Friday 28 November 2014

Save time and money when booking your holiday with these handy apps

Have the world in your hands with the best deals on flights and hotels, writes Aideen Sheehan

Published 03/07/2014 | 02:30

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The holiday season is in full swing and if you're planning a trip, or just about to depart, there's a wealth of ways apps can save you time and money.

Smart Consumer looked at some top apps – and personal favourites – for plotting out the best weeks of the year on Android or iPhone/iPad (iOS) devices.

Skyscanner

Handy flight-comparison site that lets you check prices to particular countries, cities or airports. Free on iOS and Android.

FlightTrack

Track flights worldwide and get updates on delays, departure gates and cancellations. €4.49 on iOS and €3.69 on Android.

Deutsche Bahn DB Navigator

Magnificent app that lets you plot train journeys all across Europe as well as ferry routes. Free on iOS and Android.

Rome2Rio

Free app that lets you figure out how to travel by plane, train, automobile or bus from (almost) anywhere to anywhere. Free on iOS.

Skype

Lets you call anyone else on the Skype network for free; or you can phone others on their landline or mobiles at cheap rates. Free on iPhone and Android.

Viber

Like Skype but intended mainly for smartphones. Lets you make free calls or send texts to anyone else on Viber if you're at a wi-fi hotspot. Free on iOS and Android.

TripAdvisor

Great for getting the lowdown on what hotels are really like. Free on iOS and Android.

Airbnb

Helps those looking for apartments or houses to rent for short or long stays. Free on iOS and Android.

Trivago

Collates and compares deals from over 100 different hotel booking sites. Free on Android and iOS.

Hostelworld

A directory of cheap hotels and hostels around the world. Free on iOS and Android.

Hotel Tonight

For last-minute stays of up to five nights. Free on Android and iOS.

Touchnote

This app lets you turn a holiday snap and message on your phone into a postcard. Free on iOS and Android.

PackingPro

If you find packing a Herculean task, this app will help you generate a more useful list. €2.69 on iOS.

Tripit

Very handy for frequent flyers as it lets them combine all their flight and hotel bookings to generate daily itineraries. Free on iOS and Android.

Wi-Fi Finder

Helps you find free or paid wi-fi at over 650,000 locations in 144 countries worldwide. Free on iOS and Android.

Uber

Private taxi service matching those needing a lift with commercial drivers in 130 cities. Free on iOS and Android.

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