What's the matter with TripIt - In Depth Review
In this article, we are going to review this travel planner and find out whether it delivers what it promises.
The idea of a vacation after a long term of work or studies can easily excite any traveler. It’s all fun and games until you realize how exhaustive travel planning can be when it comes to scheduling and organizing tasks.
But, the good news is that you can use a travel planning app to create a full-fledged itinerary with a few taps, so you don’t have to pull your brains out doing it yourself!
TripIt is one of them. While it's primarily used for business travel, it can be used for Vacation travel as well. In this article, we are going to review this travel planner and find out whether it delivers what it promises! If you are looking for planning vacation travel however we recommend using Pilot, which we built specifically for vacation trip planning.
What is TripIt?
TripIt is a travel planning app that is designed to create itineraries by integrating all your travel details in one place. It helps travelers organize, manage, and track itineraries in a hassle-free manner. But, if you know already, there are other travel apps out there, offering similar services.
So, how does TripIt stands out from the rest?
As a travel planner, TripIt does a bit more than allowing you to create itineraries for your favorite destinations – for a price though.
It makes sure you get to your destination on time and enjoy your tour by avoiding obstacles and make use of opportunities on your way. Let’s find out how and if it’s worth it.
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How much does TripIt cost?
The answer is "it depends". There are 4 different plans for TripIt depending on your needs. The basic plan is free to use, but TripIt Pro costs $49 annually, with per-user license plans for TripIt for teams and up. See details below.
The basic plan that is free to use. Its features are limited to gathering all travel-related details into an itinerary. It’s recommended for starters or people who don’t travel very often.
The paid version costs $49 annually and offers additional features that come in handy for regular travelers.
TripIt for Teams:
The version is great for companies to create and share trip plans related to business trips with their employees. This version is more of a centralized control center for travel operations.
TripIt for Travel Management Companies:
The specialized version geared towards travel management companies.
What are the Major Features Offered by TripIt?
- The ability to create multiple itineraries that include all travel-related details from flights, accommodation to car rentals
- Displays interesting travel stats, total carbon emissions of your past flights, neighborhood score, and nearby attractions of places you visit
TripIt Pro has additional features that include,
- Flight status, real-time alerts on flight delays, transportation options, and alternative flights
- Rewards points tracking, seat tracking, and VIP travel benefits to help you save money
- Detailed maps of airports
How Does TripIt Work?
Once a user creates an account on TripIt, it will form itineraries based on confirmation emails regarding flights, accommodation, and other bookings. These details are automatically gathered by the app from the inbox or manually forwarded to TripIt’s email address by the user. Once done, you can share it with other people, edit it, or sync it with your calendar.
In order to view your trips, others need to have a TripIt account as well. You can sign up for a 30-day free trial to use Tripit Pro, but you still have to enter your credit card details.
Is TripIt any good?
Here's what We Like About TripIt:
With the auto-import feature, you have to invest little to no effort to create an itinerary because TripIt will handle most of it. This is an impressive feature for busy professionals who don’t have time to sort emails and send them to TripIt manually.
We think TripIt does a great job in bringing all vital details regarding your trip into one place. You don’t have to go through the hassle of rummaging your bag to find out reservation receipts or scour through emails to retrieve flight information as everything is there in the app.
TripIt walks an extra mile in certain aspects. Its features like neighborhood safety score help you stay clear of shady areas or be more vigilant when you are touring in cities like Mexico. It also tracks your flights’ carbon footprint and suggests ways to offset them, which is awesome.
For TripIt premium users, the app is really useful when it comes to receiving real-time notifications on flight delays, cancellations, and gate changes – sometimes, even before the airlines! It even alarms users when the departure time is close, so you won’t miss the flight.
Ability to Plan Trips in Groups
You can invite your friends and family members to join TripIt and plan your travel journeys together. Users can share their itineraries with others and grant access to contribute or edit details. It also makes it easy to share important trip-related details with multiple people.
What TripIt Can Do Better?
Premium version is expensive
If you are not a frequent traveler, the TripIt premium version may not be a cost-effective option because the free version is equipped with most of the essential features of a trip planner. In comparison, Pilot is a free service.
Too Many (Annoying) Emails
Some users have complained TripIt spamming the inbox with excessive and unnecessary emails about every single update. It can be annoying as the whole purpose of using a travel app is to minimize clutter. But, you can manage it by changing the settings via the desktop app.
It isn't "fun"
TripIt was built for business travel, not vacation travel, meaning it lacks of lot of features that would have you replacing Google Docs, Spreadsheets, etc. You're frankly still better off using those tools than TripIt in its current iteration (that's why we built Pilot). It can be useful, but there's little delight or fun in using the tool, since it wasn't built for that. That's fine if that's what you're looking for, but we believe that travel planning should be a fun experience given the anticipation for your trip!
Issues with Auto-Import
Although the app works well most of the time, users have encountered some issues where the app has failed to import confirmation details automatically, especially if it’s a small hotel or rental service. In this case, you have to enter the details manually.
Dull and Dated Web Interface
Compared to the mobile version, the web app seems outdated. It can certainly shine better with a good upgrade. It can be useful, but it's certainly not "cool".
Inaccurate Alerts (rarely)
There tend to be rare inaccuracies related to flight delay alerts and information related to alternative flights. But, this is a small percentage of users. As a rule of thumb, it’s always better to double-check with the airlines regarding these matters – so you won’t miss a flight.
TripIt is a great app if your main concern is on having all travel confirmation and reservation details organized in one place, especially with regards to flights. But, if you are looking for a more sophisticated trip planner that focuses on the “experiences” of your trips like where to go, what to see and do, then you need a better option.
From our side, we recommend Pilot, (though we are a bit biased!) a trip planner that gives you the joy of brainstorming travel ideas, seeking inspiration from fellow travelers, and organizing trips alone or with your travel partners! It’s really simple to use, convenient, and more importantly – so much fun!