There are number of travel apps these days cluttering the Android and Apple marketplaces — and that’s a problem, as most of them are not usefull at all. It’s not the most fun you’ll ever have with your smartphone to pick out useless ones from those worth downloading, but no one wants to pay for a pointless device.
Instead of spending a week of your life downloading useless junk app, if you have a trip coming up, start with these Top 5 travel apps instead:
1) Lounge Buddy
LoungeBuddy tells you which lounges you can use at any airport after entering your credit card, airline status, and lounge memberships. Even for people like me who don’t have anything like that, the app always lets you know about any free lounges or lounges you can buy for a passing day. It is sleek, user-friendly and safe!
Get it for IOS
If you’ve ever felt the pain of a delayed or cancelled flight, or you’ve been denied boarding due to overbooking, AirHelp will be up your alley. In such cases, all U.S. and EU regulations provide for compensation, although the specifics vary. Nonetheless, it is a complicated process, and obviously, less than 1% of passengers entitled to compensation will ever get it.
This app makes the process quick and you can do something in a few minutes while you’re still waiting at the airport. Simply enter your flight information and some specifics about the problem, and the company will take care of the rest. They take 25 percent of the payout if the claim is good and you get the rest.
The Hostelworld app has done all the usual things an accommodation booking app would have done like searches, details, filters and looks particularly good while doing so. The interactive full-screen map makes it easy to figure out whether the hostel you like is anywhere near where you want to be, while those crucial reviews are just a tap away.
Airbnb helps you to rent from the locals individual rooms, couches or an entire apartment. I love Airbnb because between hostels and hotels it’s a happy medium to stay in. Besides, if you stay with local hosts, you’ll still get the social aspect of a hostel. The app does everything the website does but at the tip of your fingers. I consider this a lot more effective way to communicate with your host.
Skyscanner is the best way to find cheap flights. The mobile app scans millions of flights from more than 1,200 sources and then shows you the best available choices (whether it’s the cheapest or the easiest route). The useful chart function allows you to look at the cheapest days or months to travel to your destination and sends you notification of price changes.
The Skyscanner app is available here.