If you're feeling lost in the air, these flight tracking apps will keep you grounded!

If you fly with any amount of frequency, you're probably always keeping track of when one plane lands and another takes off. Will you make it to the gate for your transfer flight on time? You'll need to know whether your first flight is running late and if the transfer gate is across the terminal. With a flight tracking app, you can manage your travel days, and even just find out what planes are in the air above you. These are the best flight trackers in the App Store right now.

App in the Air


App in the Air is my personal favorite. When you enter your flight number, it will keep your entire trip organized from start to finish, including check-in times, boarding times, take off and landing times, delays, gate numbers, and more. If you are picking someone up from the airport, you can search for flights by location, arrival time, and flight numbers to get their current status. You can also set up notifications to keep track of any changes to your flight. If there has been a gate change or delay, you'll know before you even get in the car to drive to the airport.

If you are a frequent traveler or like keeping track of the flight status of family, friends, and business associates, App in the Air is your tracker.



FlightView is a popular flight tracking website that lets you view real-time flight statuses. The same company has three tiers of iOS apps, each with progressively more features. You can track your flight and even see, in real time, where it is over the Earth. You can manage your itinerary, including car rentals and hotel reservations, get alerts about delays, get the local weather report before the captain announces it, and even see how the worldwide weather is affecting general airport delays.

If you have a bad case of FOMO (fear of missing out) and need to see the status of every flight coming in and out of an airport, FlightView Elite includes access to flight boards, which you can also filter by airline, origin, destination city, and arrival or departure time.

If you fly regularly in bad weather, FlightView will keep you abreast of how that weather will affect your flight.



When I go on vacation, I kinda hate the first and last day ... because travel. Getting to the airport on time, making sure I've got my reservations all squared away, hoping there isn't a long line at TSA — it can all be very stressful. GateGuru is designed specifically for those travel days with tools that help organize your itinerary. When you enter your itinerary, it will let you know which terminal you should go to, the day's weather, your gate information, flight status, TSA wait times, airport food information, airport maps, and car rental information.

It's less about tracking your flight and more about making that day of travel as comfortable as possible for you. If you normally worry about how long you might have to stand in the security line (like I do), you can check the estimated wait. If you end up at an airport for a lengthy amount of time, you can look up the best place to eat or find some entertainment at your terminal.

If travel days stress you out when you're on vacation, get GateGuru to help see you through the anxiety. Who knows, maybe travel days will actually become fun for you.



If you're less interested in tracking your flight and more interested in the general aesthetic of aviation, you should check out Flightradar24. Not only can you track planes around the U.S., Europe, South America, Asia, Australia, New Zealand, and more, including where they are in the air, but you can also see what the pilot sees in real time with the Cockpit View's dashboard cam. When a plane flies overhead, you can point your iPhone at it and, using augmented reality, find out the flight number, where it left from, and where it's headed. Flightradar24 also has some fun tracking tools so you can set up notifications, filter by airline or aircraft, find out weather conditions for a particular airport, and even view the entire flight board at an airport.

If you're an aviation enthusiast, you'll be able to spend hours tracking planes with Flightradar24.

Now Arriving


Sometimes, you don't need all the details of where a plane is, how long it is in the air, or whether it's raining at the airport. Sometimes, you just need to know what time to pick someone up. Now Arriving is a simple app with one main purpose: to tell you when a flight is supposed to land. Enter a flight number and you'll see when it will arrive, what gate it will pull into, and how long it will take you to get to the airport from your current location.

This app is great for someone like me. I pick up friends and family from the airport all of the time because I live close. I estimate my drive time, and assume the flight arrival time is correct, but sometimes I get it wrong, and either have to drive around the airport for 15 minutes, or my poor family has to wait around in the rain for me to get there. Now Arriving takes out the guess work.

If the only thing you care about is what time you have to pick up the in-laws from the airport, then Now Arriving is your cup of tea.

Source : This article was published imore.com By LORY GIL

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GOOGLE FLIGHTS has a direct competitor: META-META flight search - created by CheapFlightsFinder - is a new way for travellers to find the cheapest deal on flights and tickets. 

The company states it is the first flight search engine to compare up to 10 leading metasearch engines - sites like Skyscanner, Kayak, momondo, Google Flights - for the best deals and the cheapest flights online.

The site also has a flexible date function which allows users to find the cheapest day for a flight, then compare that to other search engines to see if there is an even better price available.

Another option allows travellers to search for cheap flights to a flexible destination, meaning they could potentially end up anywhere in the world for the best possible price.

CheapFlightsFinder claims it can search more than 1,200 sources to find the cheapest flight.

Meta-meta flight search to find cheapest flight tickets

Checking multiple flight comparison sites for the cheapest flights online is very important, according to the company's website.

It said: "You should always check multiple flight comparison sites for the cheapest flights online as there can be up to 20 per cent difference in flight prices found on each different site.

"This is because different search engines each search a different selection of sources, and degrees of accuracy vary between each site.

"The best way of locating the absolutely lowest priced fares is by comparing all of them via Cheap Flights Finder in seconds."

Meta-meta flight search to find cheapest flight tickets

 There are a number of other services hoping to match travellers up with the best airfares too.

An update on Google Flights monitors dates travellers want to fly and lets them know when prices are expected to change.

