I’ll be traveling a lot this year, so I wanted to take a look at different apps I could use to track my flights and make the entire flying process a lot easier. I tried looking on the Google App store as well as the App Store by Apple, but there wasn’t a lot of detailed information – especially when it comes to comparing apps to see which ones are the best. There was a lot of information available, but it was all a bit overwhelming. And then I came across a website with a top 10 list of the best apps for flight tracking.
Instead of having to sort through apps on my own, all the apps I was looking at in the app stores (including a couple of apps I hadn’t even seen yet) were listed in order. It made it so much easier to be able to test out a few apps, but also to pick which ones I wanted to review here. And, to top it all, I found so many good ones that I’ve even been able to sort them into two review categories, which you can see below.
1). Real-Time Flight Tracking
With apps that track flights in real time, you have everything from full-screen live maps to a 3D rendering of the captain’s view as your flight soars through the sky. Everything you need to know about your flight is in the palm of your hand and totally up-to-date.
Apps: FlightAware Flight Tracker, Flightradar24 Flight Tracker
FlightAware is a really solid app because it helps you stay on top of your flight’s status in real-time and watch flight paths for general aviation flights, commercial planes,and private charter flights. You’re even able to track a flight by the aircraft’s registration, airport code, the airline name, the flight’s route, or the city pair. The app has so much ifnormation that it may be a bit overwhelming to first-time users, so my recommendation is to just be patient because you’ll definitely find what you need.
FlightRadar24 has up-to-the-minute flight information from more than 17,000 ground stations so you can be sure the info is accurate. All you have to do is tap on the airport icon to find arrival and departure boards, real-time delay and flight statuses, and a detailed weather report. However, if you’re looking for an app that also allows you to bookmark information, this one isn’t it. You can’t save information but finding the details you need is fast, so it’s up to you if that’s worth it.
2). Flight Tracking with Delay Alerts
Be the first to know if your flight has been postponed with an app that has delay alerts. Stop wasting your time wondering when your travel plans are going to move forward and stay in-the-know about all changes to your flight.
Apps: The Flight Tracker Free, FlightStats
The Flight Tracker Free provides detailed information on weather forecasts, gate changes, as well as updates on flight delays so you know everything there is to know about your flight. There is even a live flight tracking map that can help you figure out where (in the sky) your flight happens to be. Just know that the flight updates may occasionally be a bit slow or take time loading because there’s a lot of information to process.
FlightStats allows you to share flight details with friends and family – even coworkers – so you can let others know when you are expected to arrive. If your flight is delayed or there are weather conditions that may affect your flight, you can share this information too so others can see the final time when the plane is landing. I will just say to keep in mind that if you’re not used to the layout of flight trackers, the FlightStats interface might take a bit of getting used to.
I’ve been able to accomplish so much in such a short amount of time with these apps, and I know for a fact that travelling this year is going to be so much easier because of it. If you’re planning on flying anywhere this year – or even if you just want a way to keep track of a loved one’s flight – then you seriously need to give these apps a try.