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mansai

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Hi,

Was browsing looking for templates to make my own itinerary for an upcoming trip and came across this site TripIt | Organize your travel which allows you to make an online itinerary for flights, hotels, car rentals. I must admit it is one of the most exciting web sites I have seen in a long while.
It can automatically create your itinerary just by forwarding your confirmation (certain companies only) to the email address for the site. I just tried it with a confirmation from Hawaiian Airlines and Expedia and all details were automatically updated into my itinerary with 2 minutes.
You can also create itinerary items manually, share with friends, add maps and directions.
It was launched July 30th and is still in Beta atm but the potential is fantastic.

Check it out

Colin
 

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Hi,

Was browsing looking for templates to make my own itinerary for an upcoming trip and came across this site TripIt | Organize your travel which allows you to make an online itinerary for flights, hotels, car rentals. I must admit it is one of the most exciting web sites I have seen in a long while.

Well, it's now July 2008 and this site seems to be doing well. I have just thrown away about a kg of paperwork thanks to the program. I had printed every email from every booking for a six week trip across the USA. With this program I was able to fill all the details of every booking and event - booking numbers, price of hotels - as much or as little information as you like can be entered. With flights, you enter the flight number and the program 'finds' the flight and gives you all the information including updates when you go back in to look, and a button to click on to print your boarding passes. You can print the whole itinerary (I did, back to back). You can also at any time go to your itinerary, saved on the site, and check it, change it, print boarding passes, etc. Thumbs up from me!!
 

Mwenenzi

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It will be OK so long as the site stays alive.
Web sites come :)
Web sites die and are never seen again. :eek:
Nothing is better than keeping your own copies on important information
 

straitman

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I did use this last year on one occassion though I must confess that I'd forgotten that it existed. My details from last Nov are still there. :cool:
 

mansai

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Mobimate Worldmate Live are now offering a service along similar lines where you can email them an itinerary and it will create an online itinerary
 

mzy

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I have been using Mobimate's Worldmate Live for the past couple of months (the free one not the premium one). Not only do they provide an online itinerary web site but they also have software for Windows Mobile Devices and Blackberry devices, allowing you to sync to your PDA or phone.

Works for me...mzy
 

JohnK

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It will be OK so long as the site stays alive.
Web sites come :)
Web sites die and are never seen again. :eek:
I think this happens regularly with websites used for storing digital photos.
 

albatross710

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I have been struggling with co-ordinating 4 work colleagues on a euro trip plus booking f-i-l to Africa plus some other redemption bookings. I can do all of the bookings etc but communicating the itinerary to everyone - that is a different matter.

A couple of weeks ago I saw Tripit mentioned in another thread so I signed up for the free edition.

Emailing all of the various flight & hotel booking confirmations to the plans@tripit.com address the system imported them into the 4 different trips and gave me a format to keep everyone up to date.

Yesterday 3 of us traveled BNE-SYD on two different flights. Using the iPhone Tripit I was able to understand and react to how flight delays affected out plans.

Later in the day I had a meeting in which I was able to use the iPhone Tripit app to provide details for other upcoming trips without having to dig through a pile of emailed confirmations.

Even for the small amount of travel that I do thee days, there is enough value for me in maintaining the application for a) keeping my confirmations all together and b) being able to send a itinerary to my travel partners.

I notice they have a 30 day trial on the pro version. I'll definitely be taking that up prior to departure n my 14 day euro adventure.
 

notzac

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Agreed, TripIt is a wonderful tool! I've got a stack of different bookings for my upcoming holiday in November and TripIt means that it's actually all staying organised :)
 

albatross710

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Agreed, TripIt is a wonderful tool! I've got a stack of different bookings for my upcoming holiday in November and TripIt means that it's actually all staying organised :)
I think it is the 'import' of the various hotel & airline bookings that made it for me. I imported emails by forwarding the confirmations directly from:

  • Jetstar
  • Qantas
  • Easyjet
  • Priceline
  • Hyatt
  • Milton

Singapore Airlines I didn't get to work and had to manually type in the flight numbers. Perhaps that will get fixed over time.
 

notzac

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Singapore Airlines I didn't get to work and had to manually type in the flight numbers. Perhaps that will get fixed over time.
Does SQ / your travel agent use Amadeus? If so, log in to checkmytrip and get it to e-mail you the itinerary; an e-mail from there imports perfectly in to TripIt
 

albatross710

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Does SQ / your travel agent use Amadeus? If so, log in to checkmytrip and get it to e-mail you the itinerary; an e-mail from there imports perfectly in to TripIt
hmm..can't retrieve SQ bookings via checkmytrip.
 

albatross710

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I was using the iPhone application offline which was very handy. So convenient having all of the flight, hotel addresses and booking numbers in an ordered place. I admit to still taking a backup paper copy!

