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5 great luxury travel apps for your smartphone

Smartphones are the ultimate handheld device for travellers, making the experience more rewarding than ever before. If you want to fly first class, stay in 5-star hotels and eat at Michelin rated restaurants we’ve collated the top luxury travel apps to help you do so. These applications are available on a range of platforms and devices and are perfect for those that love to jet-set in style. PrivateFly Users can access PrivateFly’s global network of over 8000 accredited private jet charters with instant price estimates so you can fly in opulence wherever you are in the world. The app provides photographs of the private jets available with a short description and vital statistics, helping customers’ decision making process if time is of the essence. Two neat features come in the form of the Private jet empty leg availability, as well as the Jet Me Home feature which displays immediate flights in your area. You can’t book directly from the application yet, a feature that would make it even more efficient, but for finding private jets for a luxury flight PrivateFly can’t be beaten. Jetsetter Members only travel site Jetsetter continues its exclusive brand image with their super slick smartphone application that encourages further spontaneous travel-buying. It offers insider access to the world’s best hotels, vacation homes and tour packages providing elite deals with up to 60% off last minute bookings for 5-star hotels, spa, beach and ski resorts, as well as adventure holidays, treks, safaris and cruises. Users can search by destination or by collection, where the Jetsetter team have curated holiday packages with fun titles like 3 Day Escape Plan, Downtown Hip and Where The Fashionistas Sleep. Luxe City Guides Harness the excitement of visiting a major city with Luxe’s City Guide app. The reviews are researched and written by Luxe’s team resulting in a short and snappy style that means you won’t waste time reading overly-long reviews of the best places to drink, dine and dance, sleep, spa and swim. Only the best places make it into the Luxe Guide so there are no duff entries. The polished interface is smooth and stylish providing a great user experience and you get free updates for a year with the second year at a reduced price. A must have app for those that love to explore major cities. Zagat Google acquired Zagat a couple of years ago so you now require a Google + account to download the Zagat app, but it’s well worth the short amount of time that takes. It gives you access to reviews of over 30,000 restaurants from the best dining destinations across the globe. The varied search functions with over 100 filters allow users to discover eateries according to cuisine, cost, Zagat score or dining features such as opening times, children friendly, patio seating etc. You can add your own reviews of restaurants and post them directly from the app or save your favourites so when you’re back in New York you can instantly remind yourself of your much loved places to eat. Amble This is an innovative and inspiring application from the ultimate high-end fashion brand. Louis Vuitton’s Amble app provides users with new ways of capturing their travel memories and sharing them with family and friends. The Around Me feature utilizes GPS to help you discover new places in your location, you can then record a personal tour by taking photos, audio snippets, notes and videos along the journey to create a digital travel diary. It’s intuitive interface makes the app easy to use and the personal tours are great to look over when you’ve returned from your holiday and want to remind yourself of that magical walk from Paris’s city centre up to the Sacre-Couer Cathedral in Montmartres. Jack Lockyer is Digital Marketing manager at Chapman Freeborn. If you would like to be a guest blogger on A Luxury Travel Blog in order to raise your profile, please contact us.

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