MIAMI (CBSMiami) — In just a couple of weeks school will be letting out for the summer break. Whether you have plans to hit the road with the kids or are looking for a little adventure for yourself, there are apps to help you save time and money from your phone.
Enrique Ortiz travels a lot. In fact, he says he’s logged nearly 3 million miles on American Airlines alone. He books a majority of those flights using a single app on his phone.
“This is wonderful. I love it,” Ortiz said.
The app Enrique uses is called Hopper and it is our top pick when it comes to booking a flight.
Ortiz explained, “I would say on a typical trip to Latin America you will save at least $200, $250 per person. So if you go with your significant other and yourself, you are saving between $400-$500 per trip! That’s marvelous!”
The app takes the guesswork out of finding the cheapest tickets by scanning 200+ airlines. But where it really shines is its predictions. You enter in where you want to go and when. The app will tell you whether you should buy the ticket now or wait. It’s all based on historical data.
For those looking to hit the road this summer, Gas Buddy is a great resource to save at the pump. Drivers enter in prices daily so you can find the lowest prices wherever you are. Just open the app, search and save. As an added bonus you can enter in gas prices as well. Perhaps it’s something to keep the kids busy in the backseat!
Disney goes by the slogan the happiest place on Earth, but waiting in line in the summer sun is not so much fun. If you are Disney-bound, you will want to download the Disney World app. You can book fast passes to get to the front of the line on rides. You can make dining reservations, see and share photos from the theme parks and best of all you can see which rides have the shortest lines in real time.
Our last app recommendation is for those traveling with friends and family who need to split expenses. Whether it’s gas, groceries, or dinner. Simply snap a photo of the receipt and enter the details into Splittr. The $2 app will keep track of it all. At the end of the trip you can email a full breakdown of expenses and what each person owes. Save yourself the hassle and paying for everyone else’s trip at the same time with Splittr.
When it comes to hotels there are plenty of apps out there. We found some of the greatest savings that can be had are those who book rooms last minute. There are great apps out there that let you find rooms up to 50% off when booking them the same day. Click here to check out Hotel Tonight or here for Overnight that is used to find Airbnb-style accommodations.