Really great flight and travel tools
Amazing travel links:
- TheFlightDeal – Best site for getting the current super deals from your home city.
- Kiwi.com – not sure where you want to go? Check out a live map of cheap fares from anywhere to anywhere.
- Hitlistapp.com – If you’re destination- and/or date-agnostic and just want a great deal, use this. Works especially well on short notice.
- Skyscanner.net – If you’re not set on your destination, use the “everywhere” destination search to search … everywhere.
- Seatguru.com – Indispensable for previewing the indignities of your chosen seat on any specific flight.
- Loungebuddy – Review, preview and purchase access to lounges at airports here and abroad — both members-only and those offering walk-up entry.
- Airgrub – Pay by app, then pick up your meal on the way to the gate — it’ll even apply discounts for alliance members where applicable.
- Mobile Passport – Skip the largely unliked MyTSA app and install this instead — it’ll get you through immigration a lot faster, as long as the airport you arrive at (there are 21) has a separate line handling Mobile Passport folks.
- GateGuru – From delay notifications to gate-proximate directions to the closest Starbucks, this aims to streamline your journey from airport entry to jetway.
- AirportParkingReservations – A fast and holistic way to book discounted parking near your airport of choice.
Finding something to do:
- Airbnb: Experiences – The room-booking behemoth’s next big play: Use it to plan outings and activities.
- Spotted by Locals – Travel guide apps are a dime a dozen, but a commitment to locals’ perspective guarantees a unique mix of picks.
- Party With a Local – Like meetup.com except only for parties. It might be the fastest way to connect with locals looking to mingle.
- Google Translate – Little known fact: Everybody’s favorite desktop translator offers downloadable packs in 52 languages, from Afrikaans to Welsh
- Citymapper – The indispensable tool for navigating a city and public transport — use it once and you’ll forget Google Maps ever existed.
- Google Trips – An easy, intuitive way to get recs for nearby restaurants and attractions — plus it’ll organize all your travel details in one place.
- Hotspot Shield – Free VPN – can help you watch shows overseas as in your own geo.
- WhatsApp – There are dozens of ways to connect with friends and locals, but this might be the most popular and most convenient — call home over a wifi connection and you might be surprised at the (high) quality of the reception.
Twitter account to follow for blooper fares and flash sales
D. Instagram Accounts From Sexy Pilots
18. Pilot Maria
19. Fly Malin