Pretty much every traveler has a smartphone or tablet (or both) these days, and almost every airport in the world has charging areas to power passengers’ devices. The smartest travellers know there are some apps that can really help with the whole flight process from booking the best cheap tickets to what to do when things go wrong. Here is our list of the best iPhone and iPad apps for buying airline tickets.
The best iPhone apps for booking flights
22 Sep 2017, by Cherry Mae Torrevillas
Skiplagged is the app to use if you want to find tickets to your destination as well as those with stops leading to other destinations. Airlines sometimes charge less for tickets where your destination is a layover rather than the final stop, which the app developers see as being price discrimination. This app finds those flights and all you do is get off at the layover and don’t get back on your next flight. You can save up to 80 percent but there are some limitations, like no checked luggage. If this is something that might interest you, check it out.
- Find tickets with layover stops where the layover is your destination
- Get off at the layover and don’t complete the flight on to the next stop
- Save up to 80 percent
- See the prices of tickets for dates near your searched dates
- Get alerts for good prices
Streamline your travel planning experience with the Mezi app, which is presented in the form of a chatbot. Text your virtual personal assistant to plan your holiday from end to end. Using this app you can create bookings for flights, hotels and even trains from within this one app. Use one of many convenient payment options and pay in one go for your entire trip rather than being redirected to a third-party website for each component. Your organized itinerary will be available to you at all times. The app has a deep learning AI embedded into it so it improves its suggestions and interactions with you each time you fire it up and use it.
- Chatbot interface for creating bookings
- Flights, hotels, and trains in one app
- Convenient payment options
- Organizes your itinerary
- Deep Learning AI improves over time
Hitlist is becoming a widely popular travel app that boasts of helping users travel more for less. The app finds all of the best deals for wherever you want to travel to. Just enter where you want to go and let the app do its magic. Receive these deals via email or push notifications, or search through millions of deals based on your desired travel dates, potential destinations, activities, geographical regions and more. View a history of airfare prices, see where your friends want to go and so much more. This app is almost as amazing as some of the beautiful destinations that you will find great travel and flight deals to.
- Save money, Travel more
- Enter destination and receive travel deals
- Search flight deals based on destinations or desired dates
- Browse photos of potential destinations, Broad search capabilities
- View history of airfare prices, See where friends want to go
Skyscanner allows you to search, compare, and buy tickets for cheap flights. You’ll have the option to search millions of flights from hundreds of different airlines all at once. This is an independent, unbiased app so you can rest assured you will get the best deals possible. You will get transferred from the app to the travel agent or airline to make your purchase. You can get price alerts, easily find cheaper months and days to fly using the chart and calendar views, and the Everywhere option will give you great prices to all different destinations. You can access your recent searches, sync across all devices, earn frequent flyer miles, and more.
- No added fees
- Use filters to narrow down your search
- Price alerts
- Independent and unbiased
- Search millions of flights instantly for free
Hipmunk Travel takes the top travel sites and compares them to help you find the best flight and hotel deals. You’ll save up to 60 percent off Tonight Deals for hotels, get flight fare alerts, and have access to instant booking. You’ll make this your number one flight purchasing app once you see how it works. Flights are sorted by degrees of “Agony” to save you time by minimizing layovers, duration, and price. You can book hotels instantly, see guest reviews, compare hotels, see how close hotels are to amenities like shopping and entertainment, and more.
- Compares the top travel sites to find you the best deals on travel and hotels
- Fast and easy to use
- Book hotels instantly
- Unique layout
- See guest reviews
GTFO - Get The Flight Out lets you do exactly that. Want to go somewhere, now? If you want to book a spontaneous flight, right now, GTFO will help. Find and book the best available round-trip tickets leaving from your preferred location tonight and tomorrow morning. Is that soon enough for you? This is great for when you just need to get away, want to surprise your loved one with a weekend trip, or for whatever other reason. The app monitors ticket prices found by travel agents for last-minute round trips and you will reap the benefits. Just input your home airport and you’ll find a destination. Flights get updated literally every second so you could find totally different flights throughout the day.
- Domestic and international destinations
- Book from your device
- Get out on a flight tonight or tomorrow morning
- All fees and taxes included
- Round-trip flights
KAYAK does the work for you, searching hundreds of travel sites so you don’t have to. You will be able to book the cheapest flights, rental cars, and hotels, and save money. You can get real-time flight status alerts, see private deals as well as mobile-only rates, and use Trips to organize your plans. You can use the Save button to quickly add your hotels, flights, and car rentals to a KAYAK trip so you can look over the deals and book later when you get to your computer. You can keep track of price changes, share deals with your friends and family, and book from within your saved list. A recent update improved the sign in function; now you can use your email, Facebook, or Google to sign in.
- Payment fee calculator
- Easy to sign in
- Searches hundreds of travel sites for the best deals
- Book flights, cars, and hotels
- Free iPhone and iPad app for booking airline tickets
The Jetradar app looks at fares from hundreds of travel agencies and airlines and gives you the best deals straight to your iPhone or iPad. Some of the features include quick travel booking based on stopover duration, price, stops, and journey time; a comprehensive search engine; access to your previous searches; the ability to share deals and travel info with family and friends; and more. You get support for your preferred or local currency, sharing options, and a great user interface. Once you find a deal you like, you will be sent through to the agency or airline’s website to complete the booking.
- Fares from hundreds of travel agencies and airlines
- Gets you the best deals
- Quick travel booking based on a number of filter options
- Comprehensive search option
- Free with in-app purchase
Red Cheap Flights gives you the best airfare deals and price predictions for all American airlines flights. The app uses geographic pricing tricks to get you the best deal on flights from 777 airlines from all over the world. The send the app last-minute flight deals and then you get to find, compare, and book cheap flights. The user interface is fast and easy to use, and is 100 percent secure. The app offers deals from all airlines, 100 low-cost carriers, and most major travel sites to find you the best deals.
- Find the cheapest dates to fly
- Search out the cheapest airports to use
- Find the best fares using the price calendar
- Easy to use
- No fees
This is another app called Cheap Flights, and also aptly named. You can search out the cheapest tickets and won’t pay any extra fees. The app promises you 100 percent security, the lowest price possible, and a brand new search for tourist flights. The app searches for the most popular booking sites and airlines from all over the world. Both regular and low-cost flights are updated every second. You can choose from many filtering features, buy directly from the official sites of airlines, perform convenient searches for direct flights, and more.
- Flights updated every second
- Compare many prices from within the app
- Secure payment done through official airline websites
- Convenient search functions
- Find flights for business, tourism, and holidays