Find out how the Android platform can enhance your air travel experience. Inside are the five best air travel apps on the platform, each presenting a unique set of features that make them all worthwhile.
Air Travel Apps on Android, Gimmick or Necessity?
A modern day smartphone is becoming the best personal assistant you could ask for. This doesn’t have to be any different for those that frequently travel by airplane. The Android Market has different options for those that would like their smartphone to make air travel a little more comfortable. However, are air travel apps truly useful or just a gimmick? Here are the top 5 air travel apps for Android.
TripIt is more than just an Android app. The app is just an extension of the whole TripIt ecosystem. The way a trip is added is by sending the confirmation email of a flight (or hotel booking, or any travel related booking for that matter) to a certain email address after which, in a matter of minutes, the flight is added to the itinerary. Unfortunately this is the only way to update the itinerary, as like with CheckMyTrip, no manual function is available. The email function, besides the privacy concerns it might raise, seems to work well, but leaving it up to only the algorithm of TripIt may not be ideal. The Android app is excellent for TripIt devotees, but is utterly useless for anyone wanting it just for the mobile functionality. As for these people there are a lot of free alternatives in the market that do indeed work locally and without the need to set up an account, it may not suit all.
It is hard to conclude on a definitive app for air travel as each of these apps bring something unique to the table that makes them independent from one another. As such, the best way to travel by air with an Android phone would be to decide on an ‘air travel pack’ that combines some of these apps. However, as these apps show, frequent flyers can definitely take advantage of air travel apps on Android as they will surely ease both the trip and the mind!
*Please note - the author received 'Received Review Copy of Flight Trip Planner' from a company other than Bright Hub in order to develop the content contained within this article or review.