, as well as a list of all destinations where Plum Guide homes are available, including Barbados, Mexico, Portugal, Switzerland, the U.S., and Turkey. Note: From the top right-hand corner of the site, use the dropdown menu to select currency of choice.

As long as you know what you value most out of your travel experience—such as affordability, social impact, or luxe accommodations—there’s an online travel agency to help plan your next trip. Be sure to read the fine print, as some agencies are third-party websites and not direct vendors. If you're not sure where to start, Booking.com is your best bet for a smooth user experience and hard-to-beat offers on flights, hotels, and other travel arrangements.

What Is the Biggest Travel Agency?

Our choice for best overall, Booking.com, is known as an industry leader with listings for all major hotels, airlines, car rental companies, and more. It boasts more choices for accommodations per destination than any other site, and we found its interface to be user-friendly.

Are Online Travel Agencies Worth It?

This depends on your needs and priorities. The best online travel agencies certainly can save time by booking everything all at once. However, if you're someone who is good at haggling and enjoys the details of planning a trip, you might be able to find better deals by reaching out to hotels or other destinations and speaking to someone personally.

Is It Cheaper to Book Online Than With a Travel Agent?

Not always. A travel agent you know and trust should have the experience and connections to find deals that can match or surpass what you'll find online. Additionally, if something goes wrong, travel agents provide you with an actual person you can use as an advocate to correct the problem . But if you don't have access to a good travel agent, online sites still provide plenty of ways to streamline planning and save money .

We considered dozens of online travel agencies and narrowed down the options based on user experience, volume and quality of inventory, unique offerings and specials, and customer reviews. We also assessed travel companies’ environmentally and socially conscious policies.

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Best travel apps in 2021

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The best travel apps are the ones that take all the stress out of a trip, freeing you up to enjoy the journey. And fortunately, you've got a lot of choices when it comes to finding apps that can help you plan your next getaway. 

You'll find everything from trip planners and itinerary generators to online marketplaces for flights and hotels in both the Play Store and Apple's store for apps. Combine one of the best travel apps with some great travel tech , and your chances for a smooth trip will increase dramatically.

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Not sure where to look first? We've found a list of the best travel apps for when you're ready to hit the road again after sticking close to home for more than a year.

1. MyTSA (Free: Android; iOS)

Before you hit the road, make sure you've got MyTSA on your smartphone. The official app of the Transportation Security Administration isn't going to win any beauty contests, but it will let you check wait times at security checkpoints at major airpots. And that can help you plan on how much travel time you need to allow.

The app includes historical wait-time data while also giving you the option of checking crowd-sourced reports of how long security lines are at that moment. The ability to search what you can bring on a plane, get live assistance and find out info on the TSA PreCheck program make this a good app for travelers to keep handy on their smartphone.

Download MyTSA: Android , iOS

2. Expedia (Android, iOS: Free)

If you're a frequent traveller, you need a good all-in-one travel app, and Expedia is a tried-and-true option. You can book every aspect of your trip through Expedia, including hotels, flights and rental cars. The app also lets you bundle deals on travel and lodging, look for cruises, and research things to do when you arrive at your destination. 

If you're looking to stretch your travel budget even farther, Expedia promises exclusive deals for mobile users, with members of Expedia's rewards program enjoying additional perks. 

Download Expedia: Android , iOS

3. Flighty (iOS: Free)

There are flight trackers, and then there's Flighty, an iOS app for people who really want to know the location and arrival time of their plane. The free version of the app gives you basic flight-tracking tools, but pay up for a subscription ($8.99 a month or $49.99 per year), and you get access to more sophisticated features such as push notifications, syncing with TripIt or with calendars, and an assistant to help with your flight connections. 

Flighty also claims to be able to predict flight delays by monitoring inbound planes for 25 hours and monitoring FAA-mandated delays. You can check out the portions of the paid app for free during a 14-day trial.

Download Flighty: iOS

4. Hopper (Android, iOS: Free)

Another app bringing big data and predictive algorithms to the world of air travel is Hopper It uses a massive database of airline prices and historical trends to predict when prices to a destination are likely to be lowest, when they're likely to change, and the best time to buy a ticket for a particular date and destination. 

You can watch flights on specific dates or destinations, and the app will advise you whether it's worth it to buy now or to wait, tell you the dates when it's likely cheapest to fly, estimate changes in price, and notify you of price drops or rises. You can also save your payment details within the app for quick booking.

Download Hopper: Android , iOS

5. iExit (Android, iOS: Free)

If your travel plans involve a lot of driving, iExit works as a handy freeway exit guide, listing nearby highway exits, as well as the kind of businesses and amenities there are nearby. Need to gas up or find some good food or a place to stay for the night? iExit’s search tools come to the rescue, showing you nearby gas stations (with price data powered by GasBuddy), motels, and even deals and discounts from nearby businesses.

Download iExit: Android , iOS

6. Waze (Android; iOS)

Nothing gets a vacation off on the wrong foot like getting stuck in traffic. Waze can't eliminate the traffic, but it can help you get around any jams, especially if you're in an unfamiliar city. 

The navigation app feeds your smartphone real-time traffic information, based on reports from other Waze users. That data includes accidents, speed traps and other hazards that might keep you from getting to your destination in a timely fashion. 

Other features sure to impress travelers include automatic rerouting, cheap gas alerts and the ability to send your ETA to anyone waiting at your final stop.

Download Waze: Android , iOS

7. Skiplagged (Android, iOS: Free)

If you're traveling light and looking to save a few bucks, check out Skiplagged. It's a neat app that can keep your travel costs down by taking advantage of "hidden city flights", where flyers get off at a layover, instead of at the final destination. 

Enter your origin and destination, and Skiplagged will show you the cost of a direct flight, as well as any cheaper "hidden city" flights that have your intended destination as a layover. The caveat? Stick to carry-on luggage, as any checked-in bags will go all the way to the flight's final destination. 

Skiplagged also allows you to book hotels, including last-minute deals and special offers.

Download Skiplagged: Android , iOS

8. Flio (Android, iOS: Free)

Flio aims to be the all-in-one companion app for harried travelers making their way through airports worldwide. An official partner of 300 airports, Flio also has info on thousands more. That lets the app feature terminal maps, a boarding pass scanner, a flight tracker and directions to shuttle buses and booking options for everything from parking to lounge access. 

The app's sheer variety of services and features make it a great addition to the app toolkit of frequent fliers and vacationers alike.

Download Flio: Android , iOS

9. AtYourGate (Android, iOS: Free)

AtYourGate is another helpful airport companion that focuses more about retail opportunities while you're killing time waiting at the airport. If you need food, supplies (like say a phone charger to replace the one you forgot to pack), or last-minute gifts, you can browse the AtYourGate app for nearby shops and restaurants instead of having to wander around the airport. 

AtYourGate users can order food or other items, pay through the app, and even arrange for the item to be delivered to them right at their gate, lounge, or other location. AtYourGate currently operates in a select number of major airports, including JFK, La Guardia, Minneapolis-St. Paul, Portland, San Diego, and Newark.

Download AtYourGate: Android , iOS

10. Mobile Passport (Android, iOS: Free)

Mobile Passport is a U.S. Customs and Border Protection-approved app that helps speed you through lengthy immigration lines. It allows anyone with U.S. or Canadian passports to submit their passport control and customs declarations through the app, replacing paper forms and providing faster processing in a number of major US airports where the Mobile Passport service is supported. 

The app will save you a good amount of time in line, but it’s no reason to leave your physical passport at home. Mobile Passport is a companion app, not a replacement.

Download Mobile Passport: Android , iOS

11. TripIt (Android, iOS: Free)

TripIt promises to cut back on the travel hassle by consolidating your travel plans into a simple, convenient itinerary. Viewable online and synced to your cell phone, you can also share itineraries with your contacts. 

