HAVE PHONE, WILL TRAVEL

The Sunday Telegraph (Sydney) - Escape - - TRAVEL WISDOM TRAVEL APPS - SARAH NI­CHOL­SON

The in­ter­net rev­o­lu­tion has changed the way we book travel and now flights, ho­tels, cruises and tours can be re­searched and re­served in min­utes with­out leav­ing the lounge.

But now apps are be­com­ing the goto tool for hol­i­day plan­ning with some com­pa­nies of­fer­ing in­cen­tives – some­times mon­e­tary, al­ways time sav­ing – to book travel on a tablet or smart­phone rather than through “tra­di­tional’’ web­sites.

Here are four rea­sons to try an app the next time you’re ready to bon voy­age.

THEY CAN SAVE YOU MONEY

Ex­pe­dia is of­fer­ing cus­tomers fi­nan­cial in­cen­tives to use its app and I made this dis­cov­ery jug­gling de­vices to book a Sin­ga­pore ho­tel for

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Bo@oknien­wgsa.ctOwmo.-anuight stay at One Far­rer Re­sort & Spa on the Ex­pe­dia web­site cost $353 for the room while earn­ing 705 points, but us­ing the Ex­pe­dia app to make my reser­va­tion would cost $342 with 1369 cred­its.

Ex­pe­dia man­ag­ing di­rec­tor Michael Pear­son says the Ex­pe­dia app now of­fers “mo­bile ex­clu­sive deals’’ where users can save up to 40 per cent on ho­tels as well as earn­ing dou­ble points on all book­ings that can be re­deemed later to give mem­bers “more bang for their buck’’.

Wo­tif is another provider en­cour­ag­ing cus­tomers to use the app

ex­clu­sive@leasct-am­pei.ncuOtme.au sav­ings, which can’t be ac­cessed when book­ing on desk­top, as well as a “rec­om­mended tonight’’ func­tion that po­ten­tially of­fers bonuses up to 15 per cent based on ho­tels in the user’s cur­rent lo­ca­tion.

APPS CAN BE AC­CESSED ANY­WHERE

Pear­son says an app lets you book on the go. “Whether it’s tick­ets for tours, shows, theme parks, car hire, or we found about 7O0nptewr cItet­netrof booked via@meoscbailpee_team de­vices were for room stays within 24 hours with trav­ellers of­ten pick­ing up last-minute deals.’’ Trav­ellers now ex­pect to be able to use their mo­biles. “Five years ago were 100 per cOen­nptIb­no­te­orkeis­ntg and now 40@peesr­c­caep­net­son­faps con­sumers use more than one de­vice to shop be­fore mak­ing their fi­nal de­ci­sion and book­ing, and there’s a greater ex­pec­ta­tion to ac­cess ev­ery­thing on our mo­biles.’’

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Mar­riott’s Aus­tralian boss Sean Hunt says ho­tel apps are an ef­fi­cient way to con­firm book­ings quickly. He says guests book­ing through the Mar­riott or Star­wood Pre­ferred Guests (SPG) apps ac­cess the low­est avail­able rates.

“The apps are de­signed to stream­line the check-in and check­out process, giv­ing the op­tion to use ex­pe­dited mo­bile check-in desks, and tech-savvy guests can even use their mo­bile de­vice as a room key with SPG key­less en­abling them to go straight to their room,’’ he says.

Guests can use key­less tech­nol­ogy to reg­is­ter theOirndtewviIctet,etrhen re­ceive a mes­sage from@et­shceah­poe_t­teelawmhen their room is ready, and sim­ply hold the phone over the suite lock for a sig­nal to be sent that opens the door.

The Hil­ton app lets guests use their HHonors ac­count to check in re­motely andOc­nh­poIon­ste room from a dig­i­tal floo@r pes­lac­na­paess­wnealplsas cus­tomise their stay by mak­ing re­quests for up­grades of items to be de­liv­ered to their suite be­fore ar­rival.

4 APPS RE­DUCE PA­PER­WORK

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app means @vanceawtiso.cnOdme.taauils are stored in cy­berspace elim­i­nat­ing the need to print air­line de­tails and plans.

When head­ing for a ho­tel, the app will not only high­light stay dates and the book­ing num­ber but pro­vide de­tails on the check-in time, pub­lic trans­port op­tions, and a map so guests have ev­ery­thing in their hand.

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