Best airport companion apps for iPhone: Navigate terminals like a pro!

From terminal maps to flight delays to lounge and parking information, these are the very best airport companion apps for iPhone!

Looking for the very best iPhone apps to help you track flights and navigate your way through airports across the globe? If you travel frequently, knowing where you're going and how to get there on time is important. Planes wait for no one. Whether you want to know how long the wait is at security checkpoints or need to find the closest lounge with certain amenities, there's always an app for that. However, not all of them are created equal. So which airport companion apps for iPhone are the very best?


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Best airport companion apps for iPhone: FlightBoard

FlightBoard is an app anyone should have that's either compulsive about checking flight status or is planning on picking someone up at the airport. Essentially Flightboard pulls in the same information as the big board inside airport terminals do. You can sort flights by arrival or departure time, destination, and more. If you know the flight number or airport code, you can quickly search by that to pull up a flight in seconds. Tap on any flight to expand the view and see more information.

When it comes to flight status, FlightBoard does it efficiently and beautifully.


Best airport companion apps for iPhone: LoungeBuddy

LoungeBuddy can help you find lounges in over 500 of the largest international airports. You can also tell it what credit cards and memberships you have so you can see what lounges have special offers for you. Input what flights you're taking to get even more accurate information. If you need a lounge with specific amenities you can sort and filter by that too.

For the most up to date and accurate information on finding lounges in hundreds of airports across the globe, look no further than LoungeBuddy.

App in the Air

Best airport companion apps for iPhone: App in the Air

App in the Air is a great companion app for before you fly and while you're wandering around airports. Before you take off App in the Air shows you useful info such as sample packing lists and checklist, tips on when you should arrive, and more. Once you're at the airport, you can track your flight's status, be alerted to delays, and more. For most airports you can view maps, tips from other App in the Air users, and even chat with other folks checked in at airports. The more you travel, the more achievements you'll unlock and add to your profile. Once a flight is in the air, you can track real time progress. However, some features, such as push notifications, require an additional in-app purchase.

For a companion app with a social twist, be sure to check out App in the Air.

Flightradar24 Pro

Best airport companion apps for iPhone: Flightradar24

Flightradar24 Pro gives some of the most detailed live flight tracking information available. Whether you're catching a flight or not, there's no denying how intriguing Flightradar24 really is. Simply launch the app and you'll see the hundreds of planes wandering across the globe. You can even use the camera to point your iPhone at the horizon. Flightradar24 will then show you what planes are flying around you. Tap on any plane to see info about the plane itself as well as current altitude, speed, exact location, and more.

For an awesome view of what planes are in the sky over your head, you need Flightradar24 Pro.


Best airport companion apps for iPhone: MiFlight

MiFlight is a crowd sourced app that has one main goal and it's to help you plan for how long it's going to take you to clear security checkpoints. This is especially convenient for folks who know their local airports are congested or if you're traveling during peak holiday time. Just launch MiFlight, type in the airport you're flying out of and choose your terminal. MiFlight will pull in data from other travelers on how long the wait it to clear security. There are currently over 50 airports supported with more being added. In my experience, most large airports have data updated every few hours or so. There are also basic terminal maps for supported airports included.

If you fly out of congested airports or at peak times, MiFlight gives you the insider info on security checkpoint lines.

Your vote for best airport companion apps for iPhone?

If you spend a lot of time in and out of airports, what apps do you depend on when dealing with the craziness? Do you use any of the above apps? Be sure to let me know in the comments!

Allyson Kazmucha

iMore senior editor from 2011 to 2015.