Good apps, websites for flights, maps and more
Detroit Free Press
Some useful travel apps and websites:
The giant disadvantage of most map programs for your phone is that they require data roaming or Wi-Fi when you’re abroad. But the City Maps 2 Go app gives unlimited downloadable maps that can be viewed completely off-line, perfect for trips out of the country. For iPhone ($2.99 at iTunes) or Android ($1.99 at Google Play.)
The Open Flights website (openflights.org) shows travelers if there is a direct (nonstop) flight from one airport to another. Let’s say you want to go to Quito, Ecuador. It shows you a map of all nonstop routes to and from the Quito airport, including three in the U.S. — Houston, Atlanta and Miami. Click each airport icon on the map to see who flies the route and how long it takes.
Trips with Pets has a new useful feature: tripswithpets.com/search-by-route lets you put in your driving route, and it shows pet friendly hotels within a 3-mile radius of the route.
Delta SkyMiles members who will fly a lot between now and Jan. 5 might want to buy this $199 Smart Travel Pack (delta.com/smarttravelpack) promotion that gets you and travel companions free baggage, better seats and priority boarding on every flight you take during the period.
Those who already have Delta elite status or an American Express SkyMiles card don’t need this perk that duplicates some of their benefits, but others might want to look into it.
Airbnb has a free mobile version of its popular app that finds you private accommodations, such as in a home; rooms are available in 192 countries. It’s also easy to upload a picture of your place should you decide to post your own lodgings for rent on the site. Available for iPhone at iTunes and Android at Google Play.