The best Alexa Skills and commands 2021: the ultimate in Amazon Echo tips and tricks

The Amazon Echo can make planning holidays, or even the commute to work, quick and easy. Here are the best Amazon Alexa skills for organizing your travels.

Uber Alexa skills

If you live somewhere with Uber coverage, then you can use the Alexa Uber skill to quickly and easily arrange for a car to drive to your location and pick you up.

To start, you'll need to install the Uber Alexa skill on your Amazon Echo (or similar Alexa-enabled device), and also use the Alexa app to set the location of your Amazon Echo (so the Uber driver knows where to pick you up from).

Once configured, you can say "Alexa, ask Uber to request a ride" and a car will be sent to your home. If it's taking its time, say "Alexa, ask Uber where's my ride?" to find out what the delay is.

Best Alexa skills

Uber in action

Lyft Alexa skills

Lyft is another service that lets you call up drivers to pick you up and drop you off, and just like Uber it has an Alexa skill as well.

With this skill up and running installed you can say "Alexa, ask Lyft to call a ride" to request a driver. Other things you can ask include "Alexa, ask Lyft how much a ride to work will cost”, "Alexa, ask Lyft where my ride is", and "Alexa, ask Lyft to tip my driver 3 dollars."

Kayak Alexa Skills

The Kayak Alexa app for the Amazon Echo allows you to use Alexa to help you plan a trip.

This skill can track flights (for example: "Alexa, ask Kayak when the flight from New York to Las Vegas lands"), and check prices – so "Alexa, ask Kayak how much it costs to fly from New York to Las Vegas", maybe, if you're in the mood for some gambling.

If you want some inspiration and are on a budget, try "Alexa, ask Kayak where can I go for $500 dollars".

Tube Status Alexa skill

The Tube Status Amazon Echo Skill is essential for London commuters, enabling you to ask Alexa to check the status of underground train services in the UK capital.

For example, you could say "Alexa, ask Tube Status if there are any delays", or "Alexa, ask Tube Status how's the Central line?" We can't promise you'll get a positive answer, but at least you'll be kept in the loop.

Expedia Alexa skills

The Expedia Amazon Echo skill can make travelling easier than ever. You can check on your flights with "Alexa, ask Expedia when is my flight?", book a rental car with "Alexa, ask Expedia to reserve a car", and lots more.

Location Alexa skills

The Life360 skill recently landed on Alexa-enabled devices, allowing you to find out where your family members are along with driving ETA to make family safety and coordination a breeze. There are some other location-based apps too, but Life360 is one of our favorites as it's so easy-to-use and accessible for kids.

Jon Porter

Jon Porter is the ex-Home Technology Writer for TechRadar. He has also previously written for Practical Photoshop, Trusted Reviews, Inside Higher Ed, Al Bawaba, Gizmodo UK, Genetic Literacy Project, Via Satellite, Real Homes and Plant Services Magazine, and you can now find him writing for The Verge.