14 Useful Travel Apps for iPhone & iPad

May 26, 2012

Summer is upon us and we’ve picked out the top travel apps to help you plan the best trip at the most affordable price. From booking tour packages to finding the lowest priced gas to fill up your rental car, we’ve got you covered. Check out our list and let us know which app is most useful to you on our comments section. 

Jetsetter - for iPad

  • Exclusive travel deals up to 50% off
  • Insider access to the world’s best hotels, vacation homes and tour packages
  • Read first-hand reviews and enjoy panoramic photography
View on iTunes

Hipmunk - for iPhone & iPad

  • Flight search results presented by level of “agony” not necessarily price
  • See all the relevant flights on a timeline
  • Hotel results shown on a map for easy location visual
  • Heatmaps show best areas for interests such as food, landmarks and nightlife
View on iTunes

priceline - for iPhone & iPad

  • Compare and save on hotel bookings and car rentals
  • “Name Your Own Price” can save you up to 60% on hotels and 40% on cars
  • Exclusive “Tonight-Only” deals at select hotels
  • iPhone app exclusive rental car discounts
View on iTunes

KAYAK Mobile - for iPhone & iPad

  • Compare flight, car and hotel deals
  • Track your flight status
  • View and manage your trip itinerary
  • In-app upgrade for airport terminal maps
  • Shake to select random travel destinations
View on iTunes

Cruise Finder - for iPhone & iPad

  • Live online pricing, availability and booking
  • Hot cruise deals including last minute, senior and holiday offers
  • Detailed cruise info on 20 cruise lines and over 220 ships
  • Over 12,000 itineraries with day-to-day descriptions and route maps
View on iTunes

Hotel Tonight - for iPhone & iPad

  • Same day hotel deals up to 70% off
  • Fast and easy bookings until 2am
  • Up to 3 deals each night in select cities
  • More cities added every month
View on iTunes

Airbnb - for iPhone

  • A community marketplace connecting people with those who have space for rent
  • Over 150,000 rental listings in 19,000 cities and 190 countries
  • A variety of accommodations at any price point
  • Last minute bookings available
  • Find out what your place is worth
View on iTunes

TripAdvisor - for iPhone & iPad

  • Over 60 million reviews and opinions from real travelers
  • Find hotels, restaurants and attractions in any destination
  • Millions of photos taken by travelers
  • Find options by current location or enter an address
View on iTunes

TripIt - for iPhone & iPad

  • Organizes your travel confirmation emails into one itinerary
  • Recognizes emails from anywhere you book when you forward to [email protected]
  • Share trip plans on Facebook and LinkedIn
View on iTunes

WorldMate Gold - for iPhone & iPad

  • Organizes your trip, provides real-time flight alerts and more
  • iPhone hotel booking
  • iPhone limo reservations
  • Local search powered by Yelp
  • Currency converter and tip calculator with global guide
View on iTunes

FlightBoard - for iPhone & iPad

  • Get arrival and departure flight info in real-time
  • Over 4,000 airports and 1,400 airlines worldwide
  • Info updated every 5 minutes
  • Share flight info via Twitter, Facebook and email
View on iTunes

GateGuru - for iPhone

  • Tracks your flight in real-time
  • Real-time airport security wait-times
  • Provides list of amenities in 125 airports worldwide with reviews
  • Share flight status on Facebook, Twitter, Foursquare and Gowalla
View on iTunes

Rental Car Sites - for iPhone

  • Find car rental sites near your current location
  • App links to national car rental company websites
  • Destination information including attractions, dining and more provided by Sojern
View on iTunes

GasBuddy - for iPhone

  • Find the cheapest current gas price near you
  • Earn points when you report a gas price toward prize give-aways
  • Gas prices for USA and Canada
View on iTunes

Bonus App

SeatGuru by TripAdvisor - for iPhone

  • Find low airfares
  • Pick your seat on the plane with access to over 700 seat maps from 100+ airlines
  • Get real-time flight alerts
  • Read passenger reviews
View on iTunes


Image credit: Todd Barnard

  • QTraveler

    ** From the developer of Packing Pro **How can you travel without first packing? Apple agrees, and has recently featured “Packing Pro” in its “Plan Your Vacation” promotion. It’s current ranking in the paid U.S. App Store Travel section is #5 for iPad and #13 for iPhone. Never forget to pack anything again! 

    • http://MichaelApproved.com/ MichaelApproved

      Thanks for the suggestion, here’s the link to Packing Pro on iTunes http://bit.ly/KTZRTx

  • http://etrigg.com etrigg™

    Nice infos. A great traveller’s location based app for finding events worth mentioning is etrigg.com – it’s free and available on all platforms as it’s web based, ultra-light and fast.

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