Get Through the Airport Faster
These apps should help smooth your holiday travel. Tap to read.
Few things are more stressful than holiday travel, especially when everyone is basically running around like the family from Home Alone. We can’t help much with flight delays, legroom issues, or lines for a reasonably price sandwich, but we can provide a few ideas for smoothing out your holiday travel experience. (We can also drop this pro tip: Download your airline’s app before leaving the house. That way, you can access flight info and boarding pass and departure updates before having to deal with crowds—and airport Wi-Fi.)
‣ Despite its name, Mobile Passport doesn’t replace your hard-copy passport—but it does replace the traditional paper customs declaration form you fill out upon reentering the U.S. via plane or ship. By scanning your physical passport and answering a few questions, you can use it to scoot through TSA and Customs faster. (Just be sure the information in the app matches the information on your passport.) Mobile Passport currently works in at least 25 airports and three cruise terminals.
Save time re-entering the U.S.
‣ TripIt is a remarkably handy service that becomes a comprehensive travel guide with very little effort on your part. Once you’ve booked a trip, forward all your email confirmations to email@example.com. From there, the app will organize your data and provide a full itinerary that shows all your flights, hotels, car rentals, and other pertinent data in one place. Bonus: In iOS 12, you can create a shortcut that will let you ask Siri for all your travel plans. And TripIt is available for Apple Watch.
TripIt: Travel Planner
Trip & Holiday Organiser
‣ A longtime favourite of the travel industry, Kayak recently introduced an augmented reality (AR) baggage measurement tool that helps determine bag size ahead of time so people (such as yourself) won’t be stuck at the gate with an oversize bag. (You’ll just be someone who takes portraits of their suitcases, which is so much better.)
KAYAK Flights, Hotels & Cars
Find the best travel prices
‣ Escape the hustle and noise of the terminal by firing up LoungeBuddy, which sells access to those fancy airport lounges that offer coffee, Wi-Fi, and respite from the groups blocking traffic by walking four-wide through the terminal. Filter available lounges by criteria such as “Fresh,” “Basic,” and “Solid,” and those tagged as Before or After Security. Input your flight information (or import it from TripIt), and LoungeBuddy will list the lounges to which you already have access based on your airlines or credit cards. The app won’t solve all your holiday problems, but it will offer a welcome break from them.