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Arm yourself with useful Mose digital tools before your next trip
Travel can be very stressful this year. As airlines, airports and all other aspects of the industry try to recover from two years of stagnation, the challenges of growth have widened and we must start every travel experience preparing for the worst.
In recent weeks, we have been looking for ways will help the travel day go more smoothly for you and your family, packing light, using only carry-on luggage and many other tricks to cut through the chaos, but there is one aspect that deserves special attention – travel apps.
Some should be travel enthusiasts downloaded long before covid was on our radar, but others will be especially useful in the current travel climate.
Here’s our list of the travel apps you’ll need to tackle this year’s chaos.
1. The app of whatever airline you fly
It is very important to have as much data about your flights at hand as possible. Downloading your carrier’s app and creating a subscription is the first step to being prepared for your flying days.
On a perfect day, you can check in on the app, get your boarding pass and choose your seat without any problems. On a bad day, you can quickly find out when your flight is postponed or cancelled, see your options right away and start solving problems before everyone else who doesn’t have this app. Just a few minutes can be the difference between being delayed an hour or five hours.
Downloading FlightAware as double security gives you all the flight information you might need, even if Delta or American are slower to report their problems. By connecting your flight the day before departure, you’ll be able to receive regular updates on where your plane is.
Flight delay? Notification. Knock on time and into the goal? Notification.
A far greater benefit is making sure loved ones have it too. If you are being picked up from the airport, you may not be able to contact them until boarding. They will be able to see if your flight is on time and won’t be lying around arrivals for two hours.
Delays happen sometimes, and with airports this busy, finding an uncomfortable seat for six hours while you eat overpriced airport food is a nightmare for most. Many travelers have no idea they have access to the rooms with certain credit cards or that many have day passes available.
Loungebuddy lets you find out which lounges are available to you, based on which cards you hold, which airline you’re flying with, and whether you can just pay the fare. Even if you have to pay to enter, the price may not be as high as the combination of food that you will pay for the long wait. Believe me, it is much more convenient.
If you’re a frequent traveler, Priority Pass might be worth looking into. It gives you access to hundreds of rooms around the world. However, it is more expensive, so only do it if you frequent airports. Also check your credit card benefits, as many have some version of a priority pass membership.
When the worst happens and your flight is cancelled, you often feel desperate. With thousands of others facing the same fate as you, the wait for the airline to accommodate you can take forever. If you don’t want to wait for someone else and you know you can claim hotel on your insurance or credit card, take HotelTonight and find your own cheap digs.
The app shows significant discounts on empty hotel rooms that night. Since they are empty, the hotel wants to fill them as soon as possible so that you can take advantage of the much lower prices. You should still be covered if you do everything right, but you may not have to stay at a subpar hotel. It’s also great if you want to go last minute too
5. Google Maps and Google Translate
They should never leave your phone. Language barriers, unfamiliar territory, and general helplessness after a hard day’s travel are enough to make anyone jump. Google’s Maps & Translator travel duo is your light in the dark.
There is a huge amount of information in Maps, not just directions. Restaurants, pharmacies, traffic, hours of operation, traffic updates and many other features. The translator can translate words in real time using your phone’s camera. It can also speak for you if your abilities are not up to par. Perfect for communicating with airport workers in another country or negotiating with a taxi driver.
Organization is key when traveling, but many of us still insist on taking our little binder with us everywhere. Sure, there are physical things you need, like passports, but all of your bookings, reservations, flight and tour details can be stored in one app like TripIt.
You can set TripIt to sync with your email or simply send details to your account as they are planned. In return, you’ll get an easy-to-read itinerary, links to any travel or booking forms, and you can even share it with others on your trip.
There are so many others to find and use, so try out a few different apps and see which one best complements your travel style.
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