Expert Flyer Hot Topics – Where the Rubber Meets the Runway
Last week, in part two of our three-part series with Money Crashers personal finance blog editor, Andrew Schrage, we uncovered more practical money-saving strategies for business and occasional travelers. In this week’s series finale, we hope you stock up your smartphones with Andrew’s resourceful travel app picks – Enjoy!
What are the smartphone travel apps that our readers should NOT leave home without?
Although I know I got by just fine before the recent leaps in technology, I would be lost without my smartphone while traveling, especially when I visit unfamiliar towns. The amount of time my smartphone, and my favorite apps save me, is truly priceless. For food, I like the Foodspotting app. It gives you the best local restaurants and even recommends the best dishes at each establishment. Also, I need access to the Internet virtually 24 hours a day, so another app I use a lot is called Free Wi-Fi Finder. With this app, I never have to pay for Internet access while traveling.
To plan my trip, two of the best free travel apps are TripAdvisor and Kayak. Both are virtual one-stop shops for all my travel planning needs, like finding the best airline ticket deals. For real road warriors, business travelers and frequent fliers, check out the ExpertFlyer mobile app. If you sign up as a premium member for only $9.99 a month, you can find Flight Status, Flight Availability, Seat Maps or other mobile flight search information using high-end PDA, smartphones and Blackberry devices, as well as simple web-enabled cell phones.
Believe it or not, I also utilize the Google Earth app for my travel. With this, I can zero in on a hotel or other point of interest to check out exactly where theyre located, how far they might be from the beach, and lots of other nifty details.
Finally, sometimes it can be extremely difficult to keep track of the best tips and strategies for getting discounted airfares. There are some apps offered by popular airlines, like Delta and United, that can offer you guidance in this area, including how to get free flights for travel if you are in a difficult bind, such as getting bumped off a flight or if you were poorly treated by an airline representative.