To wander is to live, that is, travelling is a very prominent part of our lives. Be it for business, leisure or anything in between, we travel for most of our lifetime. With travelling, we may incur some unwanted and unplanned charges; this is where some travel apps jump in and make our lives easier.
These apps come with features like booking in advance; free breakfast buffet offers, hassle free bookings, zero cancellation policies and brutally honest reviews embedded within to prevent last minute surprises. You get a minimal UI and swipe through booking your next trip seamlessly. The use of amazing coupons can even make your pockets happy.
Here we discuss six apps that can make travelling cheaper and convenient for you.
Makemytrip Inc. (MMT), founded by Deep Kalra in the US market in the year 2000, has now grown into a mega online travel conglomerate, which includes international and domestic flights, holiday packages, rail and bus tickets to and from anywhere in the world.
There is nearly 10 million app installs so far, and it enjoys a rating of 4.2 on the Google Playstore with mostly positive reviews.
MakeMyTrip is a one stop solution for all travel needs ranging from booking a room or a flight to buying the whole holiday travel package.
How does it help?
MMT comes up with jaw-dropping stay offers and deals which sometimes gets you unbelievable discounts on those tickets and bookings. It caters to the frequent fliers and to those who take a vacation once in half a month.
There’s something for everyone, and the new 24×7 hotline is simply amazing. They also offer Pay at Checkout option, which makes MMT even more trustworthy.
Why go for MMT?
What makes the MakeMyTrip App standout is its easily accessible support section wherein you can raise issues, suggestions, and complaints from within the app. The app offers a beautiful UI with side by side comparisons of all flights and an option to sort them by fares and departure dates.
Add to it the exclusive MakeMyTrip flight coupons, which lets you save up to Rs 15,000 on your flight bookings. Not just that, MMT understands what it means to be a ‘traveller on a tight schedule’. To cater to the inconvenience faced by those who had to cancel their flights at the last minute, MMT has introduced its ‘zero cancellation’ policy, wherein you get a full refund of your ticket booking amount, even in the case of last minute cancellations.
You can also make use of their Refer and Earn offer by inviting a friend to sign up, for which your friend will get Rs. 1,200 and you earn Rs. 600 for each friend, up to Rs.7000.
Formed in August 2006 with a few seats from one bus operator, Redbus has become the most known name in the bus travel booking market. It is India’s best platform for online bus ticketing and was ranked the most trusted brand of online travel category as per The Brand Trust Report, India Study 2015. They launched their app in February 2013 and had got 40,000,000 downloads since then with a rating of 4.3 on the Google Playstore.
How does it help?
You get many offers and coupons and amazing discounts on using several e-wallets due to their tie-ups with several prestigious e-wallets. It caters to several bus bookings in almost all inter-city travels in India. What makes it worth a try is the simplicity and ease of access.
Their new ‘Bus Hire‘ section in the app is for the ‘big family’ needs. They recently introduced the ability to use RedBus wallet money on hotel bookings and offer a refreshing 6 AM check-in ability free of cost. You can also avail 30% off on bus tickets of Rs. 400 and above, which is all the more reason to download this amazing app.
#3 IRCTC Connect
When you think Indian Railway, you think of IRCTC. It has become one of the best in business for online travel bookings. One of the first known travel websites, it caters to the needs of all travellers by helping them skip the queue and get directly to their seat booking without the hassle of an agent in between.
The IRCTC Connect app was launched for all platforms in October 2014 and since then has more than 10 million downloads, with an average rating of 4.2/5 on the Google Play Store.
The app is a must download as it offers on-time Tatkal services with a swipe of your finger. You can even order food to be delivered to your respective berths and seats. You can also easily check the PNR status from the app itself, being from Indian Railways itself it is expected to offer par excellence services.
#4 Oyo Rooms
Started in 2013, Oyo Rooms is a hotel brand that owns and aggregates standardised hotels rooms in 200 cities of India and makes sure people get excellent hospitality services at an affordable price. The mid-segment market being the biggest market of India has helped Oyo become a sought after brand with time. What makes people so attracted to it is the ease with which they can carry out the booking and cancel it if the need arises.
Why choose Oyo Rooms?
Oyo rooms were the first in the industry to provide guaranteed early check-in, starting from 6 AM, and, at no extra cost at across 2000 hotels in over 160 cities. You can also get Rs 600 off on booking for more than Rs. 2200, done via app only, using the coupon code CD600A.
#5 Trip Advisor
TripAdvisor is an American travel website which beliefs in ‘Know before you go’. They are not only a pretty good hotel booking platform but also provides brutally honest reviews and helpful travel-related content. Their app was launched in October in 2013 and now is the Editor’s choice on the Google Playstore with a rating of 4.4, which is very impressive.
Founded in February 2000, they now have 500 million reviews covering the world’s largest selection of travel listing and about 390 million average new users every month.
Being completely user generated, it gives people the satisfaction that the ratings and reviews we see are genuine.
The app helps to decide the perfect hotel by comparing 200+ hotel sites and finding the best and cheapest hotels for us and also suggests places to visit at a destination. You can also add your reviews and ratings.
Nearbuy is an online marketplace platform which provides an end-to-end connection between customers and merchants, basically what your “family agent” would do in the old times.
They launched their IOS app back in April 2013, and an Android app shortly after that which now contributes over 65% of the total revenue and has been downloaded around 5,000,000 and rated 4.4 in the Google Playstore.
How does it help?
This can be very helpful when travelling to a different destination where you know less or just to spend refreshingly less money on the same merchant you have been dealing with in your area. The app caters to the needs in the sectors of Food and Beverage, Wellness and Beauty, Movies and Events, and Hotels.
You can get the amazing discounts and offers right at your fingertips by downloading their mobile app and book gym, spa, restaurants, theme parks and much more at dirty cheap prices.
Apart from these apps, you can also have a look at other apps like Yatra, Zomato, Google Trips and others. Even though they could not make it to the list, they are still equally good regarding services they provide.
What once took street smartness, great communication and an excellent guide or agent in the old days, has now come under the fingers of common man. These apps have truly redefined how we travel now and how sure and planned our trips can be. Right from the flight to the stay and meals, everything can be preplanned.
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