Have a taste for the finer things in life? Love to travel? Want to make that travel easier? And if you fit into the current trends, are you looking for access and experiences instead of “stuff”? Then these luxury travel apps are made for you. From booking hotels to private jets to scoring sold out tickets to concerts, you can find it all in these apps.
Luxury Travel Apps For Navigating The World In Style
With this lodging app, you can both list your own home and rent from over 2,500 luxurious homes that the company has carefully vetted. They actually visit the residences – in many worldwide cities such as the Hamptons, London, Paris, and Cannes. You simply enter information such as price, area of town, bedrooms, and amenities you’d like and they will give you a list with pictures of available rentals.
Onefinestay gives travelers a special way to experience some favorite cities, while offering an unprecedented level of service. A representative will meet you at the door, introduce you to the home, and leave you with an iPhone to use during your stay. Someone is also available 24/7 if you need assistance. They will even give suggestions for restaurants and attractions as well as essential information. Last year, the company became a part of the AccorHotels.
Wouldn’t we all love to be able to say goodbye to commercial travel and hop on that private jet? Well, with its massive database of over 8,000 private jet charters around the world, you may just find one you can afford through PrivateFly. You can even fly with your pets! VIP operators are available 24/7 to assist.
Probably everyone has heard of the Michelin guide and the stars they give to very select restaurants. Well, with this app, the company curates the best restaurants, hotels, and attractions. You can even make bookings directly from the phone. You get access to 30,000 points of interest across more than 80 countries, all reviewed by the authors.
LUXE City Guides
If you want insider information on a city’s best accommodation, restaurants, spas, bars and boutique shopping, plus services and specialists then you’ll want a LUXE City Guides. Inside, you’ll also get mapped-out and customisable LUXE itineraries, maps, and a slew of handy extras such as a currency converter and weather forecasts. You’ll also get unlimited access to constantly updated recommendations for 12 months. We’ve used a lot of these guides for our travels and have gotten some great recommendations.
These city guides are available for most major cities in the world. You can buy the 30 digital guides for $99 or individual guides for $14.99. Or if you buy the print for $19.99, you get the digital edition free.
The Trepic travel app is focused on creating unique outdoor travel and luxury retreat experiences worldwide. It can be your dream trip planner and help you match your destination based on the types of experiences you want on vacation. You can choose from over 500,000 offerings and book directly on the app. You can even create a travel book to help plan your next adventure or browse their tons of amazing photographs for inspiration.
The company has curated the world to provide you the best of the best in luxury travel, including unheard of destinations, hotels, and experiences from sources such as Conde Nast Traveler, National Geographic Travel and Lonely Planet. What is really unique is that you can use your phone to explore 360-video of these vacation destinations and experiences before you book. Or just tap on a picture to learn more or book your trip.
Luxury Retreats, owned by Airbnb, lets you book luxury vacation rentals around the world. They focus on finding you the ultimate accommodation and unique experiences in more than 90 destinations worldwide and 4,000 luxury homes. And every accommodation is personally inspected by the staff.
You can choose to chat with the representatives via phone or email and once you have booked, you’re able to text them, too. Every client is then appointed a 24/7 Personal Concierge, with local service available in key destinations. It’s also easy to plan your trip with friends and families and even split payments with the group payment option!
If hitting the high seas is for you, with GetMyBoat, you can rent directly from the largest boat rental marketplace in the world. We’re talking over 60,000 boats in 169 countries. It covers the gamut of boats from small sailboats to yachts with a captain and crew. You can select a boat based on things such as price, size, capacity, destination, and amenities.
This app is a personal concierge that can arrange almost anything for you. It’s like having your own personal assistant and travel agency in one. You’ll get recommendations and then they can make reservations for anywhere in the world. The service doesn’t come free or cheap, however. The Red Butler monthly plans start at $450 or you can just buy hours if you just need help with one trip. With this, you will have access to more than 1,500 VIP privileges like discounts at restaurants, backstage access, intro to the chef, and priority seating.
This app will connect you around the clock with insider access, expert knowledge, and exclusive deals on the world’s greatest hotels and travel experiences; all at competitive rates. From private islands in the Maldives to a classic London hotel, one of their 200 journalists from the world’s top travel publications has stayed at the property and confirmed it meets standards. It is part of the TripAdvisor family of travel sites and while it does require membership, it’s free!
You can choose from several levels of service including Royal, Posh, and Brillant, with Royal offering exceptional, one-of-a-kind experiences and Brilliant offering great value in desirable locations. They also offer a selection of hotels and tours at up to 40% off the usual price for a limited time of between five and 10 days only.
TripIt is an app to help you organize your travel plans all in one place. You simply forward all your emails and it transforms them into a master itinerary. There are two levels of TripIt; one is free and one is $49/year after a free 30 day trial. TripIt Pro does way more than just organize your travel plans. It also alerts in real time, monitors, notifies, tracks, and shares with your friends, so you’re always in the know. Plus, you get VIP travel benefits and discounts.
If you want access to over 2,000 lounges at over 800 airports in the world, then download LoungeBuddy. You can view and book lounges around the world regardless of your ticket class. Create your trip within the app and LoungeBuddy will let you know which lounges you already have access to. No results? No worries. You can browse lounges and their amenities, and purchase instant access in seconds.
All of these luxury travel apps are available at your App store for free, but as noted above, some will require a purchase to take full advantage of the features.
What are your favorite luxury travel apps?
Sherry is one of the TriWivesClub and LifeDoneWell co-founders and contributes to multiple blogs. She is a former co-owner of the California Apparel News and had a career in the healthcare industry. Her passions include traveling, real food, the environment, and animal rescue/welfare. She lives a healthy lifestyle and has been a vegetarian since 1987. She and her husband are parents to two rescue pups and reside in Connecticut.