You just link your email account to TripIt, and the service will automatically dig through your inbox for reservation confirmations and other forms. Using that data, TripIt builds an organized itinerary of your flight boarding times, hotel check-ins and more. While TripIt is a free download, a $48.99 annual subscription gets you features like real-time flight alerts and updates on how long airport lines are.

Download TripIt: Android , iOS

12. App In The Air (Android, iOS: Free)

App In The Air is designed to help you through the entire process of your airplane flight, serving as a booking assistant that reminds you of your gate, ETA, check-in requirements, baggage tips, and more. 

The app condenses all of this important information so that it's easy to refer to at a glance, while also providing handy extras. You can view a summary of your airline's baggage rules (or even have an augmented reality overlay that you can use to measure your baggage to see if it will fit for carry-on or overhead guidelines). 

Travelers can integrate the app with TripIt, track loyalty rewards, view airplane amenities and even forward their details to their Apple Watch or Android Wear device. A premium subscription ($29.99 per year) includes real-time flight status updates, automated check-ins, and more.

Download App In The Air: Android , iOS

13. GasBuddy (Android, iOS: Free)

If road trips are more your thing, consider GasBuddy, a mobile app that helps users track down the cheapest gas in their region. Users can tap into their GPS location through their phone, or search by address or zip code to find the nearby gas prices.

As many of the prices are based on user reports, GasBuddy rewards users with points for reporting and updating a station's prices, with points making you eligible for regular raffles of prizes like free gas.

Download GasBuddy: Android , iOS

14. Roadtrippers (Android, iOS: Free)

Another handy travel companion when you hit the road is the aptly named Roadtrippers, a trip planning and itinerary app that lets you plot your next road trip, and helps you discover destinations, attractions, and useful stops along the way. 

With Roadtrippers, you can share your route and schedule with friends and family. The app helps users find everything from diners and dives to hotels, restaurants, national parks, roadside attractions and other scenic points of interest. 

If doing that research on a small phone screen stresses you out, you can plan trips in the Roadtrippers web portal if you prefer, saving locations and stops into a trip plan which you can sync across multiple devices for easy reference.

Download Roadtrippers: Android , iOS

15. PackPoint (Android, iOS: Free)

PackPoint is a travel packing wizard that provides a checklist of travel essentials that you'll need to pack, depending on the nature of your trip. 

Simply create a trip profile with your destination, length of stay and purpose of travel. PackPoint then creates a customized packing and luggage checklist that takes into account whether you're traveling for business or pleasure, the type and amount of clothing to pack based on the weather forecast and other factors. 

The app also comes with a variety of premium features, such as TripIt integration for automatic packing list creation.

Download PackPoint: Android , iOS

16. TripAdvisor (Android, iOS: Free)

TripAdvisor is your crowd-sourced guide to hotels, restaurants and attractions worldwide. The app allows you to browse through plenty of reviews, images and videos featuring various establishments worldwide to get a better idea of what awaits you at your destination. 

You can also access contact details; search for nearby establishments; explore restaurants by food type, price range or rating; check out air fares; and even add to the knowledge base by posting your own reviews, images and entries for the places you visit. There are even some handy "Near Me Now" features to alert you of nearby points of interest once you're on the scene.

Download TripAdvisor: Android , iOS

17. Airbnb (Android, iOS: Free)

Airbnb is a marketplace app that allows users to search for and find unique accommodations across the world, from mom-and-pop B&Bs for a night, to a small apartment for a week, or even a castle for a month. There's no shortage of quirky and unique establishments. Airbnb covers a range of prices in more than 34,000 cities across almost 200 countries, which means the adventurous or flexible traveler has some interesting choices for accommodations on their next trip.

Download Airbnb: Android , iOS

18. Vrbo (Android, iOS: Free)

Vrbo's mobile app is another option for finding places to stay on your next trip. At Vrbo, the emphasis is on vacation rentals, and with 2 million unique places to stay in 190-plus countries, you've got plenty of options. 

Use the Vrbo app to search for vacation homes, plan your trip and book your lodging. The app also gives you access to key booking details — what is the Wi-Fi password at your rental property, anyway? — and lets you share your itinerary with friends and family.

Download Vrbo: Android , iOS

19. Hotel Tonight (Android, iOS: Free)

If you unexpectedly need to look for last minute hotel rooms, check out  HotelTonight. It offers last-minute discounts on vacancies and same-night accommodations from top-rated hotels. Users can search by category and quality such as Basic, Hip or Luxe; view information on nearby hotels; and quickly book accommodations from within the app.

Download HotelTonight: Android , iOS

20. GlobeTips (iOS: Free)

How much should you tip? GlobeTips is a handy app that can tell you how much gratuity is customary wherever you are in the world. In addition to global tipping guides, GlobeTips includes a calculator for automatically calculating the tip, splitting the bill, and handling sales tax.

Download GlobeTips: iOS

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The best apps for travel agents – travel apps 

Google maps, tripadvisor , the best apps for travel agents – business management , travefy , countingup , instagram  , monday.com , grow your travel agency with these top apps.

As a self-employed travel agent, you’ll need to stay on top of the best deals and opportunities for your clients . Plus, it’s easier to satisfy clients when you have your operations and finances organised. 

Luckily, there are nearly countless apps out there that can help. With these tools, you can run your business right from your phone. But which are the best options? 

This guide lists the nine best apps for travel agents , including:

  • Skyscanner 
  • Trainline 
  • Tripadvisor

See also : How to become a self-employed travel agent .

best travel agency app

When booking flights for your clients, you’ll want to find the best routes and deals. 

The free Skyscanner app can help with that as it scans flight options to compare prices so you can locate the perfect pick and access deals. The app also includes hotel and rental car deals . 

Download Skyscanner on the App Store or Google Play . 

Price : Free

best travel agency app

As you build fun trip packages for your clients, you may also need to find book trains. With this app, you can compare pricing and determine the best train routes around Europe .  

Plus, if you purchase tickets for clients from the app, you can encourage them to download it for live updates on their trip . 

Get the Trainline App .  

Price: Free

best travel agency app

To find the best travel routes for your clients, consider using Omio. This app compares plane, bus, and train routes to find the best way to get from point A to B. It’s a great way to look at all options at once when planning trips. 

Download Omio on the App Store or Google Play . 

best travel agency app

Google Maps can do more than just offer directions and plan out travel routes. 

In fact, you can create travel guides for clients and even use the ‘trending weekly’ feature to find hot spots at most destinations . This can help you find restaurant and activity recommendations for clients.  

Download Google Maps on the App Store or Google Play . 

Price: Free  

best travel agency app

Tripadvisor is a leader in planning and booking trips. With this app, you can find great destinations and stays to satisfy your clients . 

Plus, the app has extensive lists of things to do, see, and eat with plenty of reviews to compare the options.   

Download the Tripadvisor app on the App Store or Google Play . 

Price: Free 

Bonus! The Airbnb app is another great place to find great affordable and luxury homes for clients who prefer private stays over hotels. 

best travel agency app

As you take on more clients, it may become challenging to juggle them and organise multiple trips at once. Luckily, Travefy app is one of the best apps for travel agents , and it can make this process far more straightforward. 

With Travefy, you can: 

  • Manage the different trips you plan.
  • Create itineraries.
  • Transfer documents.
  • Create quotes. 
  • Communicate with clients. 

The app lets you stay on top of your jobs and clients all in one place to offer fast and helpful customer service. 

Download the Travefy app . 

Price: 10-day free trial, $39 monthly or £31 annually . 

best travel agency app

To stay on top of your travel agency finances, you’ll need a clever financial app, like Countingup. 

Countingup is the business current account and accounting software in one app. It automates time-consuming bookkeeping admin for thousands of self-employed people across the UK. 

