Are you a “fly by the seat of your pants” kind of traveler? While a little stressful at times, if you want to save some money while getting the same accommodations, waiting until the last-minute can be a great strategy. When the hotels know that they are not going to sell the room, they will often take anything, even if it means giving up the room for cheaper than normal. That’s where the iPhone app Jetsetter [No longer available] comes into play. It allows you to plan all kinds of cool trips, many of them at a steep discount.
The Jetsetter app comes with a slick interface that makes browsing for your next place to stay a joyous experience. It’s easy to navigate, and overall, the layout actually reminds me of the “Featured” page on the App Store of an iOS device, so it should feel familiar to anyone who uses their device frequently. If you are looking for a way to save some money on your next trip, Jetsetter is a free iOS application you should have installed on your device.
Using the App
If you are going to use the app to book a hotel, you will need to create a free account. To do so, you can click “More” on the bottom of the screen and then go to Settings. There is an option to sign in or register. Alternatively, you can simply find a trip without an account, and when you go to where you would book it, you will be prompted to make an account.
You can browse the Jetsetter app all you want without making one, but when it comes time to actually book something, an account is not optional.
Browsing within the app is very easy, and it comes with a clean interface that makes looking for trips a comfortable experience. The Featured page is where Jetsetter features some of its best trips. If you scroll down the list, you will also see cool lists such as ski trips, mystery discounted hotels and more.
My favorite part of the app is the Tonight page. In here, you will find really good last-minute deals for major locations posted at certain times of day. Places like New York, Las Vegas, Chicago, San Francisco and more are posted in the section. There was a deal for $106 in a midtown hotel in New York City, which is quite cheap for the area.
Of course, you will be forced to wait until the last minute to book, but that’s the risk you take to save money.
When you click on any of the places, you can see a lot of information about it. You will be able to see reviews from Jetsetter and its users. You can also see key information such as places within walking distance, and things you need to know about the overall feel of the place.
Of course, if it is one of the last-minute or secret deals where you don’t know the exact hotel, the information will be a little more limited, but it will still give you some key points.
Some of the rooms have an awesome feature called Explore in 360. With this, you get access to 360 degree panoramas of different parts of the hotel. If you hate that feeling of walking into a place with only a small idea of what to expect, this can do away with that as it lets you see the room exactly as it will be when you actually stay there.
You can even use your iPhone’s motion sensing to have the view move as you move. It’s as close as you can get to being there without actually being there.
The application also comes with a search function, so if there something specific you have in mind, you can jump here and find it. You can type in a destination, activity, or the name of a specific hotel. This makes it easy to find exactly what you are looking for.
With the Jetsetter app, you can book your trip quickly. This means if you are out and about and waiting to get one of the last-minute deals, you don’t need to run to a computer to lock in the room. This is important because some of those last-minute deals sell out quickly, so you will want to jump on them right away.
If you are looking for a fun travel application that allows you to save some money, look no further than the Jetsetter app. Between the slick interface, 360 degree views, reviews, information and deals, this app has everything the savvy traveler needs to get ready for their next vacation.