Reporting Erika von Tiehl
By Erika Von Tiehl
PHILADELPHIA (CBS) – There are thousand of apps available for all kinds of uses. Three On Your Side wants you to know about one that can make air travel a little bit easier when it comes to fight cancellations and delays.
CBS 3′s Erika Von Tiehl has information on getting around all the turbulence you sometimes encounter on the ground.
Crowded flights, cancellations or long delays often make traveling by plane a real challenge.
And let’s not forget how a little bad weather can affect your trip.
To help ease all that stress, the editors of smartertravel.com have a list of the top five travel apps.
The first app is called “Flyers Rights”.
It lets you know all of the new government regulations designed to protect travelers.
“Airlines can’t leave you stranded on a tarmac for more than three hours,” says Anna Banas of smartertravel.com.
The app won’t make your flight take off any faster but at least you’ll know where you stand in terms of passenger rights.
If your carrier cancels a flight, try “Next Flight”.
“What it will do is allow you to find all the next available flights for that day and up to 2 days,” says Banas. “So that when you are stranded you’ll be one of the first to be rebooked.”
If you’re looking for a good deal on a flight, try “Skyscanner”.
It searches for flights from both airlines and online travel agencies.
“That will give you a great way to search for things based on how much money you want to spend, your destination and your departure airport,” said Banas.
Ever been too rushed to stop for a snack to take with you on the plane?
There’s an app for that.
It’s called “B4 You Board”.
“This app will allow you to purchase meals and have them delivered gateside,” according to Banas.
Right now it’s only available at a few airports nationwide.
And finally, for those who like to wait in comfort there’s priority pass.
“It allows you to find airport lounges in a given airport,” said Banas.
Some of the lounges charge a fee.
But if you have a really long layover or a delay, it may be worth the extra money to wait it out in comfort.