Six must-have apps for frequent business travelers

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Travel News 10 May 2017

SeatGuru

Free, iOS and Android

“SeatGuru has saved me on so many occasions!” admits Malcolm Sturges-Britton, Global Technology Product Solutions Leader, FCM Travel Solutions. The app, produced by TripAdvisor (another favourite of many), allows travelers to access over 1,000 seat maps from approximately 125 airlines and includes advice and insights drawn from tens of thousands of passenger reviews, so you can always find the best possible seat for your flight.

 

Citymapper

Free, iOS and Android

Andrew Flannery, Executive General Manager - Corporate Travel, FCTG Australia, loves using Citymapper when overseas for business. “Citymapper is great for when you're in a new city and looking for the best way to get around.  Simply type where you want to go and it will give you all public transport options, time to arrive and costs. It also includes city bike schemes and walking, which is great for travellers wanting to be active,” says Andrew. The app is currently available for around 40 world cities including London, Paris, New York, Montreal, Sydney, Hong Kong, Berlin and Seoul.

 

Sam (For FCM customers only)

Free, iOS and Android

Sam is your 24/7 mobile travel assistant. Sam accompanies you during your business trips and gets in touch anytime there’s something you need to be aware of. As Sam gets to know you better, your communication will become more helpful by sending you restaurant recommendations, cool things to do or information on the places you’re traveling to. For more information on Sam or on downloading the app visit here.  "In today’s rapidly growing digital world we wanted our mobile capabilities to be at the highest level, parallel to what customers expect of our offline services.  Sam delivers a superior, highly interactive experience for clients who prefer to have an app-based solution with the expertise of FCM behind it at all times,” said Billy McDonough, president of FCM, USA.

 

Conichi

Free, iOS and Android

Imagine this... Guests send pre-filled forms before arrival, open rooms with a digital key and pay their stay securely with their smartphone. It is now all possible, with one single app – Conichi. The technology is currently being used by hotels such as Raddison Blu, Best Western and Swissôtel across parts of Europe with plans for USA and China over the next two years.  “This app is a game-changer for travellers and I look forward to seeing it be rolled out in more regions,” says James Kavanagh, General Manager – Australia, FCM Travel Solutions.

 

Google Maps

Free, iOS and Android

Many of us will already have Google Maps installed on our phone however not everyone may be familiar with the app’s Offline Maps feature. Karen Cooke, Global Marketing Leader, FCM Travel Solutions uses the feature regularly when travelling for work. “Downloading a section of the map prior to travel allows me to avoid expensive data roaming costs when overseas. I also like to favourite (star) locations such as my hotel, office and meeting locations as well as restaurants, cafes and attractions I’d like to visit during my stay,” says Karen.

 

Fitstar by Fitbit

Free (offers in app purchases), iOS and Android

Fitstar is a favourite of Mike Dudarenok, Chief Customer Officer – Technology, FCTG. “I love using Fitstar when travelling for guided body workouts,” says Mike. The app makes it easy for travellers to stay in shape when on the road offering seven to 50 minute routines and sessions such as “10 Minute Abs” and “Good Morning” – a 20 minute get-out-of-bed routine. If you own a Fitbit, Fitstar will recommend exercises based on your daily activity, providing personalised fitness guidance to help you reach your goals. It also connects with weight management apps including MyFitnessPal as well as Strava.