SOURCE: TripIt

December 19, 2007 09:01 ET

TripIt Eases Frustration During the Holiday Travel Season

Millions of People Will Take to Planes, Trains and Automobiles This Holiday Season and TripIt Looks to Make Life a Little Easier for Travelers Along the Way

SAN FRANCISCO, CA--(Marketwire - December 19, 2007) - TripIt (www.tripit.com) is helping travelers stay in a festive mood this holiday season by helping organize their travel plans.

Just over half of all travel is booked online with many people using multiple websites to book their flight, hotel, rental car, train and activities. While travelers are finding great deals online, the savings comes at the price of having lots of travel confirmations and details that can be