With Countingup, you can: 

  • Organise and track your business expenses with automatic expenses categorisation and receipt capture . 
  • Track the money coming in and out of your business with ongoing cash flow insights .
  • Easily and quickly invoice your clients straight from the app . 
  • Simplify your taxes with year-round tax estimates and Making Tax Digital compliance . 

Save yourself hours of accounting admin so you can focus on growing your business. 

Start your three-month free trial today. 

Apply now .

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Instagram is a great way to market yourself as a freelance travel agent . With this social media app, you can share pictures of your or your clients’ travels . 

With regular content and relevant hashtags, people can locate your services when searching for travel posts. Plus, you might reach out to and work with travel bloggers or influencers as another method of promotion .  

Download the Instagram app on the App Store or Google Play .

best travel agency app

monday.com is another great app for self-employed people to organise their days . This project management tool lets you create a schedule and break up your projects and to-do lists.  

An app like this can improve your time management and help you stay on top of everything you need to get done . 

monday.com makes it easy to organise your business with colour coordination and track your progress for better productivity . 

Download monday.com on the ‎App Store or Google Play .

Price : Free options, with premium plans

With these best apps for travel agents, you can strengthen and streamline your services . Doing so will help you satisfy your clients and save you time managing your business. 

These apps can help you: 

  • Plan trips for clients. 
  • Find the best travel deals. 
  • Organise your planning and communicate with clients. 
  • Market your business. 
  • Stay on top of your daily tasks and finances. 

When you incorporate the apps into your business, you can take on more clients and grow your business. 

As you look to the future of your business, you may want to plan for this growth ahead of time. Why not check out our article on creating a small business growth plan?

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The Pros and Cons of Booking Through Online Travel Agencies

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You’re likely already familiar with online travel agencies, even if you don’t travel often. These companies — such as Priceline , Expedia and Orbitz — act as intermediaries between you and a travel provider.

Booking your travel through an OTA can be a good idea in some circumstances, but you’ll want to be wary of its pitfalls. Let’s take a look at the pros and cons of online travel agencies, so you’ll know what to use to book your next vacation.

Pros of booking through online travel agencies

There are certainly advantages booking through online travel agencies, though you’ll find different experiences whether you’re using public OTAs — such as Kayak — or private ones like those offered by your card issuer, such as the Chase Ultimate Rewards® travel portal .

✅ It may be cheaper

When searching for flights online, you may see different prices for the same routes that vary across websites. Although it may be a result of fare type — for example, some search results may not clarify that a fare is basic economy rather than main cabin or economy — other times, the difference comes down to competition for your business.

Online travel services will often offer slightly lower prices on flights in an effort to entice you as a customer. This is true for both hotels and airlines.

» Learn more: Best credit cards for online travel-booking websites

✅ It can earn you more rewards

Have you ever heard of shopping portals ? By logging into a shopping portal, you can earn rewards for purchases made with many online merchants. Some hotel chains, such as Hilton , Marriott and IHG , can be accessed through shopping portals while still booking directly on the hotel website. In this way, you can earn rewards with the hotel directly as well as with the shopping portal.

The same isn’t true for shopping portals and most airline sites. However, many public online travel agencies are accessible through shopping portals, which can then earn you rewards for airfare bookings. By opting to book in this way, you’ll be able to earn points or cash-back rewards through the shopping portal that you’d otherwise miss.

Some card issuers will also reward you heavily when using their online travel services. Clear examples of this can be seen with Capital One and Chase. With the Capital One Venture X Rewards Credit Card , for example, you’ll get 10 miles per dollar spent on hotels and rental cars booked through Capital One Travel .

The Chase Sapphire Reserve® is similar. With this card, you can get 10 Ultimate Rewards® points per dollar spent on hotels and rental cars on the Chase travel portal.

While these numbers are high, it’s important to remember that there are trade-offs when booking through an OTA rather than directly with a hotel or airline. We’ll get into that a little later.

Online travel agencies offered by your card issuer may not feature the same prices as booking directly; you’ll want to compare these before committing to a purchase.

Some card issuers will go so far as to give your points more value when redeeming through their online travel agencies.

This is true with the Chase Sapphire Preferred® Card . When redeeming points on the Chase travel portal, you’ll get 1.25 cents in value per point rather than 1 cent elsewhere.

» Learn more: How much are your airline miles and hotel points worth this year?

Cons of booking through online travel agencies

There are several downsides when it comes to using online travel services for booking travel. It mainly comes down to the fact that travel providers prefer that you book directly with them — and offer more perks to woo your business.

❌ It can be harder to change a booking

Ever needed to change a flight after it's booked? No matter the reason, attempting to alter or otherwise cancel a flight can be a hassle — especially if you’ve booked through a third party.

Generally speaking, rather than offering you direct assistance, both hotels and airlines will recommend you contact the online travel agency you’ve booked with in order to make any changes.

While you may be able to make changes or get refunds with the travel agency, airlines and hotels can — and will — offer much more flexibility when you’ve booked with them directly. You may also be subject to additional fees charged by the online travel agency, which can erase any savings you’ve received.

❌ You may not receive elite benefits

This is the real kicker for anyone wanting elite status. Although airlines will almost always recognize your elite status and allow you to earn miles even for bookings made through an online travel agency, hotels and rental car companies will not.

This is especially important for hotel chains. Earning elite status with hotels generally relies on elite night credits. Although these can be earned in a variety of ways — including having complimentary status by holding certain credit cards — the main method of acquiring elite night credits is by spending nights in hotels. Rooms booked through an online travel agency do not count toward elite status as elite night credits.

Additionally, you will not receive any of the benefits of your existing elite status if your booking is through a third party. This can mean the loss of perks such as room upgrades, complimentary breakfast and even free Wi-Fi.

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❌ It may be more expensive

Did you know that many hotel chains have best price guarantees? Hyatt, Hilton, Marriott and IHG all have a guarantee that’ll give you either points or a discount if you find a better rate elsewhere.

These guarantees are generous; Hilton, for example, will match the rate and then discount it by a further 25%.

Although you’ll need to file claims for these guarantees and they face limitations — such as a 24-hour window from when you made the booking — you can save a lot of money on your stay if your request is approved.

Online travel agencies can be hit or miss

There are two sides to every coin and this is no different, as there are several benefits and limitations of online travel services. Depending on your needs and loyalty program status, you’ll want to choose whether to book directly with a travel provider or rely on OTAs to do the job for you.

Booking travel through credit card portals from issuers like Chase and Capital One can earn you big rewards. But if you anticipate altering your travel plans or aim to earn elite status instead, booking directly is the way to go.

How to maximize your rewards

You want a travel credit card that prioritizes what’s important to you. Here are our picks for the best travel credit cards of 2024 , including those best for:

Flexibility, point transfers and a large bonus: Chase Sapphire Preferred® Card

No annual fee: Bank of America® Travel Rewards credit card

Flat-rate travel rewards: Capital One Venture Rewards Credit Card

Bonus travel rewards and high-end perks: Chase Sapphire Reserve®

Luxury perks: The Platinum Card® from American Express

Business travelers: Ink Business Preferred® Credit Card

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1x-5x Enjoy benefits such as a $50 annual Ultimate Rewards Hotel Credit, 5x on travel purchased through Chase Ultimate Rewards®, 3x on dining and 2x on all other travel purchases, plus more.

60,000 Earn 60,000 bonus points after you spend $4,000 on purchases in the first 3 months from account opening. That's $750 toward travel when you redeem through Chase Ultimate Rewards®.

