I travel often for my job, or at least it seems like I travel a lot. However, my travel is usually grouped together in the spring and the fall. At one time I may have hotel rooms and flights booked for up to four trips.
There has been many times where I have woken in a panic trying to remember if I booked a flight for the trip to Washington, or did I reserve a hotel room for my trip to New Orleans. I would spend a lot of time digging through my emails, work and personal, trying to find a reservation or a confirmation to see if I actually did do what I was supposed to do in booking these travel plans.
Then I heard about TripIt and it saved me from my night panics, or at least saved me from the time to dig through all my emails! TripIt is a free phone app that browses your email a few times a day to look for travel confirmations. When it finds that information it loads it into the app and assigns it a trip name, typically the town you are visiting. If it sees confirmations/reservations during the same time frame it will put them together into a single trip.
Other great things I love about this app:
- Can rename trips in case you are going to the same city multiple times in a few months
- Can connect multiple email addresses to the app(I have work and three personal accounts) by forwarding a confirmation to firstname.lastname@example.org
- You can manually add additional items, such as scheduled visits to attractions
- Send a confirmation to email@example.com if their browsing doesn’t catch one of your confirmations
- Keeps the addresses and confirmation numbers all in one place
The app will also send you updates if your flights change, however, I wouldn’t count on this as they show up a little late sometimes. A second tip for today is to always download the app for your airline because this is typically the best way to get your flight notifications. I also prefer to use the apps for my tickets so I don’t have to fumble with the paper ones, but remember to have a charger with you at all times in case your phone battery starts to die!
There is a paid version of Trip It, however, I haven’t looked into it much because the free version does everything I need. According to the app, TripIt Pro offers:
- Real time flight status alerts
- Mobile check-in reminders
- Finds alternate flights with open seats (this one might be nice with all the cancelled flights I have had lately!)
- Has a seat tracker to show you when a seat you want becomes available
- A point tracker to track your reward program points and miles
- Flight refund monitoring
- Automatic trip sharing
The cost to upgrade is $48.99/year, so again, if you travel a lot, it might be worth the upgrade.
I would suggest you give it a try if you have a trip coming up soon. They don’t spam you with a bunch of emails, and the app is free so why not check it out!