October 18, 2017

At the Airport? 6 Free Apps to Have on Your iPhone

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b4youboardHeaded out on a plane trip? Before you get to the airport and find yourself wandering aimlessly in search of updated flight status, your new gate or a decent place to get a sandwich, take a look at a few free iPhone apps designed to make your in-airport experience just a little bit better.

AirportChatter: Grab this free app for profiles of the duty-free shops, retailers, currency exchanges and eateries you’ll find in the terminals of the most frequented U.S. airports, then check in or post your own reviews. This is useful if you have kids in tow and want to know ahead of time where to pick up a snack or lunch. It’s also fun to scan the real-time feed of check-ins and reviews for your airport or for all airports.

GateGuru: Similar to AirportChatter, GateGuru has been around for ages, enabling flyers to check reviews of restaurants, get airport maps, check in on Facebook or Twitter, and get updates on flight delays and gate changes. You’ll even find mobile coupons to use at select eateries. Need a last-minute rental car? GateGuru can help with that too, displaying Avis rates and allowing you to reserve a car from the app.

Airport Life: In the free version of this app, you can access terminal maps, helping you find gates and lounges in a pinch. You can also key in your itinerary to make it easily available to friends and family, or track down top restaurants by reviews and star ratings. In the $1.99 upgrade, you’ll gain access to a “Where’s My Car?” feature to keep track of where you parked and a travel expense manager.

B4YouBoard: While this app is very limited in the number of airports where it can be used (only ORD, MSP, JFK, PHX, SMF and SLC), it is a pretty neat concept for those who want to eat but don’t want to leave the gate area. Simply choose your airport, select your terminal, choose your gate and order your food, which will be delivered to you. Restaurants and menus are limited, but it still sounds like fun.

FlightView: This is a great app for tracking the status of your flight, getting gate information and checking the weather in your destination. What I like too about this app is that you can access flight details about your aircraft’s previous flight so you can get a jump on whether your plane will be delayed by the inbound flight. You can even see on a map where that plane is now.

My TSA: My home airport now displays security wait times just up the escalator from the security area, but on My TSA you can post your wait time as well as view security wait times that other travelers experienced, which can be helpful. You can even get real-time airport status updates so you can stay on top of potential weather-related delays.

You’ll also find loads of free airport-specific iPhone apps in the App Store, so it’s certainly worth a look and a download. It’s never a bad thing to have what you need to know about your flight and your airport in the palm of your hand, especially when you’re also pushing a stroller.

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