To say that holiday travel can be a drag would be an understatement. Airfare costs are on the rise. Check-in lines are long and slow. Delays are inevitable, and the threat of flight cancellations looms constantly. And yet, demand for airline tickets is higher than ever. Fortunately, several new tools seek to make the process as painless as possible—just in time for winter vacation.
InflightFeed: These days, airline food is often limited to a pack of pretzels, if you’re lucky. InflightFeed provides a comprehensive overview of in-air culinary options by offering travelers a platform to rate the cuisine of more than 80 international airlines. Users can check out food options prior to their flights, read detailed menu reviews, and even upload pictures of their meals after they land. The site also compiles basic, albeit helpful, information, like whether meals are included in the ticket price and what sorts of complimentary beverages are served. Next time, know whether you should bring your own spike for Mr and Mrs T.
GateGuru: GateGuru is a mobile app that seeks to revolutionize air travel by simplifying access to the many details associated with flying. Acting as a virtual assistant, the app keeps track of essential information, including itineraries and boarding passes, while aggregating relevant notifications regarding things like delays, weather conditions, and flight status. An updated version recently rolled out a more sophisticated interface, as well as new features like the “Journey Card,” which allows travelers to look up security line wait times, concourse maps, and amenities near the airport and designated departure terminals. Which way to the massage chair?
Routehappy: With more than 31 million flights jamming airports and flight paths every year, travelers are paying the price. Routehappy seeks to ensure that travelers can avoid the most notoriously bad flights. The social review startup, created by a Travelocity alum, has its eye on becoming “the world’s flight experience search engine.” Through an easily navigable website and companion app, Routehappy gives passengers a place to share opinions on the best airports, airlines, planes, and travel routes. Users can rate flights from 700 airlines, with each one receiving a cumulative ‘happiness score’. The site has accumulated 90,000 reviews already from people in 60-plus countries.
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