Chase Freedom Unlimited Credit Card

1.5%-6.5% Enjoy 6.5% cash back on travel purchased through Chase Ultimate Rewards®; 4.5% cash back on drugstore purchases and dining at restaurants, including takeout and eligible delivery service, and 3% on all other purchases (on up to $20,000 spent in the first year). After your first year or $20,000 spent, enjoy 5% cash back on Chase travel purchased through Ultimate Rewards®, 3% cash back on drugstore purchases and dining at restaurants, including takeout and eligible delivery service, and unlimited 1.5% cash back on all other purchases.

$300 Earn an additional 1.5% cash back on everything you buy (on up to $20,000 spent in the first year) - worth up to $300 cash back!

Capital One Venture Rewards Credit Card

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2x-5x Earn unlimited 2X miles on every purchase, every day. Earn 5X miles on hotels and rental cars booked through Capital One Travel, where you'll get Capital One's best prices on thousands of trip options.

75,000 Enjoy a one-time bonus of 75,000 miles once you spend $4,000 on purchases within 3 months from account opening, equal to $750 in travel.

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The 9 Best Travel Apps

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These days, everyone travels with a smartphone. Beyond the ability to take endless selfies and keep in touch with family back home, they provide us with a never-ending stream of tools and apps to help us plan our travels and deal with any hiccups we encounter on the road.

Unfortunately, while there’s no shortage of travel apps, most of them are terrible.

To help you avoid downloading (and maybe even paying for) apps that aren’t worth your time, I’ve compiled a list of my favorite travel apps. These apps will save you time, money, and help you make the most of your travels. They’re the apps I think every traveler should have on their phone before they leave home.

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1. GetYourGuide

2. loungebuddy, 3. hostelworld, 4. skyscanner, 6. xe currency converter, 7. google translate, 8. happycow, 9. gasbuddy.

A screenshot of the Get Your Guide homepage

Whether you’re in the planning stages and looking for things to fill out your upcoming itinerary or you’re already in a new country and want something to do later that day, GetYourGuide can help. I’ve used them a bunch and always have a great time!

Loungebuddy logo for the travel app

LoungeBuddy takes the pain out of the process. After entering your credit card, airline status, and lounge memberships, the app tells you which lounges you can access at any given airport. It makes even the longest layover tolerable so you can relax and enjoy your travels. And if you don’t have status, you can book lounge access directly through the app. It’s easy to use, and free to download.  

Hostelworld travel website homepage screenshot

You can also use the app to see who else is staying at the hostel. You can join a group chat for the hostel and connect with travelers to make plans before you arrive. In short, it’s a must-download app for backpackers and solo travelers. The app is free to download.  

A Skyscanner homepage screenshot

The best feature of the app, however, is the ability to search for flights to everywhere . You simply input your departure airport and the dates you want to travel, and it will bring up all the potential options — from cheapest to most expensive — so you can browse for ideas without needing to check each one manually.

If you want to save money on flights, this app is a must. The app is free too.  

TripIt screenshot of the website's homepage

The basic version is free while the pro version is $49 USD per year.  

The XE currency app homepage

If you have to stay on budget (and don’t want to get ripped off), download this app. It’s free.  

The Google Translate app homepage, a popular travel app

The app can read out your text too so you can hear how it is properly pronounced, and you can also use your camera to take photos of text that it can translate too (which is helpful if you need to read ingredients while shopping, for example). The app is free.  

The homepage of the GasBuddy travel app

The app is free but for $9.99 USD per month, you can upgrade to premium, which saves you 20 cents a gallon (up to 50 gallons) and provides 24/7 roadside assistance.

While it’s important to not spend your entire trip on your phone or social media, there are times when using your smartphone can easily improve the quality of your trip, keep you safe, and save you money. By downloading the apps above, you’ll be able to have a much smoother trip, giving you more time, energy, and money to invest in your next adventure.  

Book Your Trip: Logistical Tips and Tricks

Book Your Flight Find a cheap flight by using Skyscanner . It’s my favorite search engine because it searches websites and airlines around the globe so you always know no stone is being left unturned.

Book Your Accommodation You can book your hostel with Hostelworld . If you want to stay somewhere other than a hostel, use Booking.com as it consistently returns the cheapest rates for guesthouses and hotels.

Don’t Forget Travel Insurance Travel insurance will protect you against illness, injury, theft, and cancellations. It’s comprehensive protection in case anything goes wrong. I never go on a trip without it as I’ve had to use it many times in the past. My favorite companies that offer the best service and value are:

  • SafetyWing (best for everyone)
  • Insure My Trip (for those 70 and over)
  • Medjet (for additional evacuation coverage)

Want to Travel for Free? Travel credit cards allow you to earn points that can be redeemed for free flights and accommodation — all without any extra spending. Check out my guide to picking the right card and my current favorites to get started and see the latest best deals.

Need Help Finding Activities for Your Trip? Get Your Guide is a huge online marketplace where you can find cool walking tours, fun excursions, skip-the-line tickets, private guides, and more.

Ready to Book Your Trip? Check out my resource page for the best companies to use when you travel. I list all the ones I use when I travel. They are the best in class and you can’t go wrong using them on your trip.

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Disclosure: Please note that some of the links above may be affiliate links, and at no additional cost to you, I earn a commission if you make a purchase. I recommend only products and companies I use and the income goes to keeping the site community supported and ad free.

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travelperk app

  • Industry-leading travel inventory: find the best travel options for your business, including air travel, rail tickets, car rentals, and more.
  • Flexible trips : receive up to 80% of the cost back for canceled travel when booking with FlexiPerk.
  • Carbon offsetting : offset your carbon emissions with TravelPerk’s GreenPerk—managed by a dedicated Sustainability Team.
  • 24/7 support : get support in 15 seconds or less when traveling for business to ensure your employees are never left stranded.
  • G2 rating : 4.6 / 5, based on 1418 reviews
  • Capterra rating : 4.8 / 5, based on 376 reviews
  • Starter: first five bookings each month are free
  • Premium: $99/month + 3% per booking
  • Pro: $299/month + 3% per booking
  • Enterprise: custom pricing
  • Languages supported : German, English, French, Spanish

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  • OCR receipt scanning: capture receipts and submit expense claims on the go.
  • Configurable policy and approval process rules: use your existing Salesforce approval hierarchy and approve on the go or in the office.
  • Non-employee expenses: enables temporary workers and other non-employees to submit expenses quickly and easily.
  • G2 rating : 4.5 / 5, based on 16 reviews
  • Capterra rating : 4.8 / 5, based on 13 reviews
  • Starter: $9/user/month
  • Plus: $15/user/month
  • Languages supported : English

Flightfox

  • Miles and upgrades: maximize your loyalty benefits with each trip and transaction.
  • One-click amendments: no more back and forth with hotels or airlines—Flightfox handles all changes and cancellations
  • Maximum savings: the platform’s deep technical analysis to beat retail prices.
  • G2 rating : 4 / 5, based on 3 reviews
  • Capterra rating : no ratings available
  • Startup: free
  • Corporate: $100/month
  • Enterprise: $250/month

Airbnb for Work

Airbnb

  • Airbnb experiences: help your team connect with interesting experiences when traveling for business.
  • Travel dashboard: contact employees while they travel and eliminate expense reports with the Airbnb for Work dashboard.
  • Ample accommodation options: choose from homes, boutique hotels, unique stays, and more for your traveling employees.
  • G2 rating : no ratings available
  • Pricing : no information available
  • Languages supported : Over 50 languages, including English, Arabic, Dutch, French, German, Italian, Japanese, Korean, Russian, and Spanish

Tools for managing travel expenses

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  • Accounting data: set up cost centers, categories, and VAT in Payhawk.
  • Digitized bookkeeping: leverage a powerful OCR with machine learning that learns from your input to automate manual data entry.
  • Up to $250,000: qualify for credit limits up to $250,000 based on assessment.
  • G2 rating : 4.4 / 5, based on 107 reviews
  • Capterra rating : 4.8 / 5, based on 4 reviews
  • Pricing : You can choose from three plans—Premium Cards, All-In-One Spend, and Enterprise Suite—with varying features, get in touch for a quote.
  • Languages supported : Bulgarian, German, English, French, Italian, Dutch, Spanish

