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How to Plan and Book a Holiday on iPhone

August 31, 2016

The guidance computer on board Apollo took man to the moon making calculations at 120 million times slower than iPhone 6.

I have no intention of sending you to the moon, but I love booking trips on my iPhone, and I want to share with you a few of my favourite apps to help you do the same.

In this post you’ll find the 12 best iPhone apps for booking flights and hotels, downloading free travel guides, finding the best nosh, and translating the lingo. 

Make sure to read to the end for a couple of killer organisation and data saving apps you'll love!

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Apps for Booking Flights

Hopper

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What it does
Analyses and tracks price data for thousands of flights and notifies you when it’s the right time to book.

How it works
Search for a flight. Book within the app. Receive booking confirmation by email. Check in with the airline.

Why I love it
A simple set it and forget it method for tracking flight prices and receiving price alerts.

How to use it

  1. Install and open app.
  2. Tap Search.
  3. Enter your flight route.
  4. Prices for the next twelve months are colourfully represented by date from least expensive in green to most expensive in red.
  5. Tap on a month, tap on outbound and return dates to select.
  6. Hopper returns a price prediction summary.
  7. Tap Tips for suggestions on how to get a better deal by making simple changes to your itinerary, such as leaving from a different airport.
  8. Tap Watch This Trip for price change notifications.
  9. Tap Current Price Status (Large Blue Bar on Prediction Screen) to select flights and book.
  10. Booking takes place within Hopper.
  11. A booking confirmation is sent to you by email (check your Hopper Profile to make sure your best email is with Hopper).
  12. Check in is completed at the airline’s website using the confirmation code in your email.

Learn more about Hopper
https://support.hopper.com/hc/en-us

Kudos
Named Best Travel App by Apple (2015)

iTunes Rating (Aug 2016, all versions)
3.5 / 5.

Price
Free.
 

Skyscanner
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What it does
Scans the web for flight, hotel and car hire deals.

How it works
Search within the app. Select a flight. Skyscanner redirects you to the airline’s website to complete your booking.

Why I love it
Great for inspiration. Tap Explore Top Deals then tap Everywhere or enter a destination.

How to use it

  1. Install and open app.
  2. Tap to search Hotels.
  3. Enter flight route.
  4. Choose to view dates by calendar or chart - the calendar shows green dots for lowest prices, orange for mid prices and red for highest prices. The chart shows prices for each date represented as bars. A quick tap on a bar displays the price.
  5. Select dates and view results.
  6. Tap Bell Icon (bottom left) to request price change notifications.
  7. Select a flight result, view details and tap to continue booking.
  8. Skyscanner takes you to the airline’s website to complete your booking.

iTunes Rating (Aug 2016, all versions)
4 / 5.

Price
Free.

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KAYAK

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What it does
Searches hundreds of travel sites to find flights and hotel deals.

How it works
Search for flights (hotels and car hire). Book within the app. Receive booking reference by email. Check in with the airline.

Why I love it
Powerful price analysis and forecasting.

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How to use it

  1. Install and open app.
  2. Tap flights, enter flight route, travel dates, and tap Find Flights.
  3. View results.
  4. A booking recommendation is offered at the top of the search results based on price forecasting. For example, “Watch” or “Buy”.  Tap the “i” icon for more detail on price analysis and to set up a Price Alert.
  5. From the results page tap a flight and tap Save / Book Now.
  6. Enter details of traveller and select Book.
  7. Kayak sends the booking to the airline who will then send the booking reference to your email.
  8. Check in is completed on the airline’s website.

iTunes Rating (Aug 2016, all versions)
3.5 / 5.

Price
Free.

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Apps for Booking Hotels

Trivago

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What it does
Acts as a search engine for hotel rooms. Finds prices from multiple sites.

Why I love it
Brings deals from all over the web to one place for easy comparison.

How it works
Search for rooms. Triavago redirects to the booking site to complete booking.

How to use it 

  1. Install and open app.
  2. Enter a destination.
  3. Enter dates and room type.
  4. Tap the top left icon to filter preferences.
  5. Tap view deal to be taken to the site.
  6. Book.

iTunes Rating (Aug 2016, all versions)
3.5 / 5

Price
Free.

 

Hotels.com

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What it does
A quick and easy way to book hotels and save on rooms.

How it works
Search for rooms. Book within the app.

Why I love it
App only deals. Buy 10 Get 1 Free loyalty scheme.

How to use it 

  1. Install and open app.
  2. Tap Find deals near me or enter a destination in the search box.
  3. Enter dates and tap show deals.
  4. Tap sort and filter.
  5. Slide minimum and maximum price to position.
  6. Select star rating and guest rating if desired.
  7. Tap Deals and hotel.com Rewards to ON.
  8. Tap landmarks etc if relevant.
  9. Select hotel.
  10. In hotel page tap Book Now.
  11. Enter details and tap confirm purchase.
  12. From the main page of the app tap the Top Left Menu to manage bookings, check rewards and more.
  13. From Manage Bookings, open booking and tap ‘Add to Wallet’ to add to your Apple Wallet.

iTunes Rating (Aug 2016, all versions)
3 / 5

Price
Free.

