By Jason Snell
May 12, 2017 10:40 AM PT
My FlightTrack replacement is Flight Update Pro
There are so many apps out there, and while none of them matches all of my needs, I’ve settled on a strategy for using my phone (and Apple Watch) to keep track of my air travel.
Before I get to the all-purpose app I’ve decided to go worth, let me put in a few words for a class of apps that many readers recommended to me, namely apps from the airlines themselves. Early on in the app era, I remember trying airline apps and finding them severely wanting. Not only are they uni-taskers—you’ve got to keep one on your phone for every airline you fly—but they weren’t very good.
Prodded on by readers, I downloaded several airline apps and discovered that they’ve come a long way. They’re not fantastic, but if you’re flying on a specific airline, it’s a good idea to install that airline’s app and make sure it’s up to date. I used the United Airlines app on my recent European trip, and it was actually helpful.
My favorite all-purpose app is probably the $10 Flight Update Pro, which isn’t as pretty as FlightTrack but is quite functional, providing current and future trip information, push notifications about flight status, and email integration with TripIt, so I can forward my flight receipts and have them automatically show up in the app.
The best app I tried is probably App in the Air, but I can only recommend it if you’re a hard-core traveler. App in the Air costs $5/month or $30/year. There’s also a $50 lifetime option. I don’t fly enough to make that worth it for me, but if you do, you should give it a try.
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