Brex

  • Financial modeling: Pry, Brex’s financial planning platform, makes it easy for founders to manage budgets, hiring plans, financial models, and runway.
  • Global spending: spend in 100+ countries with your Brex card.
  • Whatsapp receipt submission: get Brex messages and submit receipts via Whatsapp free of charge.
  • G2 rating : 4.7 / 5, based on 912 reviews
  • Capterra rating : 4.5 / 5, based on 123 reviews
  • Pricing : Contact sales for pricing

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  • 7-in-1 spend management solution: company cards, expenses, invoices, accounting, approvals, budgets and spending reports as one simplified stack.
  • Spending reports: accurate and timely spending reports in a single interface.
  • Accounting automation: automate VAT extraction, expense account allocation and receipt reconciliation.
  • G2 rating : 4.7 / 5, based on 345 reviews
  • Capterra rating : 4.8 / 5, based on 203 reviews
  • Pricing : Contact sales to talk about the three plans available—Starter, Essentials, and Scale.
  • Languages supported : German, English, French, Italian, Spanish

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  • Branded cards: personalize your company cards with your branding. Top up cards with precise spending allowances for 100% policy compliance.
  • Receipt collection: instant receipt collection via deep integrations with Gmail, Lyft, or Amazon Business, and easy employee coding via SMS or email.
  • Automated data entry for bill payment: bills are mapped to general ledger categories and any missing payment details are automatically collected from vendors.
  • G2 rating : 4.7 / 5, based on 975 reviews
  • Capterra rating : 4.9 / 5, based on 40 reviews

Fyle

  • Paperless expenses: eliminate countless hours spent on data verifications, receipt chasing, and cross-checking murky expense records.
  • Built for the whole team: comprehensive tools for finance managers, and an effortless experience for employees.
  • Fraud detection: check for fraud (fictitious, overstated expenses), dubious merchants, duplicates, weekend or holiday expenses or unusual spends.
  • G2 rating : 4.6 / 5, based on 947 reviews
  • Capterra rating : 4.5 / 5, based on 144 reviews
  • Standard: $8.99/user/month
  • Business: $14.99/user/month
  • Enterprise: Custom pricing

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  • Actionable insights: full transparency and comprehensive spend insights in real time.
  • Individual process flows: set up your own approval flows and enforce internal policies, as well as local tax laws and regulations.
  • Account payable solution: a seamless and fully automatic accounts payable process.
  • G2 rating : 4.5 / 5, based on 3 reviews
  • Capterra rating : 4.6 / 5, based on 16 reviews
  • Pricing : no pricing information available
  • Languages supported : German, English, French, Italian, Chinese (Simplified)

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  • Expense approval notifications: get a push notification to give initial approval or reject the employee reimbursement request with a note.
  • Automatically categorize transactions: set card, merchant, budget, and user rules to categorize transactions.
  • Multi-platform visibility: track, manage, and control all the ways your business spends in one place.
  • G2 rating : 4.5 / 5, based on 459 reviews
  • Capterra rating : 4.7 / 5, based on 397 reviews
  • Pricing : Free, always.

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  • Secure data: an entirely paperless process that responds perfectly to security and compliance issues.
  • Self-learning tech: the OCR receipt capture tool learns as you upload more and more receipts to ensure accurate data management.
  • Expert support: 24/7 support and fast access to important information.
  • G2 rating : 4.6 / 5, based on 108 reviews
  • Capterra rating : 4.4 / 5, based on 378 reviews
  • Starte: €6.99/month/session
  • Gold: €9.99/month/session
  • Languages supported : German, English, French, Italian, Dutch, Polish, Portuguese, Spanish

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  • Employee benefits: strengthen your employer branding with modern and tax-optimized employee benefits—such as a lunch benefit, internet benefit, and relax benefit.
  • Customized approval flows: create advanced approval logics based on your org structure, cost centers, and projects.
  • G2 rating : 4.6 / 5, based on 154 reviews
  • Capterra rating : 4.6 / 5, based on 62 reviews
  • Basic: €10/license/month
  • Professional: €15/license/month
  • Languages supported : Czech, German, English, Dutch, Slovak, Spanish

Remember: for whatever travel management software and expense management software you choose, make sure they can integrate with your existing software stack.

Other interesting tools and add-ons.

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  • Reporting dashboard: report on real-time savings, booking, and behavioral data alongside customizable spend alerts and traveler safety information.
  • Dedicated support: get high-quality support from Rocketrip’s skilled support team.
  • Forecast the cost: the technology forecasts a Price to Beat for every itinerary, based on your organization’s unique travel policy, pre-Rocketrip spend, and real-time market pricing.
  • G2 rating : 4.3 / 5, based on 10 reviews
  • Capterra rating : no reviews available

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  • Motivators: motivate travelers to make specific decisions or change existing behaviors with spend targets and incentives.
  • Travel insights: provide travelers with all the important information they need to be better prepared, before they book their trip.
  • G2 rating : no reviews available
  • Premium: $29/user/month
  • Pro: $49/user/month

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  • Generate savings: with data-backed price assurance, reshopping, and continuous provider sourcing.
  • Sync your services: improve productivity by automating workflows and automatically sharing your travel data.
  • Duty of care solution: complete duty of care coverage with zero blind spots no matter where employees book.
  • G2 rating : 4.3 / 5, based on 2 reviews
  • Pricing : Traxo offers three plans, but you’ll have to get in touch for pricing information.

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  • Safe business travel: important details about what’s going on at your destination, even before you book.
  • Trip Assistant App: travelers receive notifications about any changes, advisories, and disruptions while on the road.
  • Traveler map: ensure your travelers’ safety with full visibility into all traveler locations and associated risks for comprehensive employee travel management.
  • Pricing : TravelCare is included in all TravelPerk plans at no additional cost.
  • Languages supported : English, French, German, and Spanish.

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  • Aggregate travel data: from bookings made through multiple sources, such as TMCs, online travel agents (OTAs), online booking tools, supplier websites, or more.
  • Spend dashboard: quickly assess your travel leakage data in comparison to your overall spend
  • Pricing : Get in touch for pricing information.
  • Languages supported : English.

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  • Add trip details: for personalized packing suggestions and lists.
  • Easy-to-use app: make sure you’ve got everything you need with the intuitive app.
  • Pricing : Free

App in the Air

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  • Manage trips: get a real-time view into business travelers' booking details.
  • Set up travel policy: to ensure business travelers can access key information on the go.
  • Apple watch compatibility: get important travel updates instantly.
  • Pricing : Free, contact the team for business pricing.
  • Languages supported : Over 15 languages, including English, Arabic, Dutch, French, German, Hindi, Italian, Japanese, Korean, and Portuguese

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Features to look for in travel management software.

  • Ease of booking for administrators
  • Self booking for travelers
  • Free 24/7 support
  • Massive travel inventory
  • Automatic travel policy compliance with customizable policies and approval workflows
  • Future-ready tool that will scale and adapt
  • Around-the-clock travel support including direct line, chat, and email
  • No additional charge for travel support
  • Consolidated invoicing
  • Travel spend reporting

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Best Travel Apps (Updated for 2023)

Travel apps have made going on holiday a completely different experience from the old days of calling a travel agent, and then having to rely on word of mouth once you arrive to find nice things to do and see.

Nowadays your smartphone can book everything from flights, rental cars, and accommodation to let you know what fun and tasty experiences are around you.

At A Glance: Our Top Combo Of Travel Apps

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  • Best For Local Travel Google Maps Jump To Review
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Now that the world is finally opening up again, it’s time to start planning your next trip somewhere fun and beautiful. In this review, we have put together some of the best travel apps around for iOS and Android to help you find, plan, and experience the best vacation possible.

