We all have that friend who always seems to know the easiest way to get around a city, how to get the best seat on the plane, or how to cash in their perks for upgrades at hotels around the world. If you’re feeling jealous, never fear: These apps help give you the insiders’ advantage, whether you’re booking a trip or already in the middle of your journey.
One of the most beloved insider-tip apps around, SeatGuru is a guide to the best—and worst—seats on various flights. For example, the app might steer you away from the tempting exit row (due to its non-reclining seats), in favor of a rear row option because that plane offers rear exit at landing. The app has grown to include travel planning as well, with booking options and flight status options—but the encyclopedic seating advice is really all we need.
The mobile version of the popular booking site is actually better than the desktop version, especially if you’re using a tablet. It has a streamlined interface that makes zipping through travel dates and options faster—you can flip through tabs of cars, hotels and flights and it auto-populates fields based on your last search—and also offers the option of booking travel directly through the site.
At this point, we’ve lost count of how many loyalty programs we belong to—and with consolidation and bankruptcies, who knows how many miles you have? Make your life easier by taking a half hour, getting your account information together, and inputting the details into AwardWallet. The app keeps your information in one place, and has a clean interface that works even without an Internet connection.
Much as we love Google Maps, we’ve come to love Galileo for instant access to reliable maps without needing a wireless signal. Before heading abroad, you can download detailed maps about a specific country. Once you’re there, since the map is already on your phone, you can use GPS to navigate without a hitch and even capture your wanderings for later use with a simple Record button.
SOURCE: CONDE NAST TRAVELER