Best Apps for Busy Executive Travelers

So you have a hot new iPhone or iPad – now which apps should you download and use? Here’s a list of the hottest apps to help you travel smarter and work more efficiently when on the road.

FlightCaster is a free app for the iPhone that claims to predict flight delays with 95 percent accuracy. So before booking your next flight, check if there’s a chance of any delays first.

GateGuru is another free app for iPhones that allows you to search your airport for the restaurants, stores and services that you want and need. You can also bookmark favorite spots, read reviews, and share your travels via Facebook and Twitter.

Kayak is one of the world’s leading travel search engines. Kayak Mobile for the iPad and iPhone lets you use Kayak’s dedicated travel search engine to find flight prices from almost any origin to destinations around the world. Find what you need based on price, comfort and positive feedback. is an app powered by Lufthansa that allows you to set up auto-Tweeting on your flight status to family, friends and business associates virtual roundtables. Your Twitter followers can even track your in-flight progress, even if you don’t have in-flight Wi-Fi.

The Phone Book App from YellowBook. Using technology from Google Maps, this free app can locate nearby businesses in a virtual reality format, including phone numbers, store hours and integrated maps. It also has an automated voice search feature to access information on millions of restaurants, hotels and businesses around the world.

SeatGuru is the right app for someone very particular about their seat assignment. View detailed airplane seat charts, along with crucial information about which seats are broken, have little legroom or misaligned windows.

TravelTracker Pro was named best money-saving app by American Express. The app delivers live flight status reports and live flight map tracking in the U.S. It also integrates with TripIt, so you can carry all your TripIt information including flight info, hotel reservations, car rentals, meetings, weather reports and more – all without needing an Internet connection.

With TripAdvisor’s mobile app, you can search for airline ticket and hotel deals, restaurants and attractions and more. The app also offers information on vacation rentals, hotels, tourist attractions and other international destinations. It’s also available in one dozen languages and includes business reviews from 35 million travelers.

The TripIt Travel Organizer is a free app that consolidates itineraries, reservations and other information, including maps and directions for multiple trips. Check-in for flights, verify flight status and check local weather from one location.

WeatherBug Elite: You know where you’re going, you know a little about the place and you’ve booked a great hotel – but what’s the weather like? Enter WeatherBug Elite and you’ll get beautifully-presented weather forecasts through an easy-to-navigate user interface. Not just the weather, you’ll also get infrared satellite, humidity, air pressure, wind speed, next day high and next day low pressure data. You even get live weather cameras

WikiHood is consistently rated a best iPad app. This virtual guidebook combines Wikipedia and Google Maps to provide you with extensive information on a place’s culture, history and geography. It also uses GPS technology to display local attractions and historic information for destinations around the world.

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