App in the Air
“App” in the Air. Get it? Okay, it may be a gimmicky name, but there is a reason this app is an Editor’s Choice on the App Store. The app gives you real-time flight updates, gate changes, airport navigation maps and tips, meaning you will never find yourself frantically running through an airport terminal again. Trying to find those big boards can be a nightmare when you’re panicking, and you don’t want to head in the wrong direction to locate one either.
One of its best features is that you can still receive updates offline so you’ll incur no roaming charges if using the app abroad.
We get that this is for a specific airline, but as British Airways flies direct from Cayman to the U.K., it makes sense to include it. It is also a surprisingly good app, with lots of information you’ll find useful and easy to navigate.
It allows you to book flights, check-in, choose seats, and download a digital boarding pass so you don’t have to go near a printer or check-in desk if you only have hand luggage.
The app also has live departure gate and in flight information, meaning you can choose which movies to watch while you wait for your flight to board.
Cleartrip is an app for booking flights, hotels and trains. Cleartrip was originally founded in India, and while its success means it now has over 10 million users worldwide, there are still regions it doesn’t support so make sure to check you’re in a supported region.
With the capability for securely storing card information, you can do 1-click purchase of plane tickets, meaning you can choose between deals then purchase tickets, all in 60 seconds. This is a valuable tool when good prices can disappear in a trice.
Cleartrip can search for the best deals on hotel rooms in over 15,000 cities worldwide, too.
TripAdvisor is the app to use if user reviews are your thing. The app has over 500 million user reviews for hotels, restaurants, and events. Users can rate, write and even photograph, so if you want the full picture before you decide to book somewhere, this is the app for you.
Once you’ve ploughed through all those reviews, you can book a table, a concert, a plane ticket, all through the app.
You can also download maps, saved destinations, and reviews so that if you want to wait until you’re abroad to make final decisions, you can do so without incurring roaming charges.