The only flight app you need: FlightTrack Pro

The only flight app you need: FlightTrack Pro

Summary: I've used a bunch of flight apps for both the iPhone and Android and the hands-down winner is FlightTrack Pro (App Store, $9.99).

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We got a metric ton of snow here in the northeast in the past 48 hours and it has snarled traffic and made transportation nightmarishly difficult. And if the Blizzard wasn't enough we're scheduled to receive another 12-18 inches on Tuesday.

The impending Blizzard 2.0 forced me to move my flight up a day so that I can make the session I'm giving on netbooks at Macworld on Thursday. Traveling to San Francisco is particularly dicey right now and I've been spending a lot of time nervously tracking my flight.

FlightTrack Pro (App Store, $9.99) is the best in its class because it has a super clean interface and provides real-time flight itinerary updates at a glance. FlightTrack Pro's combination of usability and features is unmatched in the App Store.

You can enter your flight info directly into FlightTrack Pro, but I recommend that you set up a free account at TripIt.com instead. Then just forward your flight confirmation emails to plans@tripit.com and all your flight information automatically appears on your iPhone in FlightTrack. TripIt saves a ton of time you'd otherwise spend manually entering flight information into your iPhone. Which alone is worth the price of admission.

TripIt also gives you all the tracking features you'd expect, including up to date data on flight cancellations, delays and gate changes. Tapping on any segment displays your full TripIt itinerary in Safari. FlightTrack Pro will even alert you to flight status updates via push notifications even when the app isn’t open and your iPhone is in your pocket.

FlightTrack Pro is also available on Android -- with a cool home screen widget!

I've used a bunch of flight apps for both the iPhone and Android and the hands-down winner is FlightTrack Pro (App Store, $9.99). It's definitely a home screen app this week and any time I travel by air.

Topics: Mobility, Hardware, iPhone, Smartphones

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  • More info please...

    What countries does this operate in? other than the US
    kryten2x4p@...
  • RE: The only flight app you need: FlightTrack Pro

    This is a funny review, since you mention using the TripIt service (which automatically compiles all your flight plans for you when you email them your confirmations).

    I say "funny" because TripIt has a FREE app. When used in tandem with TripIt's website, it duplicates much of the functionality of FlightTrack Pro. FlightTrack Pro does offer a few other features, but almost everything you seem to love about FlightTrack Pro -- automatically entering in your information, tracking cancellations, delays, and gate changes, flight status updates -- are all available with TripIt. Their website is great, and their iPhone app is great (and also available for Android and Blackberry). And the price of admission is $9.99 less than FlightTrack Pro.
    JoshMB
  • TripIt and USA Today AutoPilot apps are better choices

    I bought FlightTrack Pro for the iPhone and deeply regret
    having done so. It doesn't feel like the developers are
    actively improving the program (sounds like they jumped
    ship to make an android app), and the user interface isn't
    that great. For example why is "Arrival Delay" in red when
    there is no delay?

    The really cool function of FlightTrack Pro is TripIt, and
    you can get that functionality with TripIt's own app, or USA
    Today AutoPilot app. Plus, both of those apps are FREE!
    Save your money and get those apps instead.
    paul07