Travel Apps to Make Your Trip Easier

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For instance, American Airlines' app includes the aforementioned parking reminder plus it allows you to monitor upcoming flights, track your standby status as well as your frequent flier miles for elite status and much more.

Airline iPhone Apps

There are similar functions on Delta's new app, Southwest's app and Alaska's app, too, and it wouldn't surprise me in the least if more airlines join in the app-craze before year's end. And this sort of technology is nothing to be nervous about -- hey, we all learned how to use email didn't we?

Of course, some of us are less technologically-inclined than others. Speaking of which, I asked my editor what her favorite app would be, assuming she ever breaks down and gets an iPhone; I braced myself for her response.

"I like that flashlight app," she said. "You know, the thingie that turns your phone into a light? Strikes me as very handy."

Well, at least she eventually found her missing car in that LAX parking garage.

This work is the opinion of the columnist and does not reflect the opinion of ABC News.

Rick Seaney is one of the country's leading experts on airfare, giving interviews and analysis to news organizations that include ABC News, The New York Times, the Wall Street Journal, Reuters, the Associated Press and Bloomberg. His website, FareCompare.com, offers consumers free, new-generation software, combined with expert insider tips to find the best airline ticket deals.

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