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Best travel apps, booking flights & accommodation.

Buying the least expensive flights and accommodation is a dark art in this day and age, but luckily there are some apps that make it easier. Have a look at our best flight deals and accommodation booking apps that’ll ensure you’re getting the best price for travel needs.

Not only do they help on price but also with ensuring you find the right place and flight for your wants and needs.

If all you want is a bargain flight then the award-winning app Hopper is right up your street. Available on both iOS and Android , it’s similar to both Kayak and Skyscanner in that you can see the cheapest dates to fly on, but the difference is that Hopper will tell you when to buy your tickets by sending you a notification.

Hopper analyzes billions of flights, watching the price changes, and then informs you when to buy in order to get a deal. The app claims to be able to help you save money. You save 40% on your next booking, so it’s well worth a shot.

The user interface is clean and easy to use, and it only takes 60 seconds to book a flight.

They have now started doing hotel bookings too, and you can set up a tracker for a specific hotel instead of the whole city it’s in.

  • Save up to 40% on flights
  • Clean and easy to use
  • You can track specific hotel costs to save on your booking
  • Book a flight within 60 seconds
  • It tells you exactly when to buy to save on your booking

Skyscanner is almost an all-in-one travel agent app that’s available on both iOS and Android . You can book flights, hotels, and rent a car from the palm of your hand using this app.

The app works by searching for the cheapest deals and best options through all its travel partners. It shows you the cheapest dates to book, you can set price alerts and if you’re not sure where to go, you can put in your departing airport and search “Anywhere” or “Top Deals” to give you a list of the most affordable destinations available.

Once booked, it’ll update your flight status as need and give you all your info in one place.

Want to know if Skyscanner is legit? Check out this detailed guide .

  • All in one travel agent for hotels, flights and car hire
  • You can do special searches to find the best deals from your departing airport
  • It shows you the cheapest dates to book
  • You can set up price alerts
  • Handy booking statues info page

Kayak is another all in one travel app for travel agents similar to Skyscanner. They often, in our experience have better deals, but its best to check both.

Kayak searches for the best deal they can find through all their travel partners, whether it’s flights, accommodation, or car hire, they have got you covered. They often have exclusive deals too, that aren’t available anywhere else.

You can set price alerts for your intended trip, use the forecasting tool to see whether it’s worth buying now or if the price may go down, plus it’s a trip planner too.

Kayak’s trip planner gives you important details quickly, like a reservation number or your departure gate, in real-time, even on your Apples Watch.

It’s an awesome all in one travel agent that’s available on both iOS and Android .

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  • Trip planner section updates you about your bookings in real-time
  • Have exclusive deals no one else does
  • Price alerts and a forecasting tool
  • Books hotels, flights, and car hire
  • It shows you the least expensive dates to book

HotelTonight

We all know the headache and expenses involved when you experience long flight delays or if you lose your accommodation at a moment’s notice. Anything can happen when jet setting around the world and Hotel Tonight is one of those helpful travel apps that makes things a bit easier when it all goes wrong.

Available on both iOS and Android , Hotel Tonight is one of the best travel apps to find you a quick last-minute deal on your accommodation. They have partnered with hundreds of hotels to fill their empty rooms. It works for the hotels and gets you a great deal too.

You can book a room in seconds and you also have the added benefit of Hotel Tonight’s 24/7 customer service that helps fix anything that might have gone wrong. The app now includes a Daily Drop feature offering you the best deal for the day.

Using the travel app, you can book multiple rooms and then share the info into a group chap, making it easy as pie.

  • Awesome last-minute hotel deals
  • Offers up the deal of the day
  • Book multiple rooms and share with a group chat

We have all heard of Airbnb and its model is one we all wish we had thought of. The app allows people to rent out their homes to travelers like us, giving us a sense of a home away from home. It’s often a bit less expensive than a hotel too and is available on both iOS and Android .

Not only can you rent an entire house for your stay, but you can also opt to rent a room giving you a local experience and the chance to get to know some people in the area. There’s also an option to book experiences which are events or activities that are available in your chosen destination.

Once you have found what you’re looking for, you can check hundreds of reviews about your intended booking to make sure it meets your standards. The interface is very easy to use, you can search based on all your requirements, and it displays it on a map for you, so you can see exactly where you might be staying.

  • Book a home away from home
  • Excellent interface and great searching
  • Chance to engage with the local culture
  • Save compared to a hotel
  • Book experiences in the area with a local guide

Booking.com

Booking.com is available on both iOS and Android and is one of the best travel apps for finding deals on your accommodation.

You can search around your intended area and see the best deals available in seconds. It works for advance bookings and last-minute ones too.

They have thousands of hotels, B&B’s, motels, and hostels linked to their app, and the comparison feature shows you the prices, reviews, amenities, and rating of all the accommodation options near where you want to stay.

The app has over 130 million reviews, so you’ll know exactly what to expect from each establishment to make your decision about whether it’s the place for you or not.

It’s an easy app to use, you can book in seconds without any fees, plus there is 24/7 customer support available too.

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  • Has one of the largest accommodation databases to give you the most options
  • Great for finding advanced and last minute deals
  • Easy to use with a great search feature
  • Booking is quick and easy with no fees
  • Provides a rating and a lot of reviews about every option

Getting Around

When you arrive at a new place you’ve never been before, there’s always that daunting feeling about getting lost. You naturally want to explore but you have to find out how to get from A to B, whether you can walk there, use public transport, do you need a taxi and so on. Luckily, there are some great apps to help you out.

Citymapper, available on both iOS and Android , is one of the best travel apps you can use to find and use public transport. It currently covers 41 cities worldwide and the list is ever-growing.

It’ll find your location if you let it, and then you simply add your destination into the search tool to find all you transportation options. You can even search by arrival time for your destination, showing you when you need to leave by so you’ll never be late.

The app lists the search results by journey time, departing time, cost, and includes public transport, walking, taxis, and floating brands like bicycles, moped, and car-sharing. You can even search for wheelchair-accessible options too.

If you’re on the bus, the Citymapper travel app will tell you when to get off, so you don’t miss your spot. This is really useful when riding around an area you don’t know.

  • Finds you all your transport options in 41 countries
  • Includes public transport, taxis, and walking
  • you can search by arrival time
  • Easy to use and displays results with all the details you may need
  • Includes searches for wheelchair accessibility, cycle, mopeds, and car sharing

Google Maps

Google Maps is one of the best map apps around. And its one of those must-have free travel apps too!

Available on both the iOS and Android app store, there is a never-ending list of things it can do and tell you about any given area on the planet.

The travel app will give you directions for car travel, walking, cycling, and public transport. While walking, cycling, or driving, it acts as a GPS, telling you when to turn and guiding you to your destination on the fastest route available. It even shows you high traffic areas and helps you avoid them.

When using public transport, the Google Maps app offers up departure times, costs, journey times, and a taxi option too. It’s a pretty reliable worldwide.

If you’re worried about data costs when abroad, you can also download offline maps for specific areas for use when you have no internet connection. So, you don’t have to rely on an internet connection to know where you are or what’s around you.

Not only can you search for how to get from A to B on Google Maps, but also find restaurants, bars, museums, hotels, attractions, and more. The app will also let you know how busy each place is in real-time, so you can wait for the crowds to leave before you get there.

There is now a Your Places page, which allows you to add, view and manage all your favorite places in one place.

  • GPS navigation for walking, cycling, and driving worldwide
  • Public transport options for all cities worldwide
  • Download map areas for use offline
  • Find anything around your from restaurants to hotels
  • Manage all your favorite places in the Your Places page

If you’re in need of a taxi, Uber is the most convenient app to use. Available on both the iOS and Android app store, it works in 65 countries and over 600 cities to bring reliable taxi services direct to your location.

