8 travel apps to make your next flight better – Mashable

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We often forget it, but flying is a luxury — a luxury that can bring out the worst in even the most agreeable traveler.

From finding out that prices dropped the day after you bought tickets to dealing with delays, there are countless ways for flight plans to go awry.

Because dealing with airlines can become so frustrating, a pack of third parties have emerged to solve almost every problem that befalls frazzled travelers.

Except that annoying passenger hogging the armrests. There’s no solution for him — yet.

Saving money

Hopper offers predictions on the right time to book. Hopper can relieve travelers of that nagging suspicion they might have saved money on airfare had they only waiting one more week.

It seems like airline fees pop up in the most unexpected places. Know exactly what is and is not included with Routehappy, eliminating any surprise fees at the airport.

Change fees

Change fees are such a headache that a microcosm of companies have popped up to help travelers who might need to change a flight. For customers that are unsure of whether or not to buy a flight for fear of plans changing, there are a few solutions.

With Flyr, customers buy seven days of airfare protection. If the fare goes down, customers pocket the savings.

Options Away offers customers a hold on prices for 2, 3, 7 or 14 days. If the airfare drops within the selected time, customers pay the lower fee. If not, they pay the original price.


Complaints in the airline industry increased 30% in 2015, according to the Department of Transportation. But that doesn’t mean there were 30% more resolutions. Although they say if you want something done right, do it yourself, sometimes the most effective course of action is to turn to the professionals.

AirHelp can get passengers compensation when a flight has been significantly delayed. The company also ranks airlines on performance, which is useful when booking a trip.

Service is the jack of all trades of complaining. Although they deal with any customer service complaint to any company, they are keen on helping with airlines issues — from lost luggage to flight cancelations.


DUFL is for people who hate dealing with luggage. The service, developed with business travel in mind, allows customers to override an airline’s luggage rules. It collects any items travelers want to bring on a trip and ships them direct to their hotel. When the trip is done, travelers leave their suitcase at the hotel and DUFL ships it back to a holding location until the next trip.

LoungeBuddy opens the arcane world of airport lounges to everyone, even those in economy. Although many think that lounges are for first-class passengers or frequent fliers only, the service links travelers with options they probably hadn’t even considered.

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8 travel apps to make your next flight better – Mashable