13 Niche Travel Apps to Save you Money and Time

If you love to travel (and who doesn’t), it’s likely that you have run into some travel woes from time to time. It’s not always easy to plan the perfect trip–from scheduling time off, to booking flights and hotels, to actually making it to and from your destinations, there is a lot of planning involved. With the help of these 13 unique apps, you can save money, time, and some of the hassle that can make traveling tough.

Travel Apps to Save You Money

Hotel Tonight

The spontaneous traveler’s favorite app, Hotel Tonight unearths unsold rooms so you can rest easy with great last-minute deals. The app is image-centric, allowing you to compare what the hotels and their accommodations have to offer. It’s fast and easy to book. Hotel Tonight says “we are the night out with friends that turned into a road trip to Vegas.”


Skyscanner offers three apps, each with its own niche: flights (obviously), hotels, and car rentals. Skyscanner Flights compares information from hundreds of airlines to help you find the best deals. The app will give you price alerts so you can be sure to buy when your flight is at its cheapest. The best part: the app is free and they don’t even charge booking fees!

SkyScanner App


Named one of the 50 best iPhone apps by Time, Hipmunk is a good tool to keep in your pocket if you like to travel. It has hotel deals for tonight, hotel and flight deals, easy booking, and comparison shopping. You can search flights sorted by “agony” to save time by minimizing layovers.


The developers’ goal in creating this app was to help people discover the beauty of the world through travel. It’s an app for those who like to travel for inspiration and exploration. SkyPicker will help you find the best deals through combining airlines and finding unique flight connections for any trip. They even guarantee their flights, so if you have a cancellation or delay you can get your money back!


“Find your airport oasis” with LoungeBuddy. The app will help you make the most of your time while you travel with its capability to book airport lounges all around the world. It’s hard to know the unique attributes, cost structures, and access rules at each airport lounge until you get LoungeBuddy.


Seat Alerts

Seat Alerts, by ExpertFlyer, takes the potential discomfort of the middle seat out of your travel plans. The app monitors your flight for available seats all the way up until the flight departs so that if a better seat for you opens up, you can switch. They say the app finds users a preferred seat more than 75% of the time.


You know that feeling you get just before booking a flight that you may have somehow been able to fly cheaper? That’s what the Hopper app is for; it scours the internet for the best airline deals and will even give you forecasts of the expected price changes for certain flights. The app will notify you when your designated flight is at its lowest cost.


In addition to finding cheap flights through many airlines, Skiplagged also helps find unique opportunities to fly which may not be possible to find elsewhere. Basically, if you’re willing to fly without checking luggage, you can get on board with flights where your destination is technically just a layover. It’s worth a shot to check this app before booking!

Priority Pass

For priority flyers, just type in your destination city, airport, or country and browse through airport lounge pricing and accommodations.


Use this app once you’ve arrived at your destination to book experiences at attractions, go sight-seeing, and find the best local spots. It has offline maps, routing, and city walks for destinations all over the world. This is the best way to make sure you get the most out of each city you visit!



WorldMate is your personal travel assistant. It does everything for you: organizes your itinerary, including flights hotels, cars, and meetings, notifies you when you cross paths with any of your LinkedIn connections, checks in for your flights, synchs your schedule with your iPhone calendar, helps post your trip to social pages, share your itineraries, and more. Especially helpful for traveling during business trips when you don’t have an actual personal assistant!


If there are places you’ve been wanting to visit, but haven’t found the right price or the perfect opportunity, give Hitlist a chance. Just tell the app the trips you want to take and it will monitor deals to help you find the best time to travel.


This is another app to use once you get to your destination. Its main goal is to help travelers find the best way to get around once your flight has landed. All the necessary information about local busses, trains, cars, and etc is at your fingertips when you arrive with Airportrs.

Have a favorite app for when you’re traveling? Please share!

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One Response to 13 Niche Travel Apps to Save you Money and Time

  1. Ryan Biddulph February 1, 2016 at 10:39 pm #

    Hi Matt,

    I’ve heard more about Hotel Tonight recently. Super app for finding solid last minute deals if you’re a frequent traveler. This is the first non house sit we’ve done in a while so we went to Air BnB and rented the first fab spot we saw in Costa Rica. Awesome month we’ve had here.

    Happy Travels, fellow globe trotter!


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