Travel app development has never been more important. Traveling apps for Android and iOS are increasing day by day. Today, smartphone and tablet users spend plenty amount of time researching and planning their next vacation, work, and similar travel destinations in their smartphones. In fact, mobile bookings in the travel industry have grown by 1700% between 2011 and 2015, increasing online revenues from 1% to 18% (Source). Furthermore, it is also expected that 31% of consumers will search their next trip from a smartphone.
Point is, the need for a quality mobile sales experience is in high-demand, and in terms of comparing mobile sales experience quality, nothing beats a custom travel app development. That’s why, we recommend you to take a look at these 5 must-have features, which will definitely help you make the best mobile travel apps popular among travelers.
5 Must-Have Features For Travel App Development
There is no doubt that travel and tourism is a great industry. However, it may get a little bit confusing for those who don’t know anything about it.
Do you know what are the features that can make your mobile travel app rank among the best travel apps? Let’s find out!
1 – User’s personal account with Social Media Sign up/Sharing
A mobile travel application is a personal tool for every traveler, therefore a personal account is a must-have for any type of travel application development. And if you think about it, you can also gather more information about your customers during the registration, which could help you in future to understand their behaviors and retain them.
Now when it comes to registration part, adding the social media login will not only speed up their registration time, but it will also give you access to their social profiles which can further help to build personalized deals for each customer.
Besides, due to the active social networking today, the majority of travelers share their travel experience via social media Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram. That means it will also work as a free promotion of your mobile app.
2 – Search & Filters Option for Finding Popular Spots and Attractions
Give your customers a comfortable search tool so that they can easily find all the needed information about sightseeing, popular spots, city attractions, or big events happening in an area. Although, your customers might also get lost in the sea of places’ information if you don’t provide filters tool.
Moreover, the inseparable part of every travel experience is to find non-tourist spots and places to visit. So in your mobile travel app, you can provide a feature of recommendations from locals as well.
There are some useful tools as well that your mobile travel app may like to use. For example, Google Places and Facebook Places APIs give access to a massive database of services and sightseeing, etc.
3 – Booking Services (Hotel & Flight)
All the ranking travel apps provide booking services. And it is nice to have an inbuilt hotel and flight booking functionality with a loyalty program in it. Your customers will be able to choose and book flight tickets and an accommodation for a future trip with few taps in your app.
Besides, in a partnership with airline companies and hotels, you may provide some loyalty programs to give special deals or discounts. And to boost your marketing in the early days, you may also give joining bonus and referral bonus to your users. That will certainly encourage people to switch to your app.
4 – Navigation & Geolocation
After arriving at the destination point, travelers want to feel comfortable understanding their current location and how to get to the hotel/restaurant /club etc. This is why every mobile travel app needs a geolocation feature. Of course, it affects the overall cost of travel app development, but this feature is the necessary one, even if you’re just building an MVP.
To implement this feature, Google provides Google Maps SDK for both iOS and Android to add the map in your travel app itself with all features of routing and navigation.
5 – Ratings & Reviews
While your travel app should provide short information about hotels, restaurants, and cafes, but what the users will really believe is the reviews and testimonials from other users. This feature helps in creating awareness and also helps to better the services of hotels, cafes, and other businesses.
In fact, the main reason that made apps like TripAdvisor gain a viral fan following is that of its review system. Therefore, in your travel mobile app development, travelers should be able to review a place and share their experiences with other travelers.
Exclusive Features to Make Your Travel App Stand-Out!
To provide an optimum travel experience, it is must to incorporate some unique features that can make your travel app a hit. Let’s move forward, and see what can make your travel app the best in the market.
1. Offline Access
What if your user goes to an international destination, and after landing, the first thing he wants is to check out a hotel, restaurant, or a nearby attraction?
While navigation & geolocation feature is the backbone of every mobile travel app, but to make your app more convenient for travelers, you should consider both online & offline access.
Having the ability to work offline is one of the most important aspects of any travel application. And native app development ensures this functionality to work even without an internet connection.
As a matter of fact, we’re currently implementing this feature in one of our client’s application and we have also added this functionality in one of our previously developed app called Rio de Janeiro.
Besides this, we’ve also implemented real-time tracking functionality in an on-demand delivery app – Ninja Delivery. And it’s currently used by many users in California.
2. Notify When Any Discount/Deal is Available
When it comes to traveling, we all seek discount offers or better deals. However, many times we miss to know about these special holiday packages or discount offers.
But you can implement a feature with which the users can find the best deals and set up notifications for price changes. It could be a great feature for those budget-tight travelers who like to visit a destination when a discount or good deal is available. Travelers can choose the destination they would like to visit in their next holidays and activate notification feature to get notified about deals and discount offers.
All in all, we can say that travel app is a valuable business in this modern age and it is easy to monetize. It doesn’t matter if you run a small travel agency in your town or you’re just a mediator between customers and services, all you need is a fresh idea and, of course, a professional mobile app development company that will build a travel app exactly the way its idea was conceived. For further inquiry and cost estimation, drop us a line below.