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Tech, Yeah! 4 Incredibly Useful Apps for Stress-Free Holiday Travel

With the insufferable crowds, never-ending lines, and imminent flight delays, holiday travel can be so unpleasant that you often wish you had never even made the trip in the first place. But before you’re forced to endure a hellish series of events on your way to a much-needed vacation, download these four apps. Without the worry of your flight costs, hotel room, house, and pet, the upcoming days may just have a chance of being merry and bright after all.

To nab a flight upgrade: TPG To Go

Those who favor cheap flight deals may already be familiar with Brian Kelly, a.k.a. The Points Guy. A self-proclaimed “frequent flyer mile and credit card point ninja,” Kelly specializes in maximizing your hard-earned loyalty points and airline miles to ensure you get the most bang for your buck in terms of your flight and accommodations with his tip-heavy site, ThePointsGuy.com. Now, his team has joined forces with credit card rewards company Wallaby to roll out TPG To Go, a new app that advises you to use the optimal credit card for rewards and track and manage your points to ensure you’re on track to earn more. Say hello to first class.

Download TPG To Go for free on the iTunes app store or follow Kelly on Twitter at @ThePointsGuy for more travel tips. 

To book a room: Roomlia

If your travel accommodations somehow fell through (or even if they didn’t), it’s worth perusing Roomlia for last-minute hotel deals before you take off. The mobile app features rooms that you can reserve seven days from your check-in date, for up to five nights, in 35 cities (including New York, Las Vegas, and Miami). All you need to do is select your destination from the drop-down menu, specify the duration of your stay, and swipe to the left on your hotel of choice. If you’re pleased with the total cost, you can finalize your payment with the hotel directly through the app. Don’t worry, you can always cancel that overpriced resort you booked months in advance.

Download Roomlia for free on the iTunes app store or on Google Play.

To control your home: Honeywell Lyric

Forgot to turn off the heat before you rushed out of the house? Don’t sweat it. Honeywell’s new Lyric app lets you rejigger the temps from your smartphone by pairing with the Lyric thermostat, an extremely high-tech device that displays the current weather so you can select the appropriate degrees Fahrenheit for comfort. Using the app, you can create shortcuts for certain temperatures at just one tap (for example, if you like to work out at 72°F and not a smidge less). Lyric even senses when you’re approaching home by detecting your smartphone location, so it can pump up the heat (or cool it down) upon your arrival.

Download Honeywell Lyric for free on the iTunes app store or on Google Play.

To take care of your pet: DogVacay

Consider DogVacay your own virtual kennel. The networking app boasts a canine-loving community of thousands of dog sitters across the U.S. who can take care of your pup in your absence and give you up-to-date info on his or her whereabouts with daily photo updates. To get going, you can browse hosts in your area (complete with starred reviews), schedule a meet-and-greet or contact them via the app, and book them by paying for their service through your phone. Not a dog owner? Fear not: cats and other animals are allowed, too.

Download DogVacay for free on the iTunes app store. 

Schedule VIP Treatments with New On-Demand Beauty Service Apps and Sites


May 8, 2014 @ 1:55 pm

In a perfect world, we’d all have copious amounts of time to get our hair professionally coiffed, our nails meticulously polished, our eyebrows (and other hair that we won’t mention) plucked and waxed—the list is endless.

Booking and going to those beauty maintenance appointments used to be a hassle but a slew of new beauty service apps and sites have made things much more convenient. With the click of a button (or a swipe!), you can book any number of desired services and then just wait for your professional to ring your doorbell! Here are our faves:

Stylebee

Founder Anna Santeramo started the app to help busy women book services at times that would work with anyone’s schedule, including last-minute appointments. With Stylebee, you can schedule an appointment at your home or office in as little as 2 hours. The app then matches you up with a Stylebee professionals nearby, who then bring their own tools to do the job at your requested location for a fee. The services currently offered are: blowout ($ 50), updo ($ 85), makeup ($ 85), and massage ($ 150) in San Francisco or Los Angeles, with New York launching soon. It’s available for download on iPhone or Android.

TheStylisted

Best friends and co-founders Lauren Katzberg and Julia Carmona bonded over a shared conundrum while getting their M.B.A.s at the University of Chicago—as women of a certain age, the number of weddings each had to attend piled up and they often needed to get their hair and makeup done prior to the weddings. They found booking a talented stylist to be a challenge and were unwilling to endure one more makeup counter experience gone wrong. Thus, Katzberg and Carmona built TheStylisted.com—an online platform that allows you to book in-home hair styling and makeup application from a network of vetted beauty professionals. It’s currently available in New York and Chicago and will be available in Los Angeles in October. Prices vary depending on stylist and service.

Byoutik

For those of you fashion fiends who want to recreate fashion’s hottest makeup or hair trends, what’s a better place to turn to than Paris? Get excited: The city’s hottest beauty booking app, Byoutik, is finally launching in the U.S.! They’re coming to the New York area this fall, and have plans to expand into other cities. The app aims to help users experience star treatment with personal pampering sessions. You can book anything from manicures, haircuts, waxing, makeup application, and massages (or all of the above!). Appointments can be done with trends like statement hair (think braids or the wet look), nail art (like 3D accents), and crazy makeup (try bedazzled eyes).

For even more beauty house-call apps pick up the June issue of InStyle, available on newsstands and for digital download May 16.