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Grow Your Business Technology

Best Apps for Business Travel

Best Apps for Business Travel
These apps can help you plan and execute your business trip. / Credit: GateGuru Inc.

Instead of managing every aspect of your business trip, why not let your smartphone do some of the heavy lifting? The right mobile apps can help you get where you need to be, comfortably and on time. And when you get there, they can make it easier to track expenses, meet remotely and be productive on the go. Here are our picks for the smartphone apps that no road warrior should leave home without.

Uber for Business

Available for: Android, iOS, Windows Phone, BlackBerry

Getting reimbursed for business travel is a huge hassle. That's why Uber for Business is so handy. The work-ready version of the popular taxi-hailing app connects you — and your employees — to reliable transportation at the push of a button. Then it bills those rides directly to a company account, completely eliminating the need to save taxi receipts.

GateGuru

Available for: Android, iOS, Windows Phone 

There are dozens of different ways to get held up in the airport, and that's a big problem if you're trying to catch a business flight. GateGuru makes navigating the airport easier. For starters, it gives you quick access to your itinerary from your Tripit account. It also lets you view airport security wait times, so you know if you need to get there early. You can even see a structured list of restaurants and shops, which could really come in handy when you're passing through unfamiliar airports.

Tripit

Available for: Android, iOS, Windows Phone, BlackBerry

Tripit is a handy app for tracking and managing the details of your business trips. It lets you track flight information, view and share all your itineraries and even syncs your travel calendar between iOS and Android devices. It can also pull in weather updates to alert you to incoming storms that could affect your trip. And once you've arrived at your destination, Tripit can recommend restaurants and hotels. The app also includes a basic expense-tracking tool for easier reimbursement later.

Skype

Available for: Android, iOS, Windows Phone, BlackBerry

The Skype app is a great tool for connecting with colleagues, co-workers and clients when you're traveling away from the office. The app lets you make video calls using the front-facing camera on your smartphone for face-to-face meetings from anywhere. You can also remotely join staff meetings that are scheduled during your trip. Plus, the Skype app includes a handy address book for managing all your business contacts, making it easy for you to connect using just a few taps.

Seat Alerts

Available for: Android, iOS

Tired of getting stuck in the middle seat on business flights? The Seat Alerts app can monitor airline bookings and alert you when the seat you want becomes available. The app can help you find a window or aisle seat right up until the time the flight departs. That way you can lean against the window to catch some sleep, or snag an aisle seat for more leg room and a quicker exit when you reach your destination. The app can even simultaneously monitor seat availability on multiple flights.

Best Parking

Available for: Android, iOS

Finding a decent parking spot can be a nightmare, especially if you're traveling in an unfamiliar city. The Best Parking app can help by steering you toward the cheapest and most convenient parking garages and lots, helping you save money and time. It currently only works in 105 cities and 115 airports across North America, so it won't be much help during international trips.

Brett Nuckles

Brett Nuckles has been a working journalist since 2009. He got his start in local newspapers covering community news, local government, education and more before he joined the Business News Daily staff in 2013. He graduated from Ohio University, where he studied Journalism and English. Follow him on Twitter @BrettNuckles.

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