I was browsing the iPhone app store last night and the Genius tab suggested I try TripIt. Normally I would have glazed right over any travel apps since I don’t travel as much as I used to, but I actually have a long trip coming up in December and I’ve been looking for a way to organize it all.
It seems pretty simple on the surface – you e-mail TripIt your confirmation itinerary. It breaks down each leg of your trip, then allows you to add notes like car rental info, maps and weather information to each stop.
When I do travel, it’s normally to visit my parents in Tanzania, and I’m always a little skeptical of travel sites. I feel like they promise me the world, but can rarely deliver anything outside the U.S. My upcoming trip involves flights through 3 continents and 5 countries. So I decided to put TripIt to the test.
I forwarded my itinerary to TripIt, and in less than 5 minutes, my travel plans showed up both online and in the iPhone app. Each flight has a button to check flight status and check in online, weather for both departure and arrival. It also lists all of the important info like confirmation number, seat number, meals and timezone. For Mac users, it will also sync with iCal.
Probably the nicest feature so far – the ability to add extra info to each stop. I have a longer layover in Washington, D.C. where I plan to meet up with friends and I’ve been adding maps and contact info into that section.
You can also upgrade to TripIt Pro and get alerts about flight delays and track your frequent flyer miles.
So far, I’m impressed. But, I won’t leave home without a hard copy of all my travel plans. I’m not sure what my cell service will look like when I leave the states and I’m still a little skeptical of the accuracy until I see it action.
Have your own online travel tool? I’m always open to suggestions! Leave a comment!