Another booking website, Skiplagged, offers "hidden city flights" to help travellers save up to 80 per cent on the cost of trips.

But even after finding and booking a flight and making your way to the airport, a certain passport rule could stop you from flying - even if you have valid documents.

Meta-meta flight search to find cheapest flight tickets

A passport rule meant a man was denied entry to his British Airways flight from Heathrow to Nice - despite holding a valid passport.

But it looks like the flight company might have been in the wrong in barring passenger Toby Keen.

The 48-year-old had booked British Airways flights to Nice for a wedding in the south of France over the August back holiday, but despite successfully checking in online, a check-in agent at the airport said he could not fly because his passport had less then three months before it expired. 

It comes just months after a passport rule for Britons heading to the US meant passengers were at risk of being denies entry to the country - even with a valid passport. 

Source : express

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You might be aware of google flights. This travel search engine is capable of doing everything you would expect. It can locate flights according to your ideal time which may include inbound time outbound time and number of flights. It is based on the same technology that powers Orbitz and kayak.

This online tool is superior to any other human travel agent as the site includes all host of features that are difficult to imagine. There are few tricks involved while checking for the air tickets through google.

It is advised to use Google Flights on your phone where you may receive pop-up notifications informing you about the price increase for flight in the near future. These notifications may not be available for each and every route and you do not have any control over them after they appear. The trick is to predict the time to book the ticket before the prices may increase.

The best way is to search for the general region if you are not aware of the route or the destination. When doing so the map of the whole continent appears along with the prices. You can filter the options like duration of the flight, type of airline, and the fair.

If you click I am feeling Lucky button after opening the map within Google Flights. You just need to pick your departure spot than google will pick the destination based on your search history. The bar graph will tell you the flights with the lowest rates.

You can also notice the best combination of flights with price and speed. So you don't have to think about a layover or paying some extra amount for a nonstop flight.

Prices of all the flights are available every day for all thirty days in a month. The days with lowest prices are highlighted in green. You can understand the increase or decrease in the prices through the bar graph.

The tip bar helps you to understand the amount of money you may save in case you wish to fly earlier, later or from a different airport. You can compare the prices before making the final decision.

If you hit the button save the itinerary then Google now will track its prices. All this can be done through your mobile phone and you will receive messages about the latest updates.

Source : counselheal

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Choosing the right time to book a flight is confusing. It's not necessarily the case that tickets are cheaper the earlier you book, since flights can be at their cheapest just a few weeks before departure, depending on the time you fly and your destination. But with no hard and fast rule, it's difficult to tell.



But a new feature from Google's flight-searching tool has taken the hassle out of picking the best time to book flights. The search engine will now tell you when the price of a flight is expected to rise, or allow you to track flights by email to see how they fluctuate.

The service is a new feature of Google Flights, the search engine's own price comparison tool that rivals Skyscanner and Kayak. When selecting a particular route, the search results may display a notification saying when prices may rise, based on historical flight data. Tapping the notification will give you details about how likely the price rise is and by how much it will be.

Google Flights notifications

Selecting a particular flight, and the data is likely to be more accurate, telling you in how many hours the fare is likely to increase. For example, above the button to proceed there may be a notification saying "£71 fare increase likely in eight hours".

The service is most useful for monitoring price rises when buying tickets in the weeks running up to flights. But if you're looking at tickets several months in advance you can also set up email notifications that will alert you when prices are expected to increase, or when they actually increase or decrease.




The service lets you set up emails to warn of further price increases


The feature puts Google in competition with Hopper, a mobile app that shows users the best time to purchase a ticket. The company says the feature will become available in the coming weeks.

Source : telegraph.co.uk


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Google has released an update to its travel offering that tells you the best time to book a cheap flight and hotel room. With millions expected to travel this holiday season, this new feature should alleviate some of the stress of trip-planning, especially for those doing so through a mobile device.



Google will now tell you if you’re getting the cheapest flight possible — based on when the prices for the flights and routes you are interested in are expected to increase. In some cases, a notification will appear on those flights when Google determines that the current fare will expire, along with a note detailing how much you’ll be able to save if you book immediately.

Another notification will be shown when you’re looking at specific routes — such as from New York to San Diego — to inform you of multiple ways to find the best price. Some of these tips include recommendations for alternate airports or travel dates or when there might be an expected price jump, based on historical data. Simply tap on these tips to see details about any price increase.

All of these notifications are rolling out over the “coming weeks.” And even if you’re not planning a trip quite yet, Google can send you emails letting you know when prices are expected to change — perhaps enticing you to book?


Oh, and to help you handle flight logistics, Google will let you track and manage saved flights right on your phone.

Whether you’re interested in flights or not, if you want a place to stay, Google can provide similar notifications. It’ll now allow you to filter out hotels based on whether they are offering a deal during your travel dates. The service already labels deals when a hotel’s price is lower than usual — based on discounts or historical pricing — but that was not a specific setting you could select, until now. Google also now alerts you if there’s specific savings for loyalty members listed on a hotel’s website.

And since users turn to the search engine to research practically everything about their daily lives, Google believes it is positioned to do a great job when it comes to travel and is eager to take on services such as Kayak and Bing Travel that have similar capabilities.

This is the latest update being made to Google’s travel products, with the most recent being the launch of its Trips app.

Source : venturebeat

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