Appscars: Which is the Best Travel App? Voting Ends 2/18 at 9 a.m.


And the Appscar for Best Photography App goes to…Photoshop.com Mobile!

Today, however, we examine something completely different: travel apps. Based on your nominees, FlightTrack, GasBuddy, Kayak, TripIt, and Zagat To Go are battling it out to see who’s the best. Find out a little bit about our competitors and then vote below.

FlightTrack: Zoomable maps that include weather radar and real-time departure info make it easy to track your flights with your iOS, Android, BlackBerry, or webOS device. FlightTrack ($4.99) by Mobioata covers more than 5,000 airports and 1,400 airlines to bring you the most recent updates on gates, delays, and cancellations. And you can share those updates via e-mail, Facebook, or Twitter. At a glance, this app lets you can see aircraft, speed, and altitude, and you can sync your TripIt flight itineraries.

GasBuddy: Stop overpaying for gas in Canada and the U.S. with the GasBuddy app for iOS, Android, and Windows Phone. This free app crowd-sources information to bring you gas prices as reported by users, and it can help you locate nearby gas stations and view their prices. The best part? By participating, you earn points toward a $250 gift card giveaway that happens each week.


Kayak: It does more than find deals on flights, hotels, and car rentals; Kayak can help you book your travel, track your flight status, view and organize your itinerary, and even check baggage fees from your iPhone, Android, or BlackBerry device. The pro version is ad-free, and there’s an HD version for the iPad. The latest feature, trips itinerary management, integrates your travel plans with maps and directions, and makes it easy to share your plans with others.

TripIt Travel Organizer: By forwarding your travel confirmation e-mails from the airline, hotel, car rental, etc. to plans@tripit.com, this app will build one itinerary for you and put it at your fingertips for free. If you use Gmail or Google apps, TripIt can even grab your travel info automatically from your inbox. This app works with iPhone, Android, and BlackBerry. The pro version is ad-free, and it also offers mobile travel alerts, alternate flight suggestions, and frequent flyer point tracking.

Zagat To Go: This $9.99 iPhone/iPad app can help you find the restaurant or bar you need no matter where your travels take you in the U.S. Zagat To Go pulls info from 45 of the company’s travel guides and uses your phone’s GPS to find restaurants nearby. New restaurants are added every business day. And not only can you browse restaurants, you’ll also find nightlife, hotel, and shop reviews where available.

The poll is open from now until Friday, February 18 at 9:00 a.m. Did we forget someone? Feel free to add write-ins in the comments below. Then tune in Friday for the Best Utility App category.

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Anna Attkisson
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  1. Kaiopect8 Says:

    I voted for Tripit — and would also recommend OpenTable for restaurants.

  2. lisa Says:

    tripit

  3. Steve Says:

    TripIt is only going to get better now that they are part of Concur.

  4. Thomas croft Says:

    I love this app but how do I download it. All I get are the payed apps for everything else all I want is to have the app for gas buddy is the gas buddy a free app that is what I am looking for.

  5. Mark Christensen Says:

    I voted for Tripit

  6. Joff Says:

    I voted for Tripit….

  7. Kim Says:

    I vote for Gas Buddy. They are the best. I always get the best gas prices. Leave it alone. It if works, then why are you trying to fix it?
    GASBUDDY!!!!!

  8. BRENDA TUXFORD Says:

    GAS BUDDY KEEPS ME INFORMED ON THE BEST FOR THE BUCK PLACE TO FUEL UP. THANKS FOR WORKING HARD TO GET IAN APPS FOR US CRACKBERRY USERS

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