Business Travel Apps: 9 essential corporate travel technology tools for travellers
2nd September 2013
The life of business travellers is challenging. While managing expense reports and trying to find your way around the airport or to navigate around the new city, you need to ensure that enough genuine business takes place to make your business trip worth it. So, in order to help you keep your business trips stress free and productive, we’ve compiled a list of our favourite mobile apps that help check your itinerary, track your flight, find Wi-Fi hotspots, manage travel expense reports and stay productive while you’re travelling.
1. Check your itinerary on the go with CheckMyTrip
CheckMyTrip allows you to download and store your trips and their details (flight, car, hotel, train bookings, weather). The travel app handles trips that are booked through the Amadeus Distribution System, which is used today by leading airlines and business travel agents, like Flightline Travel. Once, you’ve downloaded the free app, all you need to do is to input the reservation number of your business trip and the “Last Name” associated to it. You can also log in with your CheckMyTrip account and access your trips. (Image: CheckMyTrip)
2. Check live flight arrivals & departures
FlightAware for Android allows business travellers to track the real-time flight status and see the live map flight track of any commercial flight worldwide as well as general aviation (private, charter, etc) in the United States and Canada. The app allows you to track by aircraft registration, route, airline, flight number, city pair, or airport code. And provides real-time flight alerts, keeps you informed about airport delays, and more! (Image: FlightAware)
3. Finding your way around the airport
GateGuru is designed to be a door-to-door solution for leisure and business travellers on their day of travel. Once you’ve entered your planned business trip, the travel app will automatically update. This means, GateGuru will provide you with information about any gate changes, delays or layover time adjustments. Plus when you’re at the airport, you can easily access amenity information, weather forecasts, airport tips and maps,etc. (Image: Gate Guru)
4. Finding the right subway connection
As experienced business traveller, you know how daunting it can be to navigate around the subway jungle of big city’s such as London or Tokyo. AllSubway is a comprehensive app which helps you to get from place to place in over 160 cities in the world. From London, to Berlin, to Baltimore or Shanghai, the app helps you to easily navigate different subway systems. You can download the travel app for iOS. However, it will occur a little one off fee of 0.99 dollar. (Image: AllSubway)
5. Keeping track of your business travel expenses
Keeping track of receipts when you’re travelling is a huge pain. Fortunately, Expensify and Concur make tracking business travel expenses and creating expense reports easy.
The Expensify app as well as the Concur app imports your expenses straight from your credit card or bank account, and it will compile all of the information into a PDF expense report. For cash purchases, you can use your phone to scan the receipt, and both will log it in your expense report. You can send these expense reports via email, and the service will reimburse online. Both are available to download for iOS and Android devices. Expensify is free for individuals, whereas the Concur app is an extension to their corporate expense management solution. Expensify and the Concur app are available for small-medium businesses and larger companies alike. Depending of the type of organisation and your requirements costs vary for business clients. (Image: Concur)
6. Storing business cards on your mobile during your business travel
Are you spending a lot of time on searching for business cards collected on your trip? Or worse are you sometimes losing business cards? Then this is the ideal business travel app for you. CardMunch is a brilliant tool, which enables business travellers to take a quick picture of the card. The app will then create a mobile contact in your phone with the information. Gone are the times where you have to keep track of all the paper business cards, you’ve collected during your business travel. (Image: CardMunch)
If you’re looking for a quick and free currency converter app, then XE Currency converter is the one. The app available for free, for iOS and Android devices. Business travellers can access more than 180 currencies, which are automatically updated in real-time with the latest currency exchange rates. The app always stores the last updated exchange rates, which enables you to access them offline, too. (Image: XE Currency)
It can be incredibly challenging to find a Wi-Fi hotspot while you’re travelling for business. However, Wi-Fi Finder is the perfect app to help you stay connected – whether you are travelling in the UK or overseas. With over 650,000 locations in 144 countries, this mobile travel app helps you discover both free and paid Wi-Fi while you’re on the go. It is free of charge available for both iOS and Android devices. (Image: WifiFinder)
9. Extend battery live and talk longer on your mobile
Who doesn’t know this? Every time when you go on a business trip, you end up using your mobile phone far more than usual. What happens, your battery use skyrockets and you end up looking for locations to charge your smartphone. With MyCharge you can make sure your phone stays switched on. MyCharge is an extra battery for iphones, smartphones and tablets, which helps to extend the life of your battery even if you are on events late into the night. The extra battery can also recharge itself.
Business Travel Technology from Flightline Travel Management
To learn more about travel technology solutions contact our Flightline Travel Management experts directly. Flightline Travel are one of the leading business travel agents in the UK, helping clients everyday to travel smarter, faster and greener. To find out how we can help you to achieve additional savings on your business travel and book travel more efficiently contact us by calling 0844 332 0174 or send an email to [email protected]. We’ll get back to you within 1 business day.
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