Whether it's traveling home to see family for the holidays or jet setting across the globe for business trips, we all probably have a preferred method for finding the best prices on flights and hotels. Just about every major service that offers you the opportunity to get deals on travel packages has an app, and this battle is about two popular apps to help you lock down down a good deal on airfare and stay arrangements the next time you need to leave town. KAYAK and TripAdvisor. We'll go over a few features of each application and then let you all decide which one is the best in the G+ poll.
KAYAK is a one stop shop for everything from flights, to hotels, to rental cars, giving you an easy app to do a search for the best place to grab the best deals during your next trip. KAYAK provides uses with a way to search for and book flights, hotels and rental cars, although it merely does the searching for you as it is not a travel booking service itself. Once you find the flights and hotels you're looking for using KAYAK's listing results, you can tap on the booking you need to make where you will be directed to a new page to purchase your hotel and stay accommodations through a service like Booking.com or Orbitz, depending on what service offers you the combination of pricing and services you're looking for. All of this also happens within the KAYAK app and you aren't directed to the browser to place your orders which should keep the process quick and easy.
In addition to providing users with a way to search for the best hotel and flight deals, KAYAK also has a built-in flight tracker which lets you check on the status of your flight so you know whether it's still scheduled to arrive on time or not, and there's even a built-in feature for managing your trips itinerary, which could be fairly useful if you tons of things planned out for the trip. KAYAK also now has a new Explore feature which attempts to recommend trips to you if you aren't sure where you want to travel, and it bases the recommendations on your budget.
TripAdvisor gives you a way to search for and book your next flight and hotel, but it does much more than you provide you with a portal to finding great hotel and flight deals. It also helps you plan your next trip on nearly every level. You can find the best hotels and sort them by categories like popular stays, there's even an option to filter hotel options by Traveler's Choice Award Winners. You can also read reviews on both hotels and flights which include user submitted photos and videos so you can see what things look like of not only where you're traveling to, but where you'll be staying while you're there.
Once you have your trip planned out, and your flights and hotels booked, TripAdvisor can even help you find places to eat while you're away with the helpful feature to explore restaurants in the area and ways to filter search results by food type, price range, and even rating. There's also a feature to help you discover things to do in the area, and whenever the trip is all said and done you can even add in your own reviews and photos of your trip location and places you've stayed so that others can see your reviews during their next trip planning. The app also lets you download the maps, reviews and trip saves that you find and save them into your phone so you can use them without data roaming while you travel.
So which travel app do you use for planning your trips and finding your travel accommodations? Do you prefer KAYAK or TripAdvisor? TripAdvisor seems to have more features, but KAYAK may very well have better pricing available on airfare and hotels. Both apps provide you with the necessary things one needs when traveling, but which one deserves to be crowned champion of this app battle?