The travel app saves you have to stand in the rain at a taxi rank or search for a reliable taxi service. All the drivers are rated by other users, so you can guarantee you’re in safe hands and you can share your trip, with all vehicle and driver information with a loved one.

You can request a car within minutes after knowing the rates, time of arrival, and choosing your desired vehicle and driver.

Once booked, you can track your car until it arrives and Uber will let you know when it’s outside. You can trip share or book your own private car, or split the fare with friends, all in the app.

This is a cashless service and everything is paid either via debit or credit card within the app, you can even leave a tip too.

  • Works in hundreds of cities
  • Request a car to your door
  • All drivers are rated to ensure a great service
  • Saves you having to search for reliable taxis in a new place
  • Track an follow your car, and share your trip details with others
  • Book a shared car, private car and split the fare with other passengers

Planning & Organisation

In this busy day and age, there is always something we forget when trying to get on the road for a vacation. It might be your snorkel gear, sun cream, or forgetting to download that book you wanted to read. These apps help you stay organized.

There are also travel apps to show you fun things to do at your destination. If you’re looking for a nice place to eat, some interesting activities to do, or simply want to know all your options so you can make a plan, these apps have you covered.

Life’s so busy that making lists has become the norm to ensure nothing is forgotten. The notes section of our phones are jam-packed with everything from shopping lists to to-do lists, and most likely your vacation packing list. But, what if your list was made for you?

Packpoint, a travel  app available on iOs and Android , takes the headache out of remembering everything. It looks at the weather for your dates and destination, asks you what activities you might be doing (like snorkeling), and then creates a packing list for you based on all this info.

You’ll end up with a list of everything you need to pack, along with general holiday items, which you can then edit. You can remove the things you don’t need, add extras, re-order items, and share your list with others.

  • It makes a packing list for you
  • Your list is based on the dates, weather and any activities you want to do
  • You can add, remove and re-order items
  • You can share your list with your travel partners

TripIt, available on both iOS and Android , takes all your travel plans and puts them in one place to give you a master itinerary for your entire trip.

Simply send all your email confirmations to the app and they put together a full itinerary for you that syncs to your calendar and can be shared with your travel partners. You can also store all your travel documents in the atravel pp, so you have everything in one place.

Gone are the days of remembering 8 different connections or looking in your email for multiple confirmations and travel details, Tiplt puts it all together for you in one place.

There is also an option to upgrade to the pro version for $49 per year, and it’s worth it if you fly a lot. The pro version gives you extra features like flight alerts, terminal info, security wait times, airport maps, directions, and a seat tracker that lets you know when better seats are available.

  • Creates a master itinerary for you
  • Stores all your travel documents in one place
  • Upgrade to Pro for awesome extra features
  • Simple and easy to use

TripAdvisor

TripAdvisor, available on iOS and Android , is THE travel app when it comes to information on what’s around you, travel tips, and independent reviews of everything from bars to airlines. The best thing about it is that it works in every country in the world, and it should be on every traveler’s smartphone.

You can search through millions of reviews, pictures, and videos about everything you might use or like to visit. The cover most things from hotels, activities, restaurants, bars, and more.

You can use the Near Me search to find the top reviewed establishments close by, ask travel questions to people who have already been there, and add your own photos and reviews.

It also allows you to access your own travel feed, get ideas for travel, request expert advice, and find friends.

  • Gives you access to a worldwide database on what's around you
  • Provides independents reviews and media about every establishment
  • Useful search features like Near Me
  • You can ask questions for advice or knowledge
  • Upload your own media and reviews

Learning Languages

There is no better way to enjoy your travels than being able to speak to the locals. Whether it is just ordering at a restaurant, or making new friends in your accommodation, it always pays to learn as much as you can.

Babbel is one of the leaders in online language learning, and a great way to immerse yourself in a new language before or during your travels.

The Babbel App is actually just a way to access language courses on your phone. They also provide access online, if you prefer to do it that way.

Their lessons are very practical and immersive and not heavy on the grammar or other things that typically turn us off (or bore us) when learning a language.

If you want to learn a new language for your next trip, this is a great way to do it.

  • Practical and efficient language learning
  • Great for beginner or intermediate
  • Focus on learning the language fast
  • Lots of learning options
  • Access on App or Website

Google Translate

The Google Translate app is one of the most helpful travel apps  when you are in a foreign country and have no clue how to speak the local language.

So, if you are talking to a local and need a translation, just allow Google Translate to listen in and tell you what they are saying. It can do the opposite as well, so you can get a two-way conversation going.

It provides a huge range of helpful services. Starting with the ability to literally translate people’s speech (over 100 languages) as well as scanning documents, menus and images.

You can download it on the app store either for your iPhone or Android phone.

Our Top Combo

As you can see, we have labeled our top picks of the best travel apps in the review and we suggest you download them. But if you only want a couple of them, here we are going to imagine that you can only download three, and tell you which combination of apps would be the most useful.

If you can only download three, we would suggest Kayak , Google Maps , and Trip Advisor . With these three apps, you can book everything you need for your vacation, find your way around on your holiday, and know all the fun and tasty things to do too. All the apps are global too, so you’ll be covered no matter where you are on the planet.

The combo covers you with almost all your travel needs from flights, hotels, car hire, public transport, and SatNav, to know of and be able to book every bar, restaurant, or activity around you.

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Our team of experts can assess your app and provide you with valuable feedback. We’re up to date with industry trends, so we can help you fix any performance issues and introduce popular new features and UX improvements.

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Our UI/UX experts and designers create outstanding interfaces that are both stunning and efficient. Make your customers’ journeys through your app smooth and satisfying.

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Triggering alerts in specified scenarios can take your marketing strategy to new heights. Suggest new trails for avid skiers or beaches for surfers, offer discounts for your regulars, and create tailored personalized propositions for different demographics.

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Seamlessly integrate an app with your current booking system

Give users the same experience wherever they are by integrating your mobile app with your booking system. Customers can create new bookings, amend existing ones, and pay for their trips quickly and securely on their preferred device.

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Ensure your app functions offline

Mobile applications store data on users’ devices, so they can be used anywhere, anytime, even without internet connection. We know how to keep your customers connected in all locations, whether on a secluded beach or in the air.

How an app can help your travel company

A mobile app for travel agency is a valuable asset to a company. Some of the best travel agency apps have already transformed the way companies like Booking Holdings, Airbnb, and TripAdvisor operate. Now’s the time to make one for your business.

Reach new audiences

Expanding your digital presence through a mobile channel opens doors to new markets and customer segments. Connect with moden travelers who prefer managing their travel plans and booking flights on the go.

Boost revenue

Provide a convenient platform for travelers to book their trips, enabling upselling and cross-selling opportunities, and offering targeted promotions and discounts. We’ve seen our apps boost rebooking rates and lifetime value numbers for our travel industry clients.

Increase brand awareness

With your logo always present on customers’ screens, your app helps ensure your company is the first thing that comes to mind when booking a business trip, vacation, or other travel-related service.

Improve customer service

Provide exceptional service with features like real-time 24/7 chat support, personalized recommendations, and real-time updates. Help them if they miss connections or face any other inconveniences.

Reduce employee workload

Automate routine tasks and streamline operations (e.g. sending relevant status updates) with a mobile app. This reduces the workload on your staff, allowing them to focus on more critical aspects of the business.

Increase customer engagement

Mobile apps help you boost customer engagement through personalized offers, real-time updates, social media integration, a trip journal, loyalty programs, and feedback mechanisms.

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We build concierge apps for luxury travel agencies, booking apps for online travel agencies (OTAs), and other apps for business travel and niche travel agents offering unique travel destinations.

