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Old 01-09-2018, 08:38 AM
 
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Old 01-09-2018, 09:57 AM
 
Location: NY/LA
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Not mentioned so far... Uber and VyprVPN.

I also use my Delta, Hilton Honors and Priority Pass apps fairly often.
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Old 01-09-2018, 07:42 PM
 
Location: NYC, CHI, UK
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A great app for US citizens is Mobibe passport. Makes reentry in many airports a a breeze. Free. requires just a smartphone.
https://mobilepassport.us/
I've used this app twice so far, with no problems. I beat the line and breezed through customs.
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Old 01-09-2018, 08:22 PM
 
Location: Wasilla and Bozeman
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London Heathrow had a great map that included how to connect to all the transportation options, etc. I've already deleted it now, but it was helpful. I rented a car out of Heathrow and in UK Sat Navs are pretty standard, but not in Ireland, and they are expensive. In Ireland I just used my Nexus 7 tablet and turned tracking on...worked great. (Not sure where you are going in each country and which airport you are going in/out of).

I nearly exclusively used airbnb over there, but get your verifications set up in advance. Love airbnb!

TripAdvisor has been mentioned and is always great for getting top attractions, restaurants, etc for each area plus the reviews.

I have Android and use Hangouts along with most of the family here I wanted to keep in touch with. Free calls back to the states and text messages too. A lot of family over in England and Ireland used "Whats App".
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Old 01-09-2018, 11:15 PM
 
Location: San Antonio/Houston/Tricity
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A great app for US citizens is Mobibe passport. Makes reentry in many airports a a breeze. Free. requires just a smartphone.
https://mobilepassport.us/
I use it. Still need to stay in line to get a stamp in my passport and talk to immigration agent. Don't see anything special useful, except the declaration form you can complete online, and send out to the custom as a barcode. Sometimes the Mobile Passport line is shorter than the regular line, but more and more people are using it now, so both lines can get crowded.
Not all airports participate yet ( 24 only) - airlines need to participate too -- so you may find a combination of an airport that takes it and an airline that doesn't participate.
Works only in the US, so how is that Global?

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Old 01-10-2018, 09:45 AM
 
Location: Hougary, Texberta
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Favorite apps/sites

Google Flights or the actual background of Matrix ITA software for all the flight options

Flightaware to make sure that sucker is on time, or where it is, or where it's coming from, or where that bird over your head is going to. I use it all the time to make sure my airport pickups are on time too.

Tripadvisor

Trivago - hotel booking/verification of TA reviews

xe.com - exchange rates
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Old 01-10-2018, 10:18 AM
 
Location: Upland, CA
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If you read my post I clearly mentioned it was for US citizens and re-entry, which for US citizens almost always means coming back to USA.

Since in USA you have to clear immigration and customs at the first port of entry even if your final destination might be another airport it makes sense to have this in those airports with the largest volume of international US ( and Canadian, for which this applies too) passenger first port of arrival. Hence the 24 airports though it is likely to be expanded further. Once an US citizen has used the app he will most likely never again stand in a queue or in front of a kiosk.
We used this in LAX on Sunday returning from Frankfurt, we literally were able to skip a line of multiple hundreds of people, we were the only people in the Mobile Passport line. What a breeze
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Old 01-10-2018, 10:22 AM
 
Location: Starting a walkabout
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I use it. Still need to stay in line to get a stamp in my passport and talk to immigration agent. Don't see anything special useful, except the declaration form you can complete online, and send out to the custom as a barcode. Sometimes the Mobile Passport line is shorter than the regular line, but more and more people are using it now, so both lines can get crowded.
Not all airports participate yet ( 24 only) - airlines need to participate too -- so you may find a combination of an airport that takes it and an airline that doesn't participate.
Works only in the US, so how is that Global?
I just returned to USA via Atlanta on 31st and the passport was not stamped. I think stamping passports in USA is a thing of the past. While each QR code on the smartphone is being scanned, the immigration officer just looks at your photo and at you. No questions at all. In 30 seconds we were done. There were 4 machine readers for the smartphone and no one else was behind us. As it gets popular it might get busy but I suspect more readers will be added and less agents will be in booths.

The list of airports is expanding and at 50 airports it will cover probably >90% of people who use them as their first port of entry. Beyond which, adding more airports will invoke law of diminishing returns.
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Old 01-10-2018, 11:11 AM
 
Location: Hougary, Texberta
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I just returned to USA via Atlanta on 31st and the passport was not stamped. I think stamping passports in USA is a thing of the past. While each QR code on the smartphone is being scanned, the immigration officer just looks at your photo and at you. No questions at all. In 30 seconds we were done. There were 4 machine readers for the smartphone and no one else was behind us. As it gets popular it might get busy but I suspect more readers will be added and less agents will be in booths.

The list of airports is expanding and at 50 airports it will cover probably >90% of people who use them as their first port of entry. Beyond which, adding more airports will invoke law of diminishing returns.
You don't stamp US passports. The stamp is an entry mark/date marker. As a citizen and a US passport holder, you have a right to enter.
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Old 01-10-2018, 12:13 PM
 
Location: Around the UK!
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We're currently travelling around the world and doing all our bookings as we go.

My best travel apps so far:

JR trains in Japan - Hyperdia. Flights - Skyscanner and Google Flights. Accommodation -Booking.com Trip.com, Agoda, Homestay.com and AirBnB. Grab in Asia for getting rides (like Lyft or Uber).
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