April 30, 2021 at 12:48AM

PYMNTS’ Provider Ranking of Travel Apps traverses the known digital world, occasionally going off-road and off-the-grid in rating apps that take us to wondrous places outside. Remember outside? Sure, you do. Pack a bag. Board a plane. See the sights. It’s all coming back now.

We’ve taken to tied scores lately — or rather, that’s how the cards are falling — as competition intensifies in app country. Travel apps may even overheat if expectations for the return of travel are even half-true. We may be at a moment of peak undischarged travel demand.

Assuming that’s true, commit these rankings to memory. There will be a quiz.

The Top Five

No room at the inn? Nonsense. Just look at the new tie at No. 1 between Booking.com and Vrbo, the latter of which gained a spot to make it to the top.

That tie begets cascading changes down through this new Provider Ranking of Travel Apps, as almost everyone gains a spot virtually by default. Even so, the rank is the rank. Check it.

At No. 2 this month is Airbnb and its new Visa Direct pact, followed at No. 3 by the Hopper app.

That brings venerable Hotels.com to No. 4, and Skyscanner to No. 5, wrapping the top five.

The Top 10

At No. 6, it’s popular TripAdvisor and its new subscription offering. Paddling upriver to gain a spot is the KAYAK app at No. 7, with HotelTonight up one spot and settled in at No. 7 (for now).

Who doesn’t love surprises? We’ve got two for you.

New at No. 9 this month is the Couchsurfing Travel App, offering local accommodations in thousands of cities worldwide.

Also new, at No. 10, it’s the PriorityPass app for airport lounge access.

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