October 10, 2008

Tripit – Your Personal Travel Assistant


Everyone could use a personal assistant when they travel and that’s just what Tripit provides. When you book a trip, we traditionally get confirmation emails from the airlines, hotels, and car rental agencies but there hasn’t been a single a place to manage these until now. Tripit is so simple to use that you don’t even have to sign up to start using it. Just forward your confirmation emails to the Tripit email address and it does the rest, creating an account for you as it goes.

Once you have sent the emails, Tripit combines them within seconds into a single itinerary, called a Trip Plan, that you can then browse or share with others. It’s a calendar-based interface that brings together the details for each day of your trip, and adds maps, directions, weather reports and tips that relate to your trip. Additionally, Tripit enables you to book other activities such as theater trips and restaurants without leaving the site.

Practical Uses

  • Share your full itinerary with friends or family so they know where to reach you every day
  • Put an end to losing pieces of paper with the confirmation emails you need; it’s all online
  • Organize business trips as most corporate travel agencies are supported
  • Add your trip calendar to Outlook or Google Calendar so you never forget your itinerary again

Insider Tips

  • Use the TripClipper when you find useful information about a place you plan to visit (this will let you save it to be added to an itinerary later)
  • Enable the privacy features to select who can see the full details of your planned trip (viewers can see the plan, while collaborators can add information)
  • Fill out your Tripit profile to participate in the social side of the site as you can decide which parts of your profile can be seen publicly

What We Liked

  • You can access your travel plans from anywhere, either from a single page online or from a mobile device
  • Tripit works almost instantly and the additional services it offers are really useful
  • Tripit supports more than 250 sites including airline, hotels, rail, rental car, restaurant and other travel industry sites

What We Didn’t Like

  • Occasionally, itinerary information is filed in the wrong place. If this happens, you have to change it manually
  • There are still some sites that aren’t supported, though the list is growing all the time


Company Info

  • Launched: October 2006
  • Privately Held
  • Headquarters: Sanf Francisco, CA
  • Founded by: Greg Brockway, Scott Hintz
  • Website:


  • Free (earns money from online bookings)


  • 4 out of 5 (great)


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