I’m not a road warrior, however I travel enough for work – and a little bit for pleasure (so wish that was more!) – that TripIt and the TripIt Android App are an absolute necessity for keeping all my travel details organized. TripIt is an organizer for all your travel information. As I write this, I’m sitting in my eleventh city of the year, on my 9th trip loaded in TripIt, on my 32nd day away from home – and on the trip home I’ll pass 10,000 miles traveled this year. Like I said, I’m no road warrior but keeping all those hotels, airline reservations, and shuttles straight would be next to impossible without TripIt – and the Android App gives me all that great information, right at my fingertips.
The Android App has an incredibly clean design. All current and upcoming trips are displayed in a chronological list.
To access a trip, you simply click the trip name and all the details about that trip are then shown to you, by day – also automatically in chronological order. If you’re a gmail user (and what good Android Gal isn’t), getting all those trip details into your TripIt account couldn’t be easier. Turn on TripIt’s email scanner for Gmail inside your account settings and TripIt automatically scans your gmail account for new trip details and adds them automatically to the correct trip or creates new trips for you.
TripIt recently updated their Android App to version 1.6 which includes an awesome homescreen widget that after just one trip I’m already in love with. I did have a little trouble with the widget after updating the app on my Droid 2. It didn’t display the Widget in my list of available widgets, but after uninstalling and reinstalling the app, all worked well. This new update also added some easier sign on functionality – although once I signed on the first time this wasn’t a big deal for me. You can also now add, edit, and delete trips right from the app. I don’t know that I’ll use that feature much as I tend to let the Gmail scanner do this for me automatically – but always nice to know you have that option.
TripIt comes in two flavors – regular which is free and Pro which has an annual cost. I upgraded to Pro this year and it has paid for itself as TripIt automatically monitors flight cost and if the cost goes down, it alerts you so you can call the airline to get the lower cost. It’s NEVER easy doing this with the airlines as they try to fight you on the price, but I’ve gotten more than the cost of TripItPro back just on two flights and with at least six more flights yet this year, I’m sure I may get even more back.
TripIt and TripIt Pro work with a bunch of other third party apps so you may be able to extend the functionality even more with other apps you already love. I hope this travel friendly app helps you as much as it has me! Here is a fun video that shows what Tripit can do!