If you are planning a trip or you travel frequently, a helpful mobile application and connected website can keep both your flights and activities organized. It also lets you share your itinerary with others who need your trip details.
The TripIt Travel Organizer apps are available for your iPhone and iPad, BlackBerry, Android device on the Google Play Market and Windows Mobile phone. There's a free version with ads (without ads if you've already paid for a year's membership) and a $3.99 version without ads.
The TripIt pro version is popular among frequent fliers who need to keep track of their flight and other details as they fly in and out of different cities. For a $49 annual subscription, you can get alerts sent to your phone about flight delays and cancellations, get refunds, track your frequent travel information and receive other benefits.
But the free version has all kinds of tools to help you plan a trip and stay on top of things, too.
Any details you add while you're logged on any device — the computer or a mobile one — automatically sync with the rest of them, so you can enter information on a computer and see it on your iPhone, for example.
I recently used the pro version, provided by TripIt, on a trip to Washington, D.C., and loved having all my flights and tour information in one place, as well as maps to our planned tourist attractions.
When I first signed on, I plugged in my flight numbers and it automatically filled in the details — departure and arrival times, gate numbers, etc. It was nice to see all that on one device instead of constantly checking my paper printouts from the electronic tickets.
I then added times of our tours — the Library of Congress, the U.S. Capitol, the National Archives, etc. — and included confirmation numbers, addresses and other details. It was an easy way to keep track of where we were headed next.
The more you travel, the more extensive and helpful I think you'll find TripIt. It's the highest grossing travel app on the iTunes store, and recent updates show that TripIt creators pay close attention to the needs of the travelers who use it.
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