Anyone who’s been on a trip recently probably has a horror story to share. From canceled flights to long waits, travelers face a myriad of hassles.
However, Technology could help travelers cope with stress. COVID-19 has hit the travel and tourism industries hard, and now people are ready to get back on the road and back to the air.
Three years into the pandemic, this sudden surge in air, sea and land travel means travelers need to pack more than a toothbrush. Lots of patience and a smartphone with the right apps will go a long way to managing the stress of chaotic travel conditions.
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Avoid third-party apps and websites
Although third-party apps and websites may reduce the cost of airline tickets or rental cars, they do not offer guarantees, refunds or exchanges. If something goes wrong with a booking, dealing with the middleman can take hours.
Going direct saves time and money. It also simplifies the process of changing or canceling plans.
Use apps to track deals
Instead of booking through a third-party site, travelers can use apps to track prices directly from airlines, car rental companies, hotels, and more. Google Flights tracks prices based on travel dates entered by the person planning a trip.
The app offers functionality for email and SMS notifications when prices drop. The link takes the user directly to the airline’s website to book the flight.
Book an ideal and inexpensive place
SeatGuru allows travelers to enter their flight numbers and view a map of aircraft seating options. This makes it easy to choose the seat with the most legroom, access to overhead storage, or behind seats that don’t recline.
Monitor flight status
Cancellations and delays derail journeys. Monitor these events with tools such as FlightAware and FlightRadar24.
These apps provide up-to-the-minute flight information. The LoungeBuddy app provides details of which airport lounges have the most occupants.
Check COVID-19 requirements
International travelers may need to produce documents regarding recent COVID-19 infection, vaccination and quarantine details. The JoinSherpa.com Web tool quickly extracts a list of required documents for international destinations.
Organize the route
TripIt organizes itineraries. It tracks hotel reservations, rental car reservations, and reservations for restaurants, museums, and more.
View the route as a neat timeline. An analyst recommends travelers use a dedicated email account for all their travel bookings and connect that account to the TripIt app.
Proof of vaccination
Carry two digital forms of proof of vaccination against COVID-19. A state health department QR code and photo of the physical vaccination card will work for most travelers.
The recent boom in air travel has caused an increase in the number of lost luggage. Tile and AirTag make it easy to track suitcases and other checked bags.
Use the hotel app
Many hotels have their own apps. Using the app makes check-in, payment, room service and faster check-outs easier.
Checking in through the app can also prevent the hotel from canceling a room reservation if a flight delay causes a traveler to arrive later than the check-in deadline.
Many hotels also offer exclusive benefits through their apps, such as discounts on services and access to premium programming and special events.