Best business travel APPs

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Ryan Potgieter | Brand Leader | Flight Centre Business Travelmail me |


These days there’s an app for just about everything. From everyday apps to help you get around, like Uber and Google Maps, to the more bespoke and sometimes bizarre ones like Carr Matey to locate your car in a pirate voice, which just about says it all.

The total number of mobile app downloads in 2017 was around 197 billion, according to Statista.

With so many mobile apps out there, rest assured there are plenty of helpful, user-friendly options, great for day-to-day use, especially if you often find yourself running a small business or managing a team from up in the air.

These days, business travellers double up on TMC advice and everyday consumer apps to help them get things done efficiently. Business travellers want technology that’s cool, current, and anticipates their needs. In fact they’re finding that these everyday consumer apps offer functionality they didn’t even know they needed.

These digital tools are often free, compatible with iOS and Androids and can be used offline, which means there’s no need to scramble for WiFi to retrieve your itinerary, to update your schedule and check important documents. Its self-service at your fingertips.

The 9 best apps for business travel that you can ‘pack’ on your next trip to make life easier.


TripIt

Installs | 1,000,000 – 5,000,000

For business travellers that like to keep their travel plans all in one place, this app makes it super easy. This everyday travel app stores all of your various reservation numbers for easy access offline. All you do is download the app, then forward travel confirmation emails to plans@tripit.com for TripIt to create a master itinerary. It’s free, but there’s a paid version ($49 a year) with extra features.

Learn more about TripIt here |


Pocket

Installs | 10,000,000 – 50,000,000

There are plenty different offline reading apps available but Pocket is easily one of the best. Save articles now to read later on long journeys, from business reports, white papers, and educational articles, all without needing Internet connection.

Download Pocket | here |


XE Currency

Installs | 10,000,000 – 50,000,000

Most travellers (and even non-travellers) will already be familiar with XE Currency. There are plenty currency apps out there but XE continues to be the best. Calculate live currency and foreign exchange rates on the go for free. What more could you need? This free app is available for iPhone, iPad, Android, BlackBerry, Windows, and Firefox OS devices.

Start converting on the go here |


Wifi Map

Installs | 10,000,000 – 50,000,000

This app is useful for everyday consumers reliant on WiFi Map to keep them connected without wanting to use mobile data. This app helps locate free WiFi spots across the world which are crowdsourced by users who can even rate the internet quality and list the password. Its free and offers the location of more than 100,000,000 hotspots.

Find that free WiFi with WiFi Map here |


DocuSign

Installs | 1,000,000 – 5,000,000

DocuSign is an electronic signature and document app which allows you to take important business contracts with you on the road. Use it to draft up legal contracts with clients and sign them from your smartphone or tablet. From there, send them back to the office for review and approval. Documents are encrypted when they’re sent, adding a layer of security.

Download this useful business travel app here |


Google Translate

 Installs | 500,000,000 – 1,000,000,000

Don’t forget about Google Translate. If you’re travelling to a new country where you don’t speak the language, simply type in the words you need to translate, pick a target language and away you go. You’ve also got the option of taking a photo, or even speaking a phrase and having the resulting text translated and even read aloud.

If you don’t already have this travel app, use it on your next business triphere |


Priority Pass

Installs | 1,000,000 – 5,000,000

Priority Pass offers reviews and detailed info on hundreds of lounges domestically and internationally. Whether you’ve already got access via an airline membership or business class ticket, this travel app also lets you buy day passes for lounges around the globe.

Download your free Priority Pass travel app here |


Visit a City

Installs | 500,000 – 1,000,000

If you find yourself on a business trip with some time to squeeze in some sightseeing, you can make use of free suggestion itineraries, attraction info, guides, activities and maps with Visit a City. This app is well-liked by leisure travellers and is very clear about the distance between two destinations and how to get from point A to B. The best part? Its free and works offline.

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Visit your next city with Visit a City here |


Evernote

Installs | 100,000,000 – 500,000,000

Not technically a travel app at all, Evernote curates all your thoughts and important key notes that you might want to jot down while you’re on the move. This everyday app makes it easy to write down and organise notes while you’re away from your desk. You can also sync this free app across all your devices to access your notes whenever you need them.

Learn more about how Evernote works here |