Everything about flying
Well, everything except the part before
you fly. A lot of things can make you want to scream in frustration while waiting at the airport: bad weather, long lines, rowdy crowds. We could go on, but instead, we’ll do you a solid and tell you about the apps we turn to fix everything from a growling stomach to jet lag. You’re on your phone already, right? Here are the seven we always keep on our home screens.
1. iFly Pro ($4.99 for Apple; $6.99 for Android)
Yes, this app is a bit pricey—at $4.99 for Apple users and $6.99 for Android users—but it’s worth every penny. iFly Pro has in-depth information on more than 700 airports from around the world. This includes in-terminal navigation, flight statuses, parking rates, layover ideas and details on services and amenities near you.
2. GateGuru (Free)
Within seconds, this free app pulls out information on shops, restaurants and other amenities in both domestic and international airports. GateGuru has solid partnerships with airport management companies from around the world, so rest assured that most of its information is reliable and up-to-date.
The app has other fun features, too. For example, there’s Your Travel Stats, where you can check your mileage, the number of airports you’ve visited and other flight-related statistics. You can even compare your numbers with that of other GateGuru users, and see how you rank against them.
3. LoungeBuddy (Free)
Hate waiting more than anything else? LoungeBuddy has you covered, with its ability to spit out information on lounge areas near you, using information like your elite status with an airline—or lack thereof—lounge memberships and itinerary details. Also, the app allows you to post photos of and review a lounge for the sake of fellow travelers—and future reference. The best part? The app is free for both iPhone and Android users.
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