As your Summer travel plans take shape, you may be wondering how to keep your schedule organized. When you make a reservation you can print out your confirmation or email it to yourself but keeping track of travel plans can be a challenge.
TripIt is a free service that can coordinate all of your travel plans into one itinerary for you to access easily on the web or from an app on your smartphone. TripIt eliminates the need to hunt for your travel information, it compiles an itinerary for you and keeps it easily accessible.
To use TripIt, head to tripit.com and sign up for an account. When you make travel plans and receive email confirmations, you can forward them to firstname.lastname@example.org. TripIt will then take that information and prepare an itinerary for you. Within a few minutes you will receive an email response that your itinerary is ready, complete with a link to it.
Your TripIt itinerary includes relevant information such as flight information, confirmation numbers, hotel check-in and check-out times, local maps and weather information. You can see the cost of the travel and the site where you booked your trip.
TripIt is available for travelers worldwide. The service works with 3000 travel sites, including hotel, flight, rental car, parking, rail, cruise, concert, restaurant reservations and others, though not all travel sites are covered.
In your TripIt profile you can adjust your settings, adding email, social media and other accounts to be used with TripIt. You can authorize TripIt to email your itinerary to others and post your travel plans on Facebook, LinkedIn and other social media sites.
You can link to your online calendar to TripIt so your plans are automatically added to your calendar. You can also add notes to your itinerary to supplement your travel information.
Here’s a helpful video showing how TripIt works:
Although TripIt is a free service, a Pro version is available with extra features, which you can sample for free for 30 days. If you decide to continue using TripIt Pro, the cost is $49/year.
TripIt Pro alerts you to flight delays, cancellations and gate changes. If your flight is cancelled or delayed, the Pro service will suggest alternative flights that have available seats. You can also create an Inner Circle of email addresses to automatically alert others of your travel plans.
You can also use TripIt Pro to keep track of your frequent flyer and other loyalty program points. Link your frequent flyer, Amtrak Guest Rewards, car rental, hotel and other rewards programs to see how many points you have earned and which rewards are available for you to redeem.
TripIt has apps available that will link your smartphone and iPad to your TripIt account. The app automatically downloads your itineraries so you can view them from your mobile device.
The TripIt App is available free for:
- iPhone, iPad and iPod Touch at the iTunes App Store
- Android phones at Google Play
- Windows Phones at Windows Marketplace
If your Summer plans include travel, check out TripIt to help you organize your trip!
Have you tried TripIt? Do you find organizing trips a challenge? Let us know in the Comments section below!
* Hannover Rathaus image by Spreng Ben
** Papeete image by Pillotage