TECH BYTE: Use Smartphone Apps to Make Traveling Easier

CHATTANOOGA, Tenn. (WDEF) — Summer is a popular time to go on a big trip or vacation, but getting to your destination doesn’t have to be stressful.

Plenty of travel apps make travel easier than ever.

If you’re planning to fly, make your packing a little less daunting with the MyTSA app.

It shows you what items you can take on the plane, and what you need to check with the rest of your luggage.

It’s easy to search any item to see what’s allowed.

Airline apps are always a good idea as well. We’re talking Delta, American, or whichever company you fly with.

You can buy a ticket straight from your phone, check in, and also check on your flight status.

“You don’t have to worry about printing anything,” said avid traveler Marty Wyne. “It all comes up. You store it in your wallet on your smartphone. And when you get to the airport, your phone is kind’ve your companion. Takes you through the airport, check your baggage, everything is taken care of ahead of time. So basically all you have to deal with is getting through security, and out to your gate.”

The Gate Guru app is helpful once you’ve made it into the terminal.

You can see what food, shopping, and other services are available at each airport, and where they’re located.

International travelers can take advantage of the Mobile Passport App.

It serves as your digital passport, and makes it easier to get through U.S. Customs.

As for finding a place to stay, the Expedia and Airbnb apps are recommended for booking rooms.

If you’re a AAA member, you may not even realize the company has an app with all sorts of features.

It can help you with driving routes, finding the cheapest gas in the area, and discounts.

“If you have it on, it can actually ping you when you go past something that offers a AAA discount, but there’s lots of features on it that can help drivers, especially on long road trips,” said Karen Sanchez, AAA Field Manager.

Of course, these are just a few of many free travel apps available for both Android and iPhone.

Just do a quick search in your phone’s app store to see what’s out there, to help make your trip a little smoother.

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