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TripIt Travel Organizer

TripIt is an organizing app that can turn your confirmation emails for flights, hotels or rental cars into a handy organized format by date. It then adds details such as layover times for multi-leg flights, directions from airport to hotel, your hotel on a map, weather forecasts for your destination and more. The Android app lets you look at past trips, while the iOS app displays current and futures trips only.

What’s nice about TripIt is that you simply forward your confirmation emails to the app and information is automatically pulled out of the messages and entered in TripIt’s useful format. What’s less nice is that if the data doesn’t come from one of the thousand or so major chains that TripIt understands, those emails aren’t going to be properly parsed. You can add information manually into either your app or via the main TripIt website — simple hotel reservations are fairly easy to input; adding events to attend can be somewhat more cumbersome.

TripIt Pro offers flight delay alerts, help finding alternate flights if yours is canceled, frequent-travel-program point tracking, auto sharing and refund notification if your airfare becomes eligible. You can share trip details with other TripIt members using a free account, although you’ll be prodded to sign up for Pro.

If you use multiple platforms, additions and changes made in your TripIt account on one device are synced everywhere. And mobile apps don’t need to be connected to the Internet to view the information — just update and sync ahead of time.

Bottom line

If you plan your own travel and don’t enjoy keeping track of multiple confirmation emails for a trip, TripIt can be a useful assistant.