It’s summertime and that usually means people are probably going on vacation.One of the apps I have found that iPhone users can take advantage of is the iPhone trip planner “Last Minute Travel Deals – Booking hotels, flights, activities, and car rentals” by Travel Holdings.The name of the app says it all really.It’s an awesome app that enables users to book all their travel needs in one shot.Find a hotel and book it, find a flight and book it, and you can even book a rental car and activities in the destination you are going to.Let’s dig into this app and see what it’s all about.
When the app first loads users are greeted with a nice clean title screen with a loading icon made up of hotels, car, and plane icons.It lets them know right from the start that this is all about the travel.After the title page the hotel search screen loads. This screen is split up in the three basic sections:
Search Bar where you can choose hotel location, dates, and number of people staying over.
A map screen that shows users icons of the results on a map for easier locating.
List of hotel results that is fully sizable, scrollable, and tappable. Tap on an hotel or swipe to the left and it shows a select button for easy booking. A side note about the list is it also shows users any “TripAdvisor” reviews as well. I found this to be really handy because I usually check that site before I book anything.
These three sections make it easy to search, browse, and select choices.I also noticed that thesearch screen seems to load your current location in the search window when the app starts.I stopped and restarted that app several times and each time it loaded with my location as the first search.
If users tap on the airplane icon it takes them to a flight search screen.There they can choose round trip or one way.The then choose the airports from and to locations, dates, and how many people are flying and click search.After a few moments they can see all the flights available with pricing and layovers.Users can filter these results by price, flight length, layover time, non-stop, and airline company.It’s really easy to use and helps find just the right flights.
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It should be noted that users can get to any of the search functionality from any of the search screens by tapping the list icon in the upper righthand corner.It’s helpful not to have to scroll back to the hotel search page after going several levels deep into any of the other search pages.So I did just that and searched for cars next.Searching for rental cars is a very easy with the LMT app.Just put in pickup and drop off times and click the search cars button.Users can also specify vehicle type, car class, transmission type, and rental car company before tapping the search button to get more of a granular search.The search results show a photo of the car and such items as rental car company, daily price, total, and more.Tapping on one of the items takes the user into a page with way more detail.There’s also a map view for easy locating.
Next if search for activities.This to me is what really sets this app apart from some of the other travel apps.Just for grins I search for activities in Chicago for the day I was writing this review. Up popped sightseeing tours, boat tours, attractions, restaurants and more.This list can be filtered by category as well.Just like on all the results screens there is a map view for easier locating of the activities.The activity categories the LMT iPhone app checks for are numerous and too many to list here. I counted 24 different activity categories the app searches for so users will just have to download it to see them all.
Tapping on the list icon in the upper right hand side users can see buttons for frequently asked questions, my reservations, settings, and contact. Clicking on settings button allows users to see account details, choose currency type, and enable notifications from the app.
Overall I give this app 5 stars. ★★★★★
It’s quick, gives great information, and is really easy to use. The TripAdvisor reviews for hotels are also really nice touch that i’m sure other users will appreciate. I highly recommend it to anyone and suggest if you’re travelling go and get this app today! Oh and did I also mention that it’s FREE! Yep it is.