Planning that next business trip or a family vacation for this summer? Three new travel websites and apps can make planning your flight easier from when to go to which seat to pick on the plane. FOX 35's Steve Gehlbach takes them for a test flight.
The first new travel tool is a website and app that can be used on a tablet or Smartphone, and it's hip … as in Hipmunk.
"This one actually does hotel or flight," explains Tom Jelneck of On Target Web Solutions in Casselberry.
Jelneck checked out the new travel apps that were just released last week. He likes Hipmunk because it links up with your own calendar.
"So it will look at our Microsoft Outlook, or iCal and when you're looking for flights it's actually going to integrate with your calendar and can see, ‘Oh, I have a meeting next week, so that's not going to work,' etc, so pretty intuitive," Jelneck shows us. "I thought that was a great idea."
Another new app to help you search flights is called SkyScanner. Jelneck found it fast and easy to use, but nothing to make it stand out.
"I didn't find any features on it that really overwhelm me, compared to the other ones," Jelneck says. "It was very quick, so I will say that."
And finally we looked at is SeatGuru. It comes from Trip Advisor, a well known website that gives you info from those who know the ins and outs of traveling.
"What I loved about this is it gives consumers a whole bunch of point of views from other consumers that have flown," Jelneck explains.
SeatGuru will give you the exact layout of each plane and airline, telling you exact which seats may be close to an exit, bathroom, which ones have more legroom.
And for those who want to stay connected in flight, it even tells you which seats have certain plug-ins for electronic devices like your iPad or portable DVD player.
The goal is to make your flight, whether for business or pleasure, a little less miserable.