TripIt is a Great App/Website

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tripitIf you travel, whether for business or pleasure, check out TripIt, if you are not familiar with it.  It’s one of the best travel apps/websites there is.  It will help you keep track of your travel plans and automatically organize them so you don’t have to worry about keeping all the elements of your travel itineraries on hand as you move from place to place.

If you travel for business, you may wish to subscribe to the Pro version for $49.00 a year.  It’s a bargain.  The free version is very capable on its own, so I recommend you try that out and if you think the Pro features are worth the cost, subscribe.

What I like most about TripIt is that it will automatically import nearly any travel confirmation email from your inbox to the app/website.  You can work with the information via the website or an app of your smartphone, tablet or Apple Watch.

As an example, let’s say you are taking a trip to Washington, DC for the upcoming Presidential Inauguration.  First you book your hotel, then you book your flights and then you book tickets for various things like the Inauguration itself, museums, etc.  TripIt will import your flight and hotel information, including all the important information related to your booking.  They will be placed on the proper date and times for things like hotel check in and out.  Slightly more obscure things like museum tickets may not actually import, but you can forward them to plans@tripit.com and they will show up as an item that needs to be filed, so you can move it to your trip on the day and time you intend to go.

It makes for a smooth and far less stressful trip, especially with the notifications TripIt can provide.  Everything from check in reminders, to connecting flight updates to delays and even tracking your preferred seat for your flights.

There’s even a social media aspect to it, where you can connect with your friends who also use TripIt.  I don’t use that feature very much, but you are traveling to the same place, it makes it a snap to organize meeting up.  Check it out, you’ll be glad you did.

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