In the last month I took up the Pro subscription (30 day trial gratis) and used it on my European itinerary in the last month.

I must admit that I didn't get any additional value from the Pro version. Of most concern was the problems at Easyjet which required a change of airport and a change of time, both of which didn't flow through onto TripIt in terms of the promised Alerts.

I don't take pay up for the Pro version when it come due. Would appreciate feedback if people have had success with it though.

Alby
 

Flashback

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I use TripIt also and have downloaded the iPhone app, going to be very handy on my month in Europe coming up also.
 

albatross710

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I use TripIt also and have downloaded the iPhone app, going to be very handy on my month in Europe coming up also.
Remember that you will not have full functionality unless you have a data-roaming solution. I was updating on hotel wi-fi each day.
 

drewbles

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It would appear that TripIt has been making leaps and bounds of late.

When I used the site for my big trip in October, only USA based cell phones worked for SMS notification.

As of a week after I got back (typical) they now offer international mobile/cell phone SMS notification of flight changes, gate changes and in the USA even baggage carousel notifications. This is for TripIt Pro, which they have a special offer on for international charter members at present ($49USD a year).

I signed up for it based on how brilliant it was for my previous trip. The site has been around for quite some time now, and goes from strength to strength. Their list of supported providers for itinerary imports keeps growing and growing. See here TripIt | Online travel itinerary and trip planner for more info (note that SQ is on the list now and I forwarded a convoluted email from JQ with my itinerary in it and it worked perfectly).

The only small complaint I have is that it doesn't have the 'smarts' to match flights with hotel check-in/check-out times, and simply puts what's on the itinerary. It might be nice to factor in say a 6am check-out for a 9 am flight rather than saying check out is 11am when the flight left at 9am. It's only a small one, and a few clicks quickly fixes that (manual change).

Apart from that, it's brilliant. I did put in a request for them to accept PNR/Name import from sites like Virtually There, as their email based itinerary is woeful, and they said they passed it onto their developers. No idea if anything will come of it.

I've also spoken to their dev staff about some other things, and they've been very responsive.

I should be on their payroll :D

Also, for iPhone users, I would suggest Flight Update Pro. It's $13~ or so, but it has TripIt integration, and works brilliantly for organising multiple trips. I use it religiously, and with other people I know who share their travel itineraries with me on TripIt, it'll show their movements as well. If they are not Pro subscribers, it will not however, monitor their trips, only yours.
 

Bundy Bear

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Another one who now uses tripit. It came very handy on my trip in November where I had 7 different itineraries on 4 different airlines.

The map feature isn't much good when you aren't on data roaming, it would be nice to have a feature where there is a basic map of where the hotel is located.

The Virgin Atlantic staff at check in at Sydney needed some proof of onward travel out of Hong Kong and I handed over the iphone with the tripit page open. I carry around enough paper as it is without needing to carry around itineraries.
 

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... The Virgin Atlantic staff at check in at Sydney needed some proof of onward travel out of Hong Kong and I handed over the iphone with the tripit page open. I carry around enough paper as it is without needing to carry around itineraries.
That's all very well and good if your iphone/pda's batteries do not run out.

There's a saying somewhere about a printout "not needing batteries". I print all ticket information double sided before travel and take this with me. The paper is only a few extra Grams.

Having said that; I do use trip-it, but only the basic one and I only print the basic stuff. I print this two up double sided if more than two pages. I still take printed copies of all e-tickets, hotels booking confirmations etc. relevant to my itinerary.
 

Bundy Bear

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That's all very well and good if your iphone/pda's batteries do not run out.

There's a saying somewhere about a printout "not needing batteries". I print all ticket information double sided before travel and take this with me. The paper is only a few extra Grams.

Having said that; I do use trip-it, but only the basic one and I only print the basic stuff. I print this two up double sided if more than two pages. I still take printed copies of all e-tickets, hotels booking confirmations etc. relevant to my itinerary.
Do you think a PM is a good enough for a hotel confirmation; whether this PM is from FT or AFF; is one better than the other. :?:;)
 
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