5 apps to cut the cost of your family vacation

Posted May 31

With summer approaching, children will be out of school and vacation season will be in full swing. Here are the five best apps to save parents money and make travel run smoother. (Deseret Photo)

With Memorial Day weekend unofficially ushering in the summer vacation season, the task of planning the family trip looms. Here are five apps to that can make the summer trip go smoother and save parents money.

1. Hopper

Hopper — Airfare Predictions is CBS Miami's top pick for booking a flight at the cheapest price. Enter a destination and the time you would like to travel and the app analyzes results to find out when would be the best and cheapest time to fly. It will also tell you if it is best to buy a ticket now or wait until the price is expected to drop.

According to USA Today, Hopper was chosen as this years Google's Standout Startup App. “We’re using historical data to predict the future," Maggie Moran, the head of product for Hopper, told USA Today. “We save the average user $50, but on international flights, we can save up to $1,300, so that’s a pretty good reason to use it.”

2. WiFi Finder

WiFi Finder is an app that allows travelers to quickly find Wi-Fi near their current location, according to Money Magazine. This may come in handy to avoid using data overage — a common hassle for users among most cellphone companies. Verizon, for example, charges $15 per 1 GB of overage, according to Gotta Be Mobile. WiFi Finder allows you to download the offline database to reduce wasting data while you are searching for a WiFi hotspot. You can save up to $15 by avoiding hotel WiFi costs on top of saving money by dodging data overage.

3. My Disney Experience

Heading to Disney World but want to avoid long lines? This may be the perfect app for you. My Disney Experience creates an interactive map by using your cellphones' GPS to find attractions, wait times and restaurant locations. It also allows you to purchase park tickets and shop for merchandise.

4. Gas Buddy

If you are heading out on a road trip, Gas Buddy allows you find the cheapest gas prices in town. "Drivers enter in prices daily so you can find the lowest prices wherever you are," according to CBS Miami. "Just open the app, search and save." Gas prices are sitting at their lowest in 10 years for Memorial Day weekend and are expected stay low for the duration of the summer, according to CNBC.

5. OpenTable

OpenTable allows you to book restaurant reservations through the app or website. Users also earn points for each reservation. One reservation could earn 100 points or $1, but some restaurants offer 1,000 points or $10. Redeem these points for a gift card to use on your next meal. "Filter by cuisine, price and distance to find a spot the whole family can agree on — then scan reviews to gauge kid-friendliness, noise level, and more," according to Money Magazine.

Megan McNulty is an intern for the Deseret News National Edition. Contact her at


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