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Tech Minute: Apps for easier holiday travelGetting to grandma's house should be easier than going over the river and through the woods. Use your smartphone and a few handy apps to book the best deals and manage your trip. CNET's Kara Tsuboi has some useful recommendations in this Tech Minute.
If you haven't yet booked your holiday airfare, now is the time. Kayak, Orbitz and Hipmunk are all great free apps to search all airline carriers for the best deals and most ideal travel times. But before you book that flight, head over to TripAdvisors' SeatGuru app to pick the best seat on the plane. No one wants to get stuck in the middle seat by the lavatory. After your airfare is confirmed, send your itinerary to the app WorldMate Gold. It will keep track of your air travel, rental car and even your calendar. The app does cost 10 bucks but it's well worth it for staying on top of your reservations and appointments. And finally, recommend that your friends and family picking you up at the airport, download the $1.99 app Just Landed. They'll plug in your flight information and get alerts for delays and reminders for when to pick you up. Hopefully these apps can remove the stress from your holiday travel. In San Francisco, I'm Kara Tsuboi, CNET.com for CBS News.