If you love to travel as much as I do, then I hope you already know about TripIt, but if you don’t, you are going to be in for a pleasant surprise. I am a stickler for details and love having every hotel confirmation, airline reservation, tours, expenses — you name it — all in one place. In the old days, just a few years ago, I would print off every confirmation and put it in my trusty purple folder and carry that with me while traveling. If I needed to check in at the airport, I would whip out my airline confirmation. Checking in for a cruise? Paperwork was there, too. Shuttle or limo transfer? All of my paperwork was organized and ready to go in one easy to navigate folder. Or so I thought…
Then came the advent of smartphones and their introduction into my otherwise mundane life and suddenly I realized I no longer needed to print everything out or waste another sheet of paper. Trees breathed a collective sigh, but my fingers ached typing in or cutting and pasting all of my confirmations into a document and then emailing it to myself. There had to be a better way and I was so glad that there was. In October of 2006, TripIt was founded and travel planning was changed forever. You may think I am over-exaggerating, but I’m not. Why was TripIt created? From their website:
“We are frustrated travelers who have worked in both travel and technology for a long time. We know firsthand that using the Internet to make travel plans and organizing the details is difficult and time consuming. And, the problem is getting worse as more people choose to make their own travel plans and as online travel options continue to proliferate.”
So I wasn’t alone in my frustration with my inability to stay organized, but the fine folks over at TripIt worked diligently to “simplify the Internet travel experience” and that they did.
How does it work? Instead of typing in every entry into an app or a form, you don’t have to do any of that anymore.
“Simply forward confirmation emails from anywhere you book to firstname.lastname@example.org and TripIt “automagically” creates one simple, smart itinerary to access on a smartphone, calendar, or anywhere online. For even greater peace of mind while traveling, TripIt Pro acts like a personal travel assistant that keeps travelers in the know regarding flight status, alternate flights, and more; tracks all frequent traveler points in one place; and monitors eligible flights for fare refunds. TripIt for Business is an easier way for companies to organize office travel; keep track of who’s traveling when and where, and whether travel dollars are being spent wisely.”
TripIt only last week changed the way it looks online and although more streamlined, the all grey appearance is something I am still deciding whether I like or not. My entire life has become drastically simpler because of this mighty app. Both my husband and I travel frequently, sometimes together, but many times individually. We can share our trips with each other, which is great when we need to plan when have free time to coordinate time to be together. He purchased the TripIt Pro plan and loves it as it keeps him updated and lets him know of flight schedule changes such as delays or cancellations and that in itself is worth the price. For me personally, I love how I can step into the airport, open TripIt, and walk up to the self-serve kiosk from any of the airlines, enter my confirmation code, and print my tickets. No fumbling for a paper confirmation and hopefully, no need to deal with an agent, and within minutes I’m on my way. It also inserts maps of the area I’m going to as well as the forecast for each city. What could be better than that?
Not sure you need one more app? I would gladly erase all of my other apps if I could at least keep TripIt. Now if that is not a ringing endorsement for an app for which I was not paid to promote it, I don’t know what is. What are your favorite travel apps?