4 Apps to Maximize Your Travel Itineraries and Rewards
One of the biggest perks about traveling is that there are so many rewards programs to help you turn today’s travel into MORE travel in the future! The issue with having all of these programs is that there are so many of them that it can actually be confusing and overwhelming to keep up with all of them. Here are a few easy and free app options to help you manage everything from your itinerary to your dining plans.
Best Travel Itinerary Apps & Loyalty Program Apps
RewardExpert is a free service that uses an automated research process to give travelers all of their options in one place. Just pick a destination and RewardExpert will provide you with the best strategies and solutions for getting you there for the least amount of miles and fees. Sometimes the planning is the hardest part of the trip, and RewardExpert helps assist you through the tricky parts so that you can focus on the fun!
This handy app allows to you manage your reward balances and travel itineraries all in one place. Supporting over 600 loyalty programs (air, hotel, credit cards, car rental and more), AwardWallet is a free service that works great for both the casual traveler and the frequent flier. It’s even a great option for businesses looking to manage their corporate reward balances. Founded in 2004, this service can not only save you time and money, but it will also remind you of expiring credits and rewards.
Like the others, Points is a free service that uses a wallet system to track, exchange and redeem points, miles and rewards for the world’s largest rewards programs. With everything from airline to drugstore programs, adding your accounts to your wallet is as simple as entering the individual account information. You can track over 100 programs, and you will have access to your rewards balances at a glance and in real-time.
Easy-to-use Tripit is another free travel app for storing travel itineraries, rewards programs, and it even stores restaurant reservations! Simply forward all your hotel, flight, car rental, and restaurant confirmation emails to a single email address, and TripIt automatically creates a master itinerary for your travels, keeping all of your plans in one place. Easily view them from your phone (or any device) at a moments notice. One thing that I especially love about Tripit: You don’t need to be online to access your information. Trust me, this comes in very happy when the unexpected happens and you find yourself without wi-fi.
Tripit actually offers both a free and paid version. The free version has everything that you really need, but upgrade to the $49/year version, and you might find that it’s worth spending the extra money. The paid version includes the ability to share travel itineraries with your inner circle, real-time flight alerts and VIP travel benefits. The paid version also offers you the ability to track travel refunds, and they will notify you the moment that you are eligible for a refund. This feature alone might pay for your annual investment in Tripit. Plus, they offer a free 30-day trial for the paid version, so it’s worth looking into if you think this is something that you would use.
You work hard for your money, and you enjoy spending that hard-earned money on travel. Get the most out of your benefits and save money by allowing these free apps to help keep your travels organized and your rewards maximized!
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