By Benét J. Wilson, DJTF co-chair, Online Managing Editor-Business Aviation, Aviation Week Group
Those who know me know that I’m not only an aviation journalist, but I’m also an aviation/travel geek (you can see my personal writing on this over at AviationQueen.com). As we all prepare to travel to Philadelphia next week for the National Association of Black Journalists’ Annual Convention and Career Fair, I thought I’d share the top five travel apps on my iPhone that can help you organize your travel to and from Philly. All are free, unless otherwise noted.
- Gate Guru. This app was featured in an Apple iPhone TV commercial. It gives locations and user reviews (including mine as Aviation Queen) of retail, restaurants and services at airports across the country. I was in Atlanta last week and needed a drug store at Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport. Gate Guru told me that Drugs & More was there, pre-security, in the atrium. Nice!! And when you have a tight connection and want to make sure you get something to eat for the plane ride, this app is a godsend.
- Currency Converter, by Oanda. This app converts currencies from the Afghan Afghani to the Zimbabwe Dollar, quickly and easily — so I don’t have to!
- I HEART Travel Packing ($1.99). Kids, my mind isn’t what it used to be, so I need all the help I can get. Believe me, it is NOT fun to realize you’ve reached your destination and forgotten to pack underwear (yes, this has happened to me). This app has sample lists for men and women; it also allows you to create your own list and create a master catalog where you can drag items for new lists.
- Next Flight ($2.99). Let’s say you’re at JFK Airport and your flight to San Francisco is delayed or canceled. What do you do? Go to this app, type in the city-pair and it will tell you what airlines have the next flights going there. Call your airline (using the Flight Sites app for the phone number), give them the options and voila-you’re on your way, while the rest of the crowd is standing around the gate agent desk praying they get on a flight.
- FareCompare. This app gives you real-time air fare alerts from the city of your choice. As of this morning at 10:08, I can go to Boston for $107. It will let you post the fare you found on your favorite social media outlet. It will even take you right to Orbitz to book the flight.
So what apps am I missing? What travel apps are on your smartphone?