Traveling every day is faster and more comfortable; we can book trips and buy travel gear easily from our phone in seconds and new deals are constantly being released to make things even easier. Several products have been launched this year that will delight travelers, here are six you should know:
Many travelers have become adept at the credit card, airline and hotel rewards game, using their points for free flights, upgrades and hotel stays. However, only about 30 percent of loyalty program members use their accumulated points, mainly because they don’t know how valuable their points could be if they transferred them to other loyalty programs. For example, transferring Chase Rewards points to a partner airline like Aeromexico instead of your American codeshare partner Delta can sometimes get you a better deal with fewer points. That’s where POINT.ME comes in; this new platform allows you to get the most out of your points through a search engine that goes through all the rewards programs for you. Your next free flight or upgrade may be closer than you think if you cast a wider net through this easy-to-use subscription search engine.
Travel is the time when we want to capture our best content, and Grover, a new technology rental platform, can help you up your game. Now you don’t need to buy a GoPro or a drone to film your vacation destination, you can simply rent one for the time needed at a much more affordable price. As soon as you return from your trip, you can easily return your device that captured the most amazing images while you were away.
3. Royce & Rocket
If you’ve ever had to find something quickly in a suitcase, you know how difficult it can be without creating complete chaos. Enter Royce & Rocket, a new luggage company that uses castle shelves to help you organize your clothes inside your carry-on or carry-on luggage. Founders Rana and Camryn Leibowitz wanted to create a system that would allow you to better see and store your clothes while traveling, and they created this stylish multi-functional solution.
Language can be one of the biggest barriers people face when traveling, but Lingopie can help with that. This new subscription video-on-demand (SVOD) platform can help you immerse yourself in the language of your travel destination through TV shows. You will see great entertainment and at the same time learn new vocabulary with great shows from around the world. Lingopie currently offers programming in Spanish, French, Portuguese, Italian, German, English, and Russian, with plans to add more languages soon.
Most travel searches start with finding the best price for a specific location, but budget-first search engine Elude does the opposite. Enter the closest airport and dates to find the best destinations that match your criteria. You can book flights and accommodation through this platform and there are even options to redeem credit card miles directly in the app to make things more economical. Elude is backed by travel veterans who previously worked at companies like Airmap, TripAdvisor and Priceline, so there’s a wealth of travel knowledge backing the app.
Sometimes you want to get an idea of what a place looks like exactly before you arrive, and old photos won’t do. That’s where Playsee comes in, it’s a map-based video sharing app that lets people visit a location virtually first. Its newest feature, Ask Nearby, allows users to ask locals questions before visiting to get information about a destination from the people they know best. The app can also help you discover fun seasonal activities like leaf gazing without having to go to the more popular and often overcrowded spots. You can discover a fall foliage hotspot much closer to you and with fewer visitors using this platform.