'Tis the Season for Travel Apps

Over the past months, our team has been on the road meeting developers, clients and partners at events like TechCrunch Disrupt, Wearable World, APICon and PhoCusWright, to name a few. Along the way, we jotted down apps we rely on for each segment of the trip. Now we have a journey timeline with a bunch of apps for both business and personal use. If you’re traveling this holiday season, here’s a hit list for you:

Planning and Booking: Planning trips requires research. Like most, I’ll spend quite a bit of time figuring out the best hotel options and research each hotel before booking with my Concur app for iPad. For my most recent trip, I booked with Starwood (SPG) and, thanks to recent integrations with Concur, I tallied up points on my SPG account. The Concur TripLink integration with SPG allows my itinerary information to flow seamlessly back and forth from Concur to SPG, making the process efficient and rewarding. holiday travel logos

Pre-Flight: Once flights are booked, I like to keep track of my itinerary, flight status, departure status, check-in notifications, terminal information and more. Enter TripIt, SeatGuru and GateGuru. With these three, many of my pre-flight travel needs are covered. TripIt is known for itinerary management but its seat tracker functionality is a favorite. Combine this with SeatGuru and you’re guaranteed a pretty darn good seat. I also use XE for currency updates on international trips.

Waiting at the Terminal: If you’re dealing with layovers or international flights, you can quickly find and use airport lounges with the new app, LoungeBuddy. GateGuru provides a full view of amenities at your terminal. And Digiboo, a revolutionary app and terminal kiosk, recommends movies and allows you to download and pre-pay for selections based on flight times.

At the Destination: There’s a variety of apps to help at your destination, from Uber for transportation to Yelp for restaurant recommendations. It’s all about apps that can help me make smart decisions fast. Another favorite is GrubHub. Grubhub takes the boring away and helps you discover local restaurants right in your room. I’ll frequently use BillGuard for monitoring spend and credit card usage. BillGuard notifies you about your credit transactions and also monitors fraudulent activities on your credit cards. Its simple, tinder-like interface makes it easy to manage critical alerts.

Back Home with Expenses to Report: At the end of every trip, it’s time to reconcile all expenses and, you guessed it, I use Concur. The new interface for iPads helps get the job done quickly. You can also submit expenses from a range of mobile devices with Concur Mobile.

Yes, I like to be constantly connected, which means I also use apps like FaceTime, Vonage, What’s App and Facebook to stay in touch while on the move. But this is a mere snapshot of the helpful apps and services available today. Here’s an infographic of more apps for the road warrior.

What are your favorite travel apps? Any you wish were integrated with your workplace travel and expense solution? Leave a comment and tell us which apps travel with you.  

(Photos by Ines Hegedus-Garcia and Tanjila Ahmed.)

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