What Is It?
Hitlist tells you when and where you should fly in order to can score big-time savings on airfare. While there are a few apps like this on the market, we’re obsessed with Hitlist’s brilliant, visually stunning layout. Hitlist goes above and beyond other apps by offering suggestions based on your interests, as well as current happenings around the world.
For example, right now Hitlist is giving everyone a very good excuse to catch the travel bug: the Pitchfork Music Festival is in Paris the weekend of October 27–29, and airfare is only $424 round-trip. Excusez-moi?! According to Hitlist, that airfare qualifies as “spectacular” and I can hardly beg to differ. This app makes it easier and cheaper than ever to say “bon voyage!” and experience other cultures.
How Does It Work?
Hitlist knows that leisure travel is inherently flexible in timing, yet most search engines require you to enter specific dates: +/-3 days is typically as wild as you can get with the wiggle room. Hitlist capitalizes on great deals during off-peak travel times, weaving in local events to offer even more incentive to book flights. Each destination is advertised with a high-quality photograph, helping you visualize places that you have never heard of.
Hitlist does the grunt work; all you have to do is create a profile. (You can also cut corners and still see decent recommendations without making a profile). Let Hitlist know where you’ve been and where you’d like to go. Sync it with Facebook or Twitter so you can see where your friends are itching to visit, allowing you to plan social getaways through the app.
It’s easy to tell whether an airfare is a bargain or not since the price is displayed—and rated—right over the destination’s photo. Instead of vaguely advising you to “wait for drops in price,” Hitlist categorizes the airfare into “superb,” “great,” or “good.”
The app boasts infinite amounts of travel inspiration. Traditionally, apps will provide lists based on price or popularity. But Hitlist is much more comprehensive, providing category roundups by features, activities and more. Click the “Explore” tab to see topics like “Premier Destinations for Wine,” “Underrated Asia,” “Top Spots for Summer Snow,” and “Volcanic Excursions.”
Our Favorite Part!
I love that Hitlist informs me about local happenings. Taking part in foreign festivities is like a crash course in another world. Imagine visiting America for the first time on the Fourth of July! Unfortunately, it’s hard enough to keep track of cool happenings in my own city—even more so in over 100 countries! Luckily, the app is plugged into the hottest events and includes a snippet about why each event is the bee’s knees, in its “Trips” tab.
Right now, Hitlist is beckoning me to fly to Iceland for a city-wide music festival in Reykjavík. Or—for only $50 more in airfare—I could go to India for Diwali, a festival celebrating God’s Triumph over evil.
Even better: In keeping with the community-focused spirit, this app makes it incredibly easy for you to convince your crew to come with you. Simply tap “invite friends” and the app will pitch the idea to selected friends. Hitlist is the personal trainer of travel apps, offering personalized inspiration and motivation.
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Annie’s based in Los Angeles but hails from Portland, Oregon. Sort of. She moved to six states by the time she reached middle school, and continues to move around the US and abroad – call her a nomad, but she prefers “Location ADHD.” After studying abroad in New Zealand, Annie circled the globe, graduated from USC, and circled the world once again. For one year she lived out of a backpack everywhere from The Philippines to Nepal to Slovenia to Norway. She’s a curry connoisseur and passionate explorer, taking the road less traveled, the “trail” covered in vines and swarmed in exotic bugs. Foreign lands feel like home, and Annie loves encouraging more and more people to utilize their passports and experience a new culture.