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Hotel Tonight

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What it does
Offers great value last minute room deals.

How it works
Search for hotels by location. Select hotel. Book within the app. Pay with Apple Pay / Card.

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Why I love it
Get more bang for your buck with a last minute deal.

How to use it 

  1. Install and open app.
  2. Search by location.
  3. Tap ‘Tonight’ to enter check in and check out dates.
  4. View results.
  5. Select hotel.
  6. Tap book now.
  7. Complete the booking.

iTunes Rating (Aug 2016, all versions) 
4.5 / 5

Price
Free.

 

 

Travel Assistant App

WorldMate

how to use iphone to plan and book a holiday

What it does
Organises and presents your itinerary through magical email scanning.

How it works
Forward your booking confirmation email to WorldMate. The app organises bookings into a sequential, easy to read format.

Why I love it
Automates the process of creating itineraries.

How to use it 

  1. Install and open app.
  2. Follow Set up instructions.
  3. Tap Trips.
  4. Forward booking confirmations to the given email address.
  5. Tap Home for summary.

iTunes Rating (Aug 2016, all versions) 
4.5 / 5

Price
Free. Upgrades for Live Flight Status (Free with Kayak app) and Calendar Sync functions available.


Apps for Travel Guides, Language and Activites

Triposo

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What it does
A travel guide on your phone that also works offline.

How it works
Download a guide for your destination. Find and buy access to all the best attractions and excursions within the app.

Why I love it
Great free guides and plenty of ideas for free and paid activities.

How to use it

  1. Download and install app.
  2. Enter a destination in the search bar.
  3. Tap set dates.
  4. Tap download guide.
  5. Tap See and Do, view results, tap selection, tap Check Availability, tap to select number in party, tap next, tap to select language, tap to book.
  6. To view a downloaded guide tap destination from Your Trips on the main page, scroll down to section titled Practical Information and tap Get To Know. Enjoy reading all about your destination.

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iTunes Rating (Aug 2016, all versions)
4.5 / 5

Price
Free.
 

Foursquare

how to use iphone to plan and book a holidayHow it works
Finds the best places to eat, drink, shop, and visit in your location. Offers helpful user reviews and photos.

What it does
Behaves very much like a social media platform for finding and sharing places to eat, drink and shop.

Why I love it
Consume and contribute reviews on local establishments and landmarks.

How to use it 

  1. Install and open app.
  2. Tap the category you’re interested in.
  3. View results, tap filter if necessary.
  4. Tap to open a result, save, rate or leave a tip for other users.

iTunes Rating (Aug 2016, all versions)
3.5 / 5

Price
Free.

Google Translate

how to use iphone to plan and book a holidayWhat it does
Powerful point and translate service.

How it works
Enter words by tapping the keyboard, pointing the camera, speaking to the microphone, or handwriting a word.

Why I love it
Makes foreign languages easier. 

How to use it 

  1. Install and open app.
  2. Tap to select languages at the top of the screen.
  3. Tap to enter text or tap the camera, microphone or squiggle symbols for alternative input methods.

iTunes Rating (Aug 2016, all versions)
3.5 / 5

Price
Free.

 

Utility Apps 

XE Currency

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What it does
Provides live currency exchange rates and price conversions.

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How it works
Requires an internet connection. If you plan not to use mobile data abroad, your ready reckoner may still be necessary.

Why I love it

The most accurate and up to date free currency exchange app available.

How to use it 

  1. Install and open app.
  2. Tap currency for the country you are in.
  3. Enter amount.
  4. View price in home currency.
  5. Tap top right corner for menu. 
  6. Tap charts to establish if the exchange rate is trending in your favour.

iTunes Rating (Aug 2016, all versions)
4 / 5

Price
Free.
 

Onavo Extend

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What it does
Finds ways to save mobile data and manage phone bills.

How it works
Data travels through Onavo servers where it is compressed before it is downloaded to your iPhone.

Why I love it
Anything that helps us to save on phone bills is a winner.

How to use it

  1. Install and open app
  2. Follow set up instructions, which includes setting up a VPN profile to pass mobile data through Ovano’s servers for compression. Fear not, it’s simple to do and instructions are clear.
  3. Open app.
  4. Choose Display Quality using slider. Medium should be sufficient, but you can always pop in to the app settings and lower image display quality if you find you’re starting to run low on data.Start saving mobile data (at home and abroad).

iTunes Rating (Aug 2016, all versions)
4.5 / 5

Price
Free.

 

It’s amazing what can be done with iPhone today. The huge array of apps in the App Store and growing functionality of integrated apps like ApplePay and Wallet has made booking a holiday from your iPhone not only possible, but quick and convenient.

I hope you’ll book your next break from your iPhone. Should you take the plunge, please share your experience by leaving a comment below.

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