Love to travel? We thought so! At AusTraveller we geek out thinking about how technology is changing the future of how we connect and commute around the globe. There’s been some great innovation and movements in the tech-travel sphere this 2016, but as mobile speeds up and the industry is disrupted further we’re expecting even more new apps, services and products to appear next year.
Kicking off our new tech+travel series we thought we’d start with some of our favourite travel apps of 2016. Here we go!…
Category: Itinerary + planning
TripIt instantly organises your travel plans by simply forwarding your confirmation emails to it. TripIt will create itinerary, detailing your flights, hotels and other transport. It can even import plans from Gmail, Outlook and other apps. TripIt is loved by the frequent flyer community of Australia.
There are a stack of airline apps, however, many of them lack smooth functionality and a sharp user experience. Qantas has overhauled their mobile app this year and has received outstanding praise for it. You can clearly see upcoming flights, receive notifications, book flights and hotels and even see a detailed log of your QFF points. Download Free
Category: Bucket List + budgeting
Squirrel is a brilliant new bucket list app – packed with great budgeting and money features. You can discover and build your goals, and then plan and save for them. There’s a lot of idea’s to get you going, or you can turn your Pinterest boards into a bucket list if that’s your thing. If you’re wanting an app to collect and plan your travel ideas then Squirrel is your new best friend. Download Free
Category: Lounge access + discover
This is the app if you want to escape the hustle and bustle of the airport. Whether you’re an elite road warrior or a casual traveller, this app helps you discover airport lounges wherever you are in the world. No need to poke your head through the frosted glass doors, you can browse photos and reviews of inside each lounge before choosing. Lounge Buddy also shows you how to get access to the lounge, including purchasing access through the app. Download Free
If you’re a detailed devil when it comes to where you’re sitting then Seat Guru is for you. You can search your flight and see exactly what type of plane you’re flying on and locate the best seat. Not all airplanes are the same! The reviews help you see what seats to avoid, and the seat alerts help you grab the seat you want when it becomes available. It’s packed with over 100 airlines to browse free. Download Free
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Category: Social network
Travello is a travel social network, connecting like-minded travellers from around the globe. It’s a great app for discovering who’s around you when abroad, or just to browse tips and recommendations. Think of it as a collaborative travel guide community. You can connect with travellers either by using the nearby location feature, posting on the noticeboard, or through the travel meet-ups organised in the app. They even snuck in a free wifi finder! Download Free
If you’re got a bunch of airline, hotel and credit card loyalty memberships – it can be a pain to track them all. AwardWallet allows you to link all your loyalty accounts together in one place. You can track your balance, see your saving progress and get clarity of where your all rewards are. A great app for those who want to put their points to use. Download Free
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