This week, 54 Global will be sharing all of the apps founder, Lyse, uses to book flights, secure somewhere to stay, get around, and stay connected on social media.
The first installment is the top apps for flights. So you’re thinking about going on a trip but you don’t know where to start. For trip inspiration, I always look for what good flight deals are out there and do some research on those destinations. If I find one that tickles my fancy, I go ahead and book it.
Here are my go-to apps for looking for flights. There are a ton, but these have never failed me and often give me great inspiration.
On The Fly. This is the app for the website ITA matrix. This app allows you to type in your proposed flights and get a list of all carriers, major and budget. What makes this different is that they don’t operate off of ads so I don’t feel like their are pushing me to get a ticket from any carrier specifically. You can’t buy tickets directly on the site but it does allow you to go to the site that is selling the ticket for the price.
When searching for your flights, you can choose between specific dates or flexible. If you choose flexible, you can choose four week intervals on the calendar. Next, you choose how many nights you want to stay and how many passengers. Lastly, choose your cabin class. I’m an economy girl myself. I like to save the bells and whistles for when I’m on the ground at my destination.
Hipmunk. Hipmunk allows you to designate your departing airport. If you don’t have a specific destination in mind, it will give you the hottest tickets out there right now from your current location. It also has suggestions based on whether or not you want a beach, culture, family, and more.
Hopper. Hopper is pretty cool. You put in your departing airport and your destination and Hopper does all the rest. It will tell you the what a good price is for that route all the way up to what is expensive. It tells you if you’re better off with stops or direct flights. Lastly, it gives you a calendar of how much tickets are for each day.
Once you pick your dates, Hopper will tell you if you should wait for a better price or book now based on the data it’s collected on this route for the last six months. You can also “watch” the trip and Hopper will periodically give you updates on the price of the ticket you want.
I like Hopper to give me a general idea of what a ticket will cost but sometimes I can find cheaper tickets on other apps for the same route. Also, Hopper tends to only have great data on routes to popular destinations.
Skyscanner. Skyscanner is similar to ITA Matrix. This app let’s you search a route with details like “direct flights only” and cabin class. It searches all of the websites to give you a list of prices for your route. You can then filter the results according to how many stops the route has, duration, times, airlines, and airports, even if they the website with the price shown has a mobile site.
Like many of the apps, you can put a watch on your route. But another cool feature is that you can switch your results to the calendar view to see if altering your dates a little can get you a cheaper price.
Social media apps. Apps you’re already using like Twitter, Facebook, and even Instagram can give you info on flight deals. Good accounts to follow are The Flight Deal, Airfare Watchdog, and airlines like Delta, American, Southwest, and Jet Blue. For the airlines, they will often post about sales and new routes.
Other Flight Apps. I’ll be honest. I don’t use these apps, mainly because many of them have partnerships with airlines and hotels and I don’t think you always get the best information but they are still worth mentioning. Also, the apps I mentioned before often include these sites in their results. The other apps that can help you book flights are Cheapoair, Kayak, Expedia, Orbitz, and Travelocity.
Now you have a bunch of ways to find a flight to your next destination. Where will you go next? Let me know in the comments.
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