NCET explores business and technology
By Jodi Jung
The days of paperless travel are upon us, with digital boarding passes, e-confirmations and online travel booking tools on the upswing.
Business Travelers need little more than a smartphone or tablet to manage anything from complex itineraries, finding a nearby Wi-Fi spot or find the shortest security line at the airport. These apps do it all, updating you if a flight is delayed, finding the closest restaurant, or helping you navigate a busy airport on a tight schedule.
Tripit – This trip organizer from Concur is free (with ads) on iOS and Android devices. ($49 for ad-free and Tripit Pro) Tripit puts all your travel plans right on your smartphone no matter where your travel was booked. You can also sync your business or personal email accounts to Tripit accounts, or forward travel confirmation emails to firstname.lastname@example.org to build a trip itinerary.
App in the Air – App in the Air is a smart, straightforward, flight tracking app that has the best coverage of airlines and airports. It will keep you updated about flight status – even if you don’t have internet coverage – and helps you manage your time at the airport, breaking down each flight into four stages, check in, boarding, takeoff and landing time. It also integrates with Tripit (above) allowing you to import all your flights. Free on iOS and Android.
GateGuru – This free personal airport assistance app provides a map of the terminals as well as reviews of restaurants within the airport. However, the most helpful feature might be the “tips” section and the average wait time at each terminal’s security checkpoint.
FLIO – An Airport Wi-Fi personal assistance, allows you to never fill out a sign-up form again to receive free Wi-Fi. It simply connects you with the official free Wi-Fi and gets you online in seconds. But FLIO doesn’t just help with Wi-Fi; it provides users with exclusive discounts on everything from food and drink to duty-free shopping.
Waze – If you’re driving to a meeting in a city you’ve never visited before, you can easily miscalculate how long it’s going to take you. That’s why you need Waze on your smartphone. It will calculate the best route, and as delays pop up, it will give you better options. It even lets drivers upload reports on new traffic jams and accidents, so you know well in advance if something is blocking your paths.
Duolingo – A free and well-designed language learning app. The app is a fun way to get the basics, or to keep yourself fresh on grammar and vocabulary, before a trip abroad. Just like a computer game, the app guides you through levels that you need to complete before advancing, and you gain experience points along the way.
Jodi Jung is Director of Sales & Marketing for Business Travel & Tours and NCET’s CO-VP of Membership Retention. NCET is a member-supported non-profit that produces educational and networking events to help individuals and businesses explore and use technology. This column first appeared in the Reno Gazette-Journal.