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Unlock a powerful B2C channel to reach end customers directly. Convert your existing web app and offer holiday packages to a broader audience.

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Leverage an app to showcase inventory for online booking. Allow travelers to book tours without a middleman.

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Facts about mobile apps for travel

Expected increase in global revenue of travel apps

According to Statista, the global revenue of travel apps is set to increase by 59% by 2027.

Share of mobile traffic in the travel segment

Statista’s research shows that around 60% of all online traffic in the travel segment comes from mobile devices.

Share of users who never delete a travel app

According to Travelport, around 66% of travelers never stop using or delete a travel app.

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70% of US travelers prefer mobile over PC for trip planning, so they can receive booking updates, according to Statista.

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Around 60% of reservations on Booking.com are made through mobile devices.

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Reach out to Zoftify today using our contact form. Our team of experts will help you assess your project, understand how the mobile travel app development process works in detail, and get an estimate of costs. We have extensive experience in today’s travel industry and understand the technological nuances, so you can count on us to share the best travel app development practices with you.

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What features will my travel app include.

Here at Zoftify, we build custom travel mobile apps, so we’ll work with you to create whatever is most beneficial for your customers and your business. Usually the key features of travel agency apps are booking modules, itinerary planners, search tools, customer support systems, and secure payment gateways.

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Absolutely! It is safe to share your ideas with us. Before we start working on any branded app for a travel agency, we sign a non-disclosure agreement (NDA).

What are the best travel application features for users?

Travel agency apps are specifically designed to suit mobile device users' needs: they are quicker, better looking, and far more functional than travel sites. Apps offer unique features like flight status updates and real time alerts for gate changes, daily itineraries and trip journals, offline maps, quick payments, and unparalleled personalization.

In an app, users can conveniently book hotels and make reservations on the go, access car rentals, view trip details, maps and itineraries, and access travel guides and reviews at any time, wherever they are in the world.

Can apps integrate with other travel-related platforms?

Yes, our apps can integrate with various travel-related platforms and services, from airline reservation systems and hotel booking engines to car rental services, travel insurance providers, and GDS data systems that give you access to comprehensive travel information.

Zoftify also ensures full, seamless integration of its products into your company's workflows, so you end up with tools that your team can use to their full potential from day one.

How can travel agents benefit from travel applications?

Apps can automate several processes, giving you more free time to run your business and saving your employees from manual, routine tasks. Online check-ins and e-signatures are just some of the key features designed to help travel agents save time, keeping you completely free from needless hassle and countless emails and PDF format files.

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Best travel apps 2023, according to Apple. You'll want to bookmark this.

Apple's App Store editors came together and picked the best travel apps of 2023 — 20 in total.

Some may be familiar to you already, including Airbnb , Lyft, Uber , Hopper, Yelp , Tripadvisor, and KAYAK. Plus, Apple spotlighted some popular swift-entry apps, including CLEAR and MyTSA, but what about the remaining 11?

Here are Apple's favorite apps for iPhone-owning travel enthusiasts.

The best travel apps of 2023, according to Apple

Apple slapped an Editor's Choice award on Flighty because of its informative, comprehensive flight maps and top-tier forecasting on delays.

But what the Cupertino-based tech giant really digs about this app is its "perfectly timed notifications that keep you up to date and stress free." Plus, it tells you when you should be heading to the airport, explains exactly which runway you'll be on, and delves into details about your plane.

Not only do users find it helpful for tracking their own flights, but it's useful for keeping an eye on your incoming friends and relatives.

2. Currenzy

Based on its name, it's not difficult to determine what this app can do. As you might have guessed, Currenzy facilitates currency conversion calculations. (Whew, how's that for alliteration?)

If you're shopping in a foreign country, or you can't make sense of the prices on the menu items in a restaurant, the Currenzy app comes in handy, making it Apple's top pick for travel apps.

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One of the most head-scratching questions you must answer during your travels is, "Where the hell do I eat?"

As a foreigner, you often have no idea which restaurants serve the best food. You can rely on TripAdvisor and Yelp for reviews, but if you're a gastronomy connoisseur, you may want to consider using the Michelin Guide app to book reservations with the best eateries in the world.

If you find yourself in a country that doesn't have the most reliable public transportation, or you simply want the freedom of driving everywhere without depending on taxis, Turo is beneficial for you.

Touted as "the largest peer-to-peer car-sharing marketplace," Touro is the Airbnb of the car-rental market. Hosts all over the world lend their cars to travelers seeking to explore new surroundings in a rental. You can choose between a rugged truck or a more luxe, smoother ride.

5. GasBuddy

If you're going to be using Turo, you might as well download GasBuddy , too.

This app helps you find the cheapest gas stations near your location, which is helpful for saving a few bucks. Traveling is already expensive, so if you can spare some change, it will add up in your favor in the end.

TripIt serves as an all-in-one hub for your travel plans. So instead of looking at one app for your flight details and another for your accommodation information, you can forward your confirmation emails to TripIt.

As a result, all of your travel plans, including flight, car rental information, and restaurant reservations, are organized in one place.

If you don't care for rentals nor taxis, and you prefer e-scooters, the Bird app is your friend.

Bird landed on Apple's "best travel app" list because it lets users get access to e-scooters in over 350 cities around the world.

8. HotelTonight

HotelTonight does something called "Daily Drops"; it notifies you about steep discounts on hotels.

According to the Editor's Notes in the Apple App Store, HotelTonight discovers unsold rooms at tempting prices — with a seamless and streamlined interface to boot.

9. SpotHero

Beneficial to travelers who plan to drive in busy cities, SpotHero helps you find parking spots — and reserve them, too.

This way, you don't have to worry about the headache of discovering garages and parking lots in unfamiliar, heavily populated cities.

10. RoadTrippers

There's even an app for adventurous travelers who prefer roadtripping. Catering to users in U.S. and Canada, this app caught Apple's eye because it has a whopping 38 million pre-planned trips.

As such, you can use the RoadTrippers app to use pre-made trip guides for a smooth-sailing journey from A to B.

11. Mobile Passport by Airside

If you've been traveling abroad, and you want to regain entry into the United States, this app — Mobile Passport by Airside — streamlines the process with mobile passport control.

Through the app, you can submit your travel documents and details to U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP). Once you're approved, you'll get an encrypted QR code that you can show the CBP officer.

Look for the mobile passport control sign at the airport and you'll find that your entry will go a lot smoother. You'll wonder why you didn't know about this app sooner.

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How do i get to the hotel from vnukovo airport.

By taxi The drive from Vnukovo Airport to the Best Western Vega Hotel takes 50-90 minutes, depending on traffic. Official airport taxis should cost around $60, or you can order a transfer with a driver to meet your flight here .

By train Aeroexpress trains run from Vnukovo Airport Station to Kiev Railway Station in central Moscow. Trains run on the hour from 6am to 12am daily, the journey takes 35-40 minutes, and adult single tickets cost roughly $11. Child tickets, family tickets and first-class tickets are also available. From Kievskaya Metro Station, it is a direct journey eight stops east on the dark-blue line to Partizanskaya Metro Station, which is around 100 m from the Best Western Vega Hotel.

By bus From the stop across the car park at Terminal D (domestic flights) at Vnukovo, bus services run to Yugo-Zapadnaya Metro Station on the outskirts of Moscow. Regular buses (611 and 611c) run from 5.30am to 12.50am daily every 10-15 minutes and take under 25 minutes to reach the metro. Tickets cost $3-4. There are also faster and slightly more expensive marshrutka minibus shuttles (611b and 45) running from 7am to 11pm. From Yugo Zapadnaya, at the end of the red line, travel north nine stops to Okhotny Ryad. Change to the dark-blue line, and continue east five stops to Partizanskaya Metro Station, which is less than five minutes' walk from the Best Western Vega Hotel.

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