Travel App Reviews: Booking Flights, Hotels, and Cars through Webjet
Imagine this: it’s been a long week in the corporate world, and I’ve been plugging away at my job, stuck at my desk despite sunny views of the Sydney Harbour Bridge out my window. My mind starts to wander, thinking back on some of my favorite travel plans in years past, fantasizing about where else I can explore, and wistfully scrolling through travel blogs. There’s no conceivable way I could actually get away from the office in the near future, but, before I realize what I’m doing, I’ve pulled open a travel search site and am figuring out just how much it would cost me to hop on a plane to Boracay tomorrow.
It’s become a habit, but it’s one I have to say I love. If I can’t really travel at this moment, why not at least pretend? As silly as it is, flight/hotel search sites have become regular stomping grounds for me, both for fantasy purposes and also when I’m actually planning that next trip. So when Webjet invited me to try their mobile app, I figured it was right up my alley.
Webjet is an Australian travel booking website, and their free app allows users to compare airfares, hotel deals, and car rental rates around the world, making it a handy, one-stop travel booking app. Webjet searches through other providers’ fares to provide you with the cheapest and best options for each. From there, you can easily and quickly book the flight directly through the app.
I frequently use the Skyscanner app, and one of my favorite features in that one is being able to choose “Everywhere” as a destination to find the cheapest flights in the world for any given date. Another is their calendar view that compares prices over time. Webjet doesn’t yet have these capabilities, but hopefully they’ll look into adding them in the future.
The Webjet app also features a flight tracker, which allows you to pull up information on any current or upcoming flight, including scheduled and actual departure and arrival times, departure and arrival terminals and gates, and even air speed and altitude (in case you’re a bit of a geek for those things!). Really useful if you’re about to board a flight or pick up a friend from the airport.
Note that I haven’t yet booked a flight or hotel through Webjet, so I can’t speak to those services! However, as far as the app goes, while it didn’t totally blow me away (because many of its features can be found in other apps), it’s definitely a solid, easy to navigate resource that keeps many of your travel needs in one place.