Travel apps and tips to keep your holidays bright

Pavemint

Between booking flights, getting to the airport and figuring out where to stay, sometimes we all need a little help to make our vacation more fun and less stressful, especially during holiday season.

Published on thepointsguy.com | 11/21/2017 | Direct link

Whether you’re headed home for the holidays or exploring a new city, we want to make sure you enjoy your vacation as much as possible. Here are our recommendations for the best travel apps and tips to make your vacation as easy as pumpkin pie, so that you find yourself with an abundance of holiday spirit when you finally get to where you’re going!

Know when to pounce

First things first, you have to find a flight, right? Hopper is an app that lets you set up alerts when flight prices go up and down. If your dates are somewhat flexible, you can also make use of their relatively new feature Flex Watch to find even lower rates. If your travel plans are especially flexible, you can even set up an alert for a region, state or country, so that you’ll be ready to buy as soon as that perfect flight rolls along.

Explore the magic of the layover

By finding “hidden cities,” Skiplagged offers flights so cheap, they were actually sued by United (they won.) It works by searching flights with layovers at your destination. For example, if you want to fly from Los Angeles to Chicago, there may be a cheaper flight from Los Angeles to Boston with a layover in Chicago. You buy the cheaper ticket and then skip the connecting flight. Genius, right? The only downside is that you can’t check luggage (because it would end up at the flight’s final destination—yikes) and only one-way fare.

While we’re on the topic of layovers, let’s talk about stopover flights for a moment. Did you know that if you’re traveling abroad, certain airlines will let you extend your layover for free or a very small fee? It’s like two vacations in one! Icelandair offers up to seven days in Reykjavík with a local guide to show you around at no additional cost. Finnair will give you up to five nights in Helsinki and Emirates offers four days in Dubai. Here’s a full list of airlines that have stopover programs for your next holiday twofer.

Skip the line

You know that feeling of intense jealousy when you’re waiting in the airport security line and people just breeze past to pre-check without even taking off their shoes? Get ready to be on the other side. Those Fast Pass people are probably members of the Global Entry program or TSA Pre-Check. To join, fill out an application online and book an interview. The Global Entry application fee is $100, the TSA Pre-Check feeis $85 and they both last for five years. Check out this handy guide to know which one’s right for you. The best part? If you buy airline tickets for you and your family, partner, or friend, you all get pre-check. That’s right, YOU get pre-check and YOU get pre-check!

Park with Pavemint at LAX

If you’re flying out of LAX, you’re definitely going to want to park with Pavemint. Trust us. You can check out all of the options by visiting the LAX section in the neighborhoods tab in the app, from just the basics to a valet that brings your car right to your gate. Use coupon code: FLYAWAY on the app for $100 worth of parking at LAX on us for your next trip. You’re welcome!

Car rentals of the future

If you have to rent a car during your trip, there are a few travel apps to make that way easier. Maven is like Zipcar of the future. Use your phone to book, find, unlock and start the car. With cars available in 11 major cities in the U.S. and prices as low as $8/hour with fuel included, it’s hard to imagine anything better.

Unless of course, you use Turo, a car rental app just like Airbnb, but for cars. Rent your car directly from the owner in over 4,700 cities across the US, Canada, and the UK with car rental rates up to 35% cheaper than traditional agencies. If you love the sharing economy as much as we do, then Turo is probably for you.

Travel like a local

If you’re headed to a new city, there are travel apps to give you expert recommendations on where to go, what to eat, and how to spend your time. Cool Cousin is an app that gives you personalized city guides from locals. Browse the guides and pick the local who seems the coolest to see their favorite spots for nightlife, culture, coffee, food, outdoors, shopping and activities.

Localeur is a sort of microblogging app where locals share their favorite things to do depending on the situation. Find featured events, food recommendations, the best museums and more, depending on the city.

Google Maps may show you the most efficient route from point A to point B, but the app Sidekix will show you the most interesting route. Plug in your destination or browse the neighborhood to discover hidden gems just around the corner.

Hack the hotel game

Hotels and Airbnbs can get expensive while you’re traveling. To find the best deals on hotels, try Roomer, a marketplace where people buy and sell hotel reservations. When plans change and people can’t get a refund on their hotel reservation, they can post it to Roomer, where you can scoop it up at a fraction of the price.

If you’re on a trip and just want a quick place to shower, nap or work during the day, you can book a heavily discounted room using the app Dayuse. The best part is you also have full access to all the hotel’s facilities. Here’s to hoping they have a sauna!

Other articles


Take a break

Take a break

Ever wished you could cuddle up in bed and stay there all day long? Ever had to spend a twelve-hour stopover waiting in an eerie airport? Ever needed a quiet...

Read more

Time for a getaway

Time for a getaway

Have you ever thought about all the things you could do in a hotel if you don’t arrive after dinner and leave before 9am? Admit it... You spent hours admiring...

Read more

Experience real mobile working

Experience real mobile working

More than just a room to rest in, Dayuse.com offers an ideal environment for workers. Whether you need a quiet place to sit and think or inspiration from new...

Read more

HOTELBYDAY NEW YORK

HOTELBYDAY NEW YORK

Spending a few hours for work in the Big Apple ? Such trips can often be exhausting and working in small coffee shops isn't always easy.

Read more

Hourly Hotels

Dayuse.com, the booking central of hourly hotels, offers hotel rooms for a day at negotiated rates. Booking a hotel room for the day is a great way to break...

Read more

Book a hotel room for the day

Book a hotel room for the day

Book a hotel room for the day with Dayuse.com. Our hotel partners offer the perfect daycation for you and your partner.

Read more

New York napping

New York napping

Take a nap, you dream of it every day, yet very few of us manage to experience this delightful moment. Most of people take their lunches quietly behind their...

Read more

Work in a hotel

Work in a hotel

Why not be innovative and modern in the way you work? Have you ever considered working in a hotel during the day?

Read more

Day room

Day room

Tired of napping in your room back at home? Maybe you need to switch it up a bit. With Day rooms you can book a Day room during the day to take a solo nap,...

Read more

1 Dayuse, 1000 possibilities


Discover the many joys of hotels by the day with Dayuse.com
Well-being

More than just a room: spa, pool, restaurant, gym, concierge service...

Business

Better than an office: a well-equipred room in a unique setting

Relaxation

The comfort of a beautiful quiet room

10:00 am 4:00 pm
-51% US$ 239 per night
US$ 119
The Bernic Hotel
Manhattan
The Bernic Hotel
More than just a room, enjoy VIP access to a luxury pool Well-being
 
10:00 am 3:30 pm
-25% US$ 99 per night
US$ 75
Comfort Inn Fairfield
Fairfield
Comfort Inn Fairfield
10:00 am 6:00 pm
-61% US$ 329 per night
US$ 129
Hotel Belleclaire
Manhattan
Hotel Belleclaire
 
A unique space to hold interviews and organise creative photo shoots... Business
10:00 am 4:00 pm
-81% US$ 329 per night
US$ 65
Embassy Suites by Hilton Miami International Airport
Miami
Embassy Suites by Hilton Miami International Airport
 
A cosy quilt and a good nap to recharge your batteries. Relaxation

Dayuse.com has generated over one million bookings and boasts over 5 000 hotels across 25 countries

A Dayuse.com advisor will answer all your questions on 855 378 5969

Your dayuse, wherever you want it


Discover our new application and book a room in just a few clicks!

Dayuse - Applications

Features