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Top travel apps and websites

There are so many well known and useful travel websites and travel apps out there such as the likes of TripAdvisor and Skyscanner. I’ve found a couple that are perhaps not quite as well known but could really help when planning and booking your travels.

For finding a great deal

Holiday Pirates


 I have only just discovered this travel app and it has already become my newest addiction. The app collates all the best travel deals across the market and brings them together for you to search through. There’s a huge range of deals from all inclusive trips to the Caribbean to split leg flights to Dubai to days out for the family in the UK. They also have a website and of course are present on all the social media platforms but I’ve found the app is the best way to search for deals. But their twitter has just told me about £1 flights to Copenhagen!!

Voyage Prive/Secret Escapes

I love both the travel app versions and websites from these two deal powerhouses, there are some superbly priced offers for both luxury European breaks but also long-haul destinations. The best offers are usually for outside peak holiday times so not really ideal for myself as a teacher but if you are able to be flexible with your holiday dates then you will find something fantastic on here.

For booking hotels


Found this gem of a site through the British Airways Executive Club as they were offering 3000 bonus Avios points on booking a hotel stay with them, this is in addition to the normal 1000+ points you can earn per night anyway. They also partner with other airlines and their reward schemes, there are a large number of hotels available including all the major chains priced comparatively to other booking agents/apps such as You do have to pay in advance but of course the Avios bonus is what sets this apart from the other. We’ve used Rocketmiles for our upcoming trip to Milan and if you use my link you’ll get an additional 1000 points on your booking.




Not exactly a new travel app but one that I have been using a lot more recently as the range of companies used by Viator is constantly growing since the site became part of the TripAdvisor family in 2014. I really like that you use TripAdvisor to search for things for do in your destination and then Viator is directly linked in to help you make plans. Of course you don’t have to book with them and could go direct to the tour company but it does make the whole process much easier and quicker. There is also a travel app which makes booking even easier if you are away from a computer.

Car Parking/Lounge Access/Travel Insurance

Holiday Extras

This website is invaluable when it comes to booking your parking for the airport. I have used this countless times as it compares all the best deals including Meet and Greet (Valet) Parking which in my opinion is the totally stress free way to go for parking at the airport, if you link to the website through the British Airways Executive Club you can also earn Avios points. You are also able to book airport hotel stays, look for travel insurance, compare lounge access, car hire and airport transfer costs on the main site so it’s a very useful website to have a look at whilst planning your trip.




This travel app will automatically scan your emails to search for details of your upcoming trips and add them to an itinerary. It will collate everything from flights, transfers, hotels, tours to restaurant bookings into a really easy to read format that helps you see everything about your trip in one place. As well as the app you can also manage your plans via their website which I have linked to above. You can even add the option of importing and exporting details to your phone calendar so that you all the information at hand if you can’t access data where you are. (Top tip: get your contract with Three as they have Feel at Home where you can use the exact same amount of data as you do in your normal package for 18 destinations; they’ve just added New Zealand and Spain)


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