NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) – Going on vacation is supposed to be relaxing, but we all know flying can be anything but that.
Crowded flights, delays that make connections nearly impossible and bad weather can all disrupt your trip.
To help ease all that stress, the editors of www.smartertravel.com came up with a list of the top five travel apps, which you can find by searching your mobile’s app store.
Number one on their list? An app called “Flyer’s Rights.” Arm yourself with all the new government regulations designed to protect travelers. They won’t make your flight take off any faster, but at least you’ll know where you stand.
If your carrier cancels, you might want to try “NextFlight.” It enables you to find all the next available flights for that day and up to two days away.
To find a good deal on a flight, try “SkyScanner.” It searches flights from both the airlines and online travel agencies like Expedia and Priceline.
If you’re running late to a flight and haven’t got time to get food, you might want to try “B4 You Board.” The app, which only works with a few airports nationwide, allows you to purchase meals and have them delivered gateside. The developer plans to expand in the coming months.
You may also want to check out “Priority Pass,” which helps you find lounges in airports. Some of the lounges charge a fee, but if you have a really long layover, or delay, it may be worth the extra money for a comfortable place to wait it out.
Some sites Sreenivasan recommends to help you on your way include TripIt.com. It is a travel planning site, which displays and tracks your trip. Also, there’s Hipmunk.com, which will help you sort you airline ticket options by price, departure and timing.
Sree Sreenivasan is CBS2′s technology expert, appearing every Wednesday morning at 6:50 am to discuss ways to save you time, money and aggravation. He is also a social media blogger for CNET News. He is a professor and Dean of Student Affairs at Columbia University’s Graduate School of Journalism. You can find him onTwitter and Facebook and on his personal site. E-mail your questions with “CBS New York” as the subject line.