The 10 must-have luxury travel apps

There was once a time when booking a holiday meant browsing through a stack of brochures, a lengthy visit to the travel agent or booking a holiday over the phone on the recommendation of a friend. Today, thanks to the advances in modern technology, we have the world at our fingertips and booking a holiday has never been easier.

If you’re into your smartphone apps, you’ll know there is an app for almost anything. From ordering your groceries online to checking whether those shelves are straight (yes, there is a spirit level app available!), you can turn that humble phone in your pocket into a veritable tool chest.

And when it comes to travel apps, there are so many to choose from. Whether you are looking to find a cheap deal or you need help translating a phrase when you reach your destination, there is an app that will come to your rescue.

We’ve tracked down the cream of the crop when it comes to luxury travel apps. These are apps that put the world in your pocket and give you access to the latest luxury travel deals, tips for getting through airport security faster, airport lounge guides and details of some of the finest restaurants all over the world.

1. PrivateFly

PrivateFly is a great app if you want to book a private jet. It gives you access to over 8000 accredited jet charters around the world and allows you to read descriptions, view photos and get the contact details you need when time is of the essence. Direct booking is not available just yet but when you want to find a private jet in a hurry, PrivateFly is a great app to have at your disposal.

PrivateFly app

2. Zagat

You’ll need a Google account to download Zagat, but once installed you’ll have access to thousands of the best dining experiences the world over. Over 100 search filters allow you to search by city, cuisine and Zagat scores. What’s more, you can also check out the restaurants that are child friendly and which offer outside seating.

3. Amble

Developed on behalf of Louis Vuitton, Amble provides users with a unique way of capturing and sharing their travel experiences. The GPS-powered Around Me function helps users to discover new locations close to them. Once you have found a wonderful place, you can take photos, record audio snippets and create some fantastic memories of your trip.

4. Jetsetter

If you want 60% off bookings for 5-star hotels, ski resorts and spas, Jetsetter can put you in touch with the latest last minute deals. You’ll also find luxury safaris, cruises and adventure holidays on offer. You have the choice of searching by collection or you can check out the fun collections with names such as ‘For Downtown Hipsters’ and ‘Where The Cool People Sleep’.

Jetsetter app

5. Luxe City Guides

The great thing about this review app is that the reviews are written and researched by Luxe’s very own team. If you hate trawling through long Tripadvisor reviews then you will love the short and sweet style of the Luxe review. Don’t worry, it still tells you everything you need to know and the polished interface will ensure you find what you want in a flash. This is a great app to have on hand if you love to explore the world’s major cities.

6. Goop City Guides

Devised by celebrity Gwyneth Paltrow, Goop City Guides offer a personal glimpse into some of the best restaurants in Los Angeles, London and New York. You’ll also find the lowdown on the best bars to visit and where to stay. And when you’re not in the mood for a glitzy restaurant, why not look out for the best gastropubs available? There’s a dedicated tab that will help you track down the most rustic or traditional places to hang out.

7. IHG Kitchen Cookbook

Want to recreate that marvelous meal you had in Dubai? Or how about those pancakes you had for breakfast in Los Angeles? The IHG Kitchen Cookbook app gives you access to some of the most fabulous recipes and has been created by some of the top chefs at various InterContinental Hotels & Resorts.

IHG Kitchen Cookbook

8. Tripit

This clever smartphone app gives you access to a virtual travel PA in your pocket. Simply send Tripit your hotel, flight and car hire details and it will create a mini itinerary that you can print out or keep on your phone. This is a great app for business and leisure travellers alike.

9. MyTravel

When traveling in style, MyTravel is a great app to have at hand. MyTravel will help you manage your currency conversions, allowing you to save money, as well as budget your travel expenses. With MyTravel you’re able to travel in luxury, have a reference of your costs and save a little.

10. Packing Pro

Whether you love packing or hate it with a passion, Packing Pro can make this task a breeze. Just let the app know where you are going and it will create lists of essentials that it thinks you might need to pack.

Daniel Abrahams is Co-founder and CEO of MyTravelMoney.co.uk.

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  1. Patrick says:

    Whilst many of the above apps are indeed useful, it might have been wise to mention which ones are free and which ones cost. A link to their individual sites is also be helpful.

  2. Ru Macdonald says:

    Great general destination apps. I feel however that you
    Require a mix of these general travel apps and more niche apps for your destination of choice.

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