It’s the season for travelling – if you’re lucky you’ll be jetting off for a summer break, or visiting family and friends in other countries. Here are some sites to look at and apps to download that will help you find the cheapest tickets and organise your trips with minimum fuss.
Apps and Sites for Cheap Flights
AirfareWatchdog – the app for iPhone users can be used to find flights to your destination at cheaper prices. You can also set up handy alerts that tell you when especially cheap fares are available to and from your chosen destinations – perfect if you travel often or spontaneously.
Kayak.co.uk was rated the best for finding generally cheaper air fares by the Telegraph, so even if you are using another site it’s worth checking in with Kayak before you book. Kayak also offers advice about hotels, car hire and other travel so is great for an ‘all in one’ travel planner.
SkyScanner – aside from the prices, it may seem like there aren’t a lot of differences between flight comparison apps and sites. However, SkyScanner is very good if you aren’t sure exactly when you’d like to travel because it has ‘sliders’. You can make slight tweaks to your journey (time, price range, etc.) very easily and compare flights without having to perform multiple searches. You can download the SkyScanner app or visit their website.
Some extra tips for getting cheaper fares
According to Fare Compare, you can also save money by:
- Travelling at ‘unattractive’ times such as mealtimes, overnight, or very early in the morning
- Pick your day carefully. Taking a trip at the weekend is most convenient for almost everyone else, so if you fly on a Tuesday or Wednesday then you might save money
- You’re unlikely to get a cheap flight in either direction on a Friday or Sunday!
- If you find a great deal on a flight, pop over to the airline’s site and see if you can get it cheaper by going direct to them – you never know
Organisation Apps and Sites
TripIt – This handy app can sync up with your email address, if you want it to, and pull out all your travel info for you, organising it into a useful itinerary. This is really handy if you have a lot of train or bus changes to navigate (or have a bad memory!) as it keeps everything in one place. It also means you can access everything offline. Get it on the App Store or Google Play.
Rome2Rio – Their tagline is ‘discover how to get anywhere’ and that basically sums it up! You simply put in your destinations and it gives you full travel link details. Use Rome2Rio’s site to plan whole trips including flights, or find out the best way to get from the airport to your hotel or another city using local travel links.
PackPoint – If you like making lists, this is the app for you. Not only can you use it to organise your packing checklist, but it also makes suggestions based on what kind of holiday you’re going to have – so if you tell it you’ll be going to the beach, it will list all the beach essentials. Again, download it from the App Store or Google Play.
Luckily for those of us living in the EU, recent legislation changes mean that additional roaming charges have been abolished – you’ll be charged the exact same price to use your mobile phone in Spain and abroad. Not only is this one less thing to worry about when you travel, but it’s also even easier to use these apps and sites on the go.
Read about how the roaming charge changes affect Telitec customers here.