TripIt – Travel Organizer (no ads) ($1.99) by TripIt is an iPhone travel app from tripit.com. The app aims to ease your travels by automating your trip planning.
TripIt fetches confirmations from your e-mail, then builds your itinerary.
This travel companion includes two ways to add your trips.
Forward hotel, flight and other confirmation e-mails to firstname.lastname@example.org or use the powerful automated importing features that do the work for you.
The service retrieves travel plans from any Gmail or Google Apps account.
You don’t have to worry about booking with any particular company as this feature imports all your confirmations and feeds them into the TripIt itinerary builder.
The app offers useful tabs to quickly view your trips, travel accounts (points) and network.
The app is simple, yet an ideal travel companion with the relevant information it provides. The most useful aspect is easily the automation.
What I don’t like is the inability to add travel accounts or manage your network from within the app. You’ll need to visit the TripIt site to perform these tasks.
It’s important to note that TripIt offers a free version of the app with third-party ad banners.
An optional TripIt Pro subscription service (free for 30 days, $49 per year) is also available for frequent travelers. This service removes ads from the free app, offers delay and cancellation notifications, alternative flight suggestions, partner deals and frequent flyer point tracking.
If ads bug you or you’re a frequent traveler, the app is worth the $1.99 price. However, the free version offers the same features, so try it first. The simplicity and task automation makes TripIt worthy of a download.