The school holidays and the end of the year are finally here. Many people will be taking a well-deserved extended break and will be travelling for a vacation with the family.
Although you will have most likely planned this trip well in advance, there’s always a new tip or two that help maximise that holiday. For example, have you considered using a travel app? According to The Nielsen Company’s 2016 study, the average American user spent more than two hours a month using their travel apps, an increase of 40% over the course of a single year.
We’ve done the hard work for you and shortlisted the best travel apps in this blog post. Take your pick from the ones we’ve featured and you can be on your way to saving (and even earning) more money, energy, and time.
Here are 6 travel apps you should consider downloading to save money
Whether it is travel activities, day trips, or guided tours, Klook allows you to book tickets at the best available prices. Not sure what to do in a certain city? Just browse the many experiences and scroll through the reviews in the app. After that, you will get to discover the exclusive deals and savings associated with those activities.
You can also easily view and use your booking vouchers offline. That way, if internet connection is poor, you will still be able to enjoy those activities. Klook is available for download on both Apple App Store and Google Play.
Similar to Klook, KKday also allows you to discover travel activities and exclusive deals. Believing that authentic experiences are the core value of travelling, they have collected more than 6,000 special local offers worldwide from their professional providers and unique local experts.
Some of KKday’s deals are cheaper than Klook, so it best that you check out both the platforms to compare their prices. The KKday app is available for download on both the Apple App Store and Google Play.
3. The ENTERTAINER
With The ENTERTAINER, you will get to choose from plenty of Buy One Get One Free offers. These offers cover a variety of categories including restaurants, beauty salons, health & fitness, leisure activities and many more.
Through this app, you might discover a deal which will allow you to finally book a hotel, resort, or restaurant which might be out of your budget in normal cases. You will also get to track your savings and share access with family and friends. The app is available for download on both Apple App Store and Google Play.
Who doesn’t enjoy deals on top of other deals? Apparently, dreams aren’t the only places where “Inception” happens! When you make payment using Mileslife, you get extra miles on top of your credit card earnings.
Yes, there is a wide selection of merchants which have partnered with Mileslife and they include restaurants, spas, and much more. You earn extra miles when you pay using this app and you can credit these miles to the partnering frequent flyer programs. The app is available for download on both Apple App Store and Google Play.
5. Trail Wallet
Trail Wallet helps you to easily track your expenses while you travel and is free for up to 25 items. Nobody wants to worry about money while travelling, but we all do. Tracking your finances is a simple way to get some freedom from this common anxiety.
You can organise your expenses by trip or by month. You can also set yourself a daily budget and add expenses as you go (if needed). There will be no more need for collecting receipts while on a holiday. The only downside to this app is it is only available for download on the Apple App Store.
Here’s an idea for you – why not earn some extra money while you travel overseas? Grabean allows you to become a global personal shopper by connecting you to a host of local customers.
There are plenty of items which are not sold on our shores and the cost of shipping them from overseas can be expensive. With Grabean you can earn some tip money by helping requesters purchase their items. You can even post your trips through the app and receive email notifications of orders posted involving the countries you plan to visit.
How to save more on your travel expenses
Air tickets to international destinations can be expensive, and using an airmiles credit card will definitely come in handy when you book your tickets. The air miles you earn with your regular spends charged to the card are converted to frequent flyer programme miles which can be redeemed for discounted flight tickets, seat upgrades, complimentary travel insurance and, based on the air miles you’ve accumulated, even free tickets!
For example, the Citi PremierMiles Visa Credit Card (full review here) gets you 1 PremierMile for every RM3 spent on local transactions, and 2 PremierMiles for every overseas spend and purchases made with participating online travel merchants. You’ll also get 10,000 never-expiring PremierMiles as a bonus when you pay the annual fees of RM636. Your pool of PremierMiles can then be redeemed at the rate of 1500 PremierMiles for 1000 FFP miles with over 90 partnering airlines!
Even the Alliance Bank Visa Infinite (full review here) earns you 5x never-expiring Timeless Bonus Points on overseas transactions and 2x TBPs for local spends. You can then redeem 6,000 TBPs for 1,000 Enrich Miles and 3,000 TBPs for 1,000 AirAsia BIG Points. You also get travel accident & inconvenience insurance up to RM2 million and travel medical expenses coverage up to RM50,000.
Also, the Standard Chartered WorldMiles World Mastercard (full review here) gives you 3 WorldMiles for every RM2 spent overseas and 1 WorldMile for every RM3 spent locally. The FFP mile conversion rate stands at 2 WorldMiles for 1 Asia Miles, KrisFlyer Mile, Enrich Mile, or AirAsia BIG Point.
Check out the full list of our top picks when it comes to travel credit cards in Malaysia.
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