The Best Free Air Travel Apps (for Holiday Travel Hell)

December 09, 2011
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    Special to Airfarewatchdog.com

    ‘Tis the season of holiday travel hell – lots of people, lots of delays, and lots of stress. If you’re one of the many travelers expected to hit the skies over the next few weeks, here’s a list of some of the best free air travel apps to help you feel a little less frazzled and a little more merry. (Note – all but TripIt are available for Android and iOS devices. TripIt is only available for iOS devices.)

    Kayak makes it easy to find the best flight. Just enter your destination and departure and return dates, and it provides you with options that can be sorted by airline, price, stops, and more.

    TripIt uses your travel confirmation emails to create a master itinerary. It’s accessible anytime and anywhere, and is easy to share on Facebook or LinkedIn.

    My TSA gives you access to the latest TSA information, from what items are permitted through security to those that could set off metal detectors. You can also check estimated wait times at security checkpoints and real-time airport statuses.

    GateGuru gives you an exhaustive list of airport amenities (restaurants, stores, and services) across 125 airports. Each listing includes its location (who knew there was a fudge kiosk in Terminal C at BOS!), and sometimes photos and/or reviews.

    FlightView tracks flight information (gate assignments, delays, cancellations, and more) in real-time. You can even check your flight’s progress while you’re in the air.

    Do you have a favorite free air travel app not on this list? Tell us about it in the comments section below!

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