FlightsSmartphones, iPads, and other smart technological devices are ubiquitous these days and are often part of our travel arsenal.

These apps may be just what you need to help you plan your trip and if you have Internet access when you travel, to help guide your way. To find a quick and easy app-lication for navigating this page, use the Search box on the home page. Well, you could always download this on your Android or iPad and cozy up in chair for some great reading. Other categories are on separate posts. If there are any broken links here, go to the source page here.

Other categories are in separate posts. All info was gathered from published sources and collated. For the apps shown in the picture, but not below, click here. The story is for iPhone only.

Kayak is the one site that most travel writers praise. Personally, all I have ever experienced with it is a bait and switch. You need to judge for yourself, so enter your destination and travel dates, and the app sends back options sorted by price, time, or airline; a single click takes you to the corresponding booking site. Free. Download it: Android, BlackBerry, iPhone/iPad.

Itinerary: Tired of pages of wasted printouts with confirmation codes and other info? The TripIt travel app your flight numbers, gate information, and even loyalty-program account numbers once you e-mail your receipts to the service. If you use Gmail or Google apps, you have the option to let TripIt fetch travel itineraries from your inbox automatically. Using these, it compiles a master trip itinerary you can access from anywhere. Free. Download it here and choose: Android, BlackBerry,iPhone/iPad

Layovers: There is nothing worse than being stuck in a airport for hours. The GateGuru app comes to the rescue. This is what their site says:  "GateGuru is a new tool to transform the chaotic and unfamiliar airport environment into a more satisfying experience before and after flights, and during layovers. GateGuru serves as the leading light to locate the best food, shopping and service options within any airport at the touch of a button." Other sources state it has searchable directories for 98 U.S. airports (124 airports overall) and more than 25 international hubs. Free. Download it here: iPhone/iPad.

FlightTrack Pro: This not only stores and tracks your flights, but it also collates essential data such as gate changes and weather reports for 5,000 airports and 1,400 airlines. If you happen to be unlucky enough to have a flight canceled or delayed, FlightTrack Pro app can easily search for other connections while waiting in line at the agent counter or even while flying, because there is access to the app's route-maps feature offline as well. iPhone, iPad (FlightTrack Pro), $10; Android, Blackberry (FlightTrack), $5. Download it: Android, BlackBerry, iPhone/iPad.

Passing time: Not thrilled with the entertainment offerings on your flight? Then maybe Flight Control HD app will engage your attention as an air-traffic-control strategy game lets you maneuver the planes' flight patterns by dragging them along the touch screen. iPhone (Flight Control), $1; Android, BlackBerry (Flight Control), $3; iPad (Flight Control HD), $5. Download it: Android, BlackBerry, iPhone, iPad.

Google Earth: Google Earth's satellite images zooms in on your destination to check out the streets, location of various parking lots at a big museum or other valuable information. Free. Download it here: Android , iPhone/iPad.

Diners Club International: The Diners Club International® Travel Tools app makes it easy to connect to travel resources anytime, anywhere. Quickly locate Diners Club Airport Lounges, Privileges offers and ATMs, as well as country-specific tipping advice and customer service information. Android

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