“Mobile Passport” – Breeze Through Immigration With a Selfie
I can’t stress how important this app is to download for anyone who wants to save time and not stand in unnecessary line-ups after a long flight. All you have to do is download the Mobile Passport app, take a selfie and fill out a few basic questions and wallah! It’s fast, convenient and efficient, especially when at U.S./Canadian customs.
“Google Translate” – Speak To Anyone
Whether you speak English or Spanglish -thanks to Google Translate you can now download the app and speak your native language and have it translate into a foreign language for free! I especially use this app when I’m in an Uber or asking for directions in places like Central and South America.
“Hopper” – Best for Fare-Watching
Hopper analyzes billions of airfare and hotel prices a day, as well as historical data to tell you whether to wait or book your trip.
Here’s how it works: Type in your destination and a color-coded calendar will show you the cheapest (and most expensive) dates to fly. Hopper will then recommend whether you should go ahead and buy now, or hold off until the rates get better.
“Google Trips” – Best for Making an Itinerary
The app’s “getting around” feature provides tips on how to get from the airport to your destination, while the “need to know” tab gives general info on things like emergency and hospital services, shopping districts, currency, tipping, and where to find Wi-Fi.
“Kayak” – Best for Filtering Airlines and Hotels
KAYAK aggregates the best fares from most airlines, allowing you to filter flight options based on your airline preference and departure times, while easily changing dates and destinations. You can also look for car rentals and hotels.
“TripIt” – Best for Sharing Your Plans
For a premium service, TripIt Pro ($49/year) boosts your organizing power with additional features. These include real-time flight alerts, refund notifications, and the ability to track reward points and miles as well as a currency converter, a list of socket and plug requirements, tipping advice, and more, for 180 countries.
“LoungeBuddy” – Instant Access to Airport VIP Lounges for Everyone
Using this exciting app, whether you are flying economy or business – you can organize your elite status and credit cards to see which lounges you have access to or which ones without a credit card you can access for a one-time fee.
“SkyScanner” – Best for Finding Unexpected Destinations
Skyscanner’s “everywhere” feature allows you to look for surprising destinations simply by sorting by your budget and your travel timeframe.
“GateGuru” – Security Wait Estimator, Gate Change and Delay Notifier, and General Airport Guide
When in transit, you’ll get up to the minute notifications about security wait times, flight delays, gate changes, amenities and more.
“Hound from SoundHound” – Best Voice Controlled App
SoundHound is a voice assistant app that you can chat with like you would a travel agent.
“Rome2rio” – Best for Globetrotters
With data from over 160 countries, Rome2rio is one of the most comprehensive global travel resources. Simply enter any address, landmark, or city as your destination and the app displays info about accommodations and things to do.
“Trabee Pocket” – Best for Budgeting
Perfect for the business traveler who needs to track spending and receipts—or anyone who likes to stay on top of budgets—this app also has a helpful exchange rate calculator.
“JetCost” – the best deal from online travel agencies
Flight comparison site Jetcost launched its new app and it actually makes searching for flights kind of fun and is highly interactive, getting smarter every time you use it.
Open the app, and search when (and where) you want to go. You’ll then see the best offers from hundreds of airlines and online travel agencies like CheapOair and JustFly, with the option to filter results by flight duration, layovers, travel class, departure time, and carriers you don’t, well, care for.
“LOLA” – the Futuristic Travel Agent
Lola is the future of travel booking, where you send simple messages like “I need a flight to Italy and a hotel” in a Social Media Messenger style conversation, by using AI Technology to accommodate your travel profile, preferences and tastes.