Book everything from flights to hotels using the power of your smartphone... and these iPhone travel booking apps.
Need to book a flight on the go? Or find a hotel at the last minute? There’s an app for that. Making life easier when on the go, travel suppliers everywhere are implementing apps to make the booking process simple and speedy, wherever you are and whenever you have a spare minute.
So if you’re the kind of person who need to book it ASAP and you use an iPhone, download these stellar travel booking apps for iOS and watch as your holiday is sorted within minutes (literally).
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The Best 9 iPhone apps for booking flights and hotels
Ideal for: Scouring the internet for the best flight deal
Scans practically every flight and every travel booking agency for the best flight times and prices available for your trip. Skyscanner has separate apps for flights, hotels and car hire. Our advice? Download them all. They’re useful. You can search through graphs showing when flights to your chosen destination are cheapest overall, or just find the best fares around the time period you’d like to fly off into the sunset.
Ideal for: Finding and booking cheap flights online
Webjet is renowned for comparing the essentials of travel, covering flights, hotels, car hire and more. With the app installed in your phone, you can easily book on the go.
Expect discounts and deals to pass your eye, as well as reviews from fellow holiday-makers. The app lets you search up to six flight destinations at a time, which is perfect if you’ve got some annual leave to spend but have no idea what holiday to splurge it on.
Oh, the possibilities.
Ideal for: Securing the best seat on the plane.
Seat Guru takes a different approach to the flying experience, and is ideal for travellers who want to ensure they’re getting the best possible seat on the plane.
Search through airlines, find the seat maps for specific planes on particular routes, and check out literally hundreds of thousands of customer reviews on how their “seat” treated them.
Once you’ve found a seat you like, you can also purchase flights through the app.
Ideal for: Organising your whole itinerary. No, seriously.
Expedia is one of the world’s biggest online travel agencies. You can use its app to curate practically your whole travel experience, from flights and hotels, to car hire and cruises.
It will even prompt you as to what gate your flights leaves from or when your car is ready to be picked up.
Ideal for: Crowd sourcing information and getting real recommendations from real travellers
A favourite of many - and not just because it provides you with photos and reviews by real travellers - TripAdvisor is a complete guide to the booking experience. Its library of flights, hotels, restaurants and activities is in the millions (literally), and each are bookable via the app.
What we love about TripAdvisor is its community feel, which helps make the decision process easier. Read reviews or pose a question in the forum and see what advice others before you have to offer. Receiving a personalised experience always wins bonus points in our eyes, so invest the time to start a conversation or read the experiences of others and reap the rewards with your perfect holiday.
Ideal for: Cheap hotel rates
The HotelsCombined app lets you search more than a million available hotel rooms. It works much like the HotelsCombined website - simply input your dates and destination and it will seek out hotels at bargain prices.
Our comparison of hotels in Sydney has shown that HotelsCombined is the marketplace for finding that room at the cheapest price online -- so why not give it a go?
Ideal for: Booking a hotel in a flash
Don’t want to bother with all this comparing business? Sometimes all you want is a hotel room - pronto! That’s what this app is talking about. It’s geared towards hotels and accommodation in the Asia-Pacific and selects the best last-minute deals for you to tuck into.
The app claims to offer hotel stays up for 28% cheaper than the best available rates online. If you’re booking at the last minute, this is worth checking out.
Ideal for: Ensuring you don't sleep on a park bench tonight
It’s a simple story: If you’ve landed yourself in a city and don’t have a place to stay sorted (spontaneity is the spice of life!), hit up Hotel Tonight and see who’s got a room for a bargain price.
The developers say you can book a hotel within 10 seconds. Dare to test it?