Lucy in the sky Consolidate your travel plans online with TripIt

Posted by maggie.hunsucker November 20, 2008

Road warriors, listen up. When it comes to making sales calls, you only get one shot to make a good impression. This means being punctual and having your schtick together – flight times, rental car and hotel confirmations, directions, and more. We all know what it’s like when things go awry.

Let a service like TripIt help you with the details. TripIt streamlines all your travel plans into a single web-based itinerary. Simply forward your electronic travel confirmations to [email protected] – TripIt supports confirmations from over 250 major travel services, including airlines (domestic & international), hotel chains, train lines, travel agencies (AMEX, BCD, & Carlson Wagonlit), and travel sites like Expedia, Orbitz, and Travelocity. TripIt builds your itinerary as you go and even throws in helpful tidbits like local weather, driving directions, and travel guides. You can also send Tripit your business appointments, and for those who like to wine and dine their clients, restaurant reservations and event tickets.

Check out this sample TripIt itinerary:

What’s great about this service is you can access your travel plans from any computer or mobile device. The TripIt mobile interface is compatible with Apple iPhone, Palm Treo, Blackberry, and any cell phone with a web browser. You can even email basic commands like “get hotel” and the “TripIt To Me” service will send you details back.

You may recall in Now Hiring when we talked about LinkedIn's new application offering. TripIt's My Travel made the short list. This app automatically syncs with and updates your LinkedIn profile with your travel information. It even gives you contacts alerts when you are traveling in their vicinity.

TripIt boasts users from 76 of the Fortune 100 companies, including Apple, Cisco, Google, IBM, Microsoft, and Yahoo. Take a cue from the big guys. Utilize TripIt as a corporate tool and cut back on unnecessary manpower and travel-related service costs.

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