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21 new travel apps

29 Feb 2016 by Clement Huang
Airound Airound records how many miles and hours you have spent flying, logging every journey you have made via GPS. Open the app when you board, turn on flight mode and then, on landing, turn off flight mode for an automatic calculation. You can organise your travels according to frequency or duration, map routes, and input flight numbers and aircraft types. US$1.99; Apple   Amadeus Mobile Messenger Designed for companies that employ travel managers, this piece of software is similar to Safeture in that it helps to mitigate risk by flagging up location-specific issues that could be a danger. It also provides a direct line to your employer back home, and can be used to monitor spend and policy compliance. Tracking technology shows your manager exactly where you are (reassuring for some, invasive for others). Android, Apple, Blackberry, Windows   Booking Now Hotel reservation site booking.com has launched Booking Now, which uses geolocation software to show properties nearby with rooms available. It lists more than 600,000 hotels worldwide with images and reviews. You also get directions, Apple’s Passbook integration and offline access to save on data. Pay for a room in just two taps. Android, Apple   FLIO Launched in August 2015 in partnership with 20 airports (and another 200 by the end of that year), Flio offers one-touch connectivity to free airport wifi, as well as discounts and offers at airside shops and eateries. There’s also advice for navigating terminals, as well as the ability to book extras such as lounge access and transport. Android, Apple   Four Seasons The hotel group’s new app enables you to make and manage bookings, check in and out, arrange airport transfers, request toiletries, wake-up calls, housekeeping, turndown and room service, and book restaurants, spa treatments and golf. There are also tips on the local area. Android, Apple, Amazon    GoEuro Travel planning app GoEuro enables users to compare journey times and prices between airlines, coaches and trains across 33,000 European destinations. Partners include National Express, First Train, Eurolines, Eurostar, Virgin Trains, Gatwick Express, Easyjet, Renfe, Deutsche Bahn and TrenItalia. Android, Apple   KLM The Dutch airline revamped its app last year to make it more intelligent. It has an attractive, intuitive interface allowing you to make bookings, check in and select your seat, while new features include the ability to predict your preferences based on past data. The reservation process has been simplified and you can pay in-app with credit card details that are stored for next time. Specially installed beacons help you to navigate Amsterdam Schiphol airport. Android, Apple, Blackberry, Windows   Lunajets Charter one of 4,800 private jets worldwide with the swipe of a finger. Arrange one-way, return or multi-destination journeys, and book seats on empty legs (there are usually about 200 services a day and prices can save you up to 75 per cent). Not only can you take your pets, you can also request to smoke on board. One-hour flights from €2,000 (US$2,158) per aircraft; six-hour journeys from €20,000 (US$21,585).Android, Apple, Blackberry World   Meetoo This cloud-based app enables event organisers to conduct live polls of attendees, create a platform for sharing opinions and ideas and ask questions in real time. More than 1,000 delegates from the same group can use it simultaneously – it can also be employed for training sessions, virtual meetings and multi-location events. PwC was an early adopter. It costs from US$99 to US$899 per room/per month. Android, Apple, Blackberry, Windows   MileHi MileHi promises to put you in touch with like-minded people on the same flight. It says it’s aimed at both leisure and business travellers, but it will likely be used as a hook-up rather than a networking platform (the clue is in the name). Simply type in your flight details to see if any other users are on board. If you like the look of them, you can send a private message – and arrange to meet in the galley, perhaps. Android, Apple   Safeture Previously for corporates only, Safeture was extended to the public in the summer. It provides real-time information on security and health risks, the weather, civil unrest, terror attacks and airport disruption alerts around the world, with data pulled from government bodies, foreign offices and meteorological agencies. It also offers a one-click connection to local emergency services, as well as location sharing to show others where you are. Android, Apple   Seasonal Cities Disappointed that you can’t do the bike ride you planned? This app will suggest things to do in 11 cities based on real-time weather forecasts. Rewritten every three months, the guides (US$0.99 each) provide five recommendations for shops, restaurants, bars, clubs, events, sights and hotels according to the season and across a range of budgets, with places of interest geotagged on maps. Apple   Singapore Airlines New features on the SIA app range from a “My trips” page with booking reference numbers and flight schedules listed, to a reservation widget so you can search and pay for flights and check in online. Boarding passes can be saved to Apple’s Passbook, and Krisflyer members can see their points. Android, Apple   Skyzen Announced in June 2015, Skyzen pairs with the Jawbone fitness tracker via your iPhone (Apple Watch and Fitbit versions are coming). Developed by IATA (the International Air Transport Association), with data from the Official Airline Guide (OAG), it’s designed to monitor your sleep and activity patterns in the air. Information on time zones can also help to combat jetlag. Apple, Android soon   TRIP ADVISOR The latest update of the Trip Advisor app expands its social uses by introducing the Travel Timeline function – where users can now automatically record the places they visit, the road trips they have done, and even hikes that they have completed. It’s a great way to take a trip down memory lane. Android, Apple, Windows (tablets)   United The airline has updated its app to allow you to re-?book if your flight is delayed or cancelled, and view interactive airport maps for Chicago, Denver, Houston, LA, New York Newark, San Francisco and Washington DC, with more to come. If you have a mobile boarding pass, it will show the route to your gate and the time it takes to walk there. Amazon, Android, Apple, Blackberry, Windows   UNROLL.ME A growing pain for many travellers is having to scroll through a list of unwanted emails to locate the one they’re looking for. With Unroll.Me, a simple swipe to the left will automatically unsubscribe you from email subscriptions that you don’t want. No future emails from these senders will land in your inbox.Apple   Urbanologie Virtual members’ club Urbanologie gives you the lowdown on new hotels, restaurants, pop-ups, exhibitions and bars in London, New York, Los Angeles, Miami and Dubai. The guides are updated daily by local freelancers and in-house staff. There’s also a clever pull-out map that works well on touchscreens. It costs US$160 per year but use offer code “businesstraveller” to receive a year’s free membership.Android, Apple   Ventoura This peer-to-peer app connects you with locals in 30 European cities, including London, Paris, Madrid and Amsterdam, who can set up tours (for a fee), meetings and provide tips. Publish your itinerary on your profile and you can start talking to fellow travellers or residents. A partnership with British Airways means you can book BA and Oneworld partner flights at the same time. Android, Apple   WayGo Scan Chinese, Japanese and Korean characters on menus or signs and this clever translation app will instantly convert the text into English so you can order food and get around with ease. You don’t even need an internet connection. Users get ten free translations a day, while an upgrade of US$1.99 will allow a week-long unlimited package, or US$6.99 will get you as many as you want forever. More languages coming soon. Android, Apple   WeSwap This “social currency” app enables you to swap your money for currency supplied direct from a local abroad. Transfer the amount you want to exchange onto the app, select a currency and it will match you with someone who is willing to buy it. If it’s someone you know on Facebook, LinkedIn or Twitter, the transaction is free; if not, there is a 1 per cent fee. If there are no matches, WeSwap will buy it from you for 1.5 per cent. You will receive a free prepaid Mastercard to withdraw your cash from an ATM or make purchases. It holds up to 16 currencies. Android, Apple 
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