The International Airlines Travel Agent Network has launched a free mobile app that can locate more than 20,000 travel agencies in the United States, Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands. The idea is to give travelers a quick way of finding a professional travel agent at their fingertips.
The deal: The Travel Agents app is free for iPhone and iPads as well as Android and BlackBerry devices. Just go to the relevant app store and download. IATAN, a nonprofit organization that's part of the larger airline trade group International Air Transport Assn., has compiled information for the app from travel agents who meet their accreditation standards.
When: The app is available indefinitely.
Tested: The app allows you to search for travel agents to by city, ZIP Code or area code. I received three referrals with address and phone numbers for agencies in my area when I punched in my ZIP Code. From there I found options to call up a map and directions to each agency.
I also did a more generic search of "New York" and received different results each time I searched (likely because the search term was too broad). Each search comes up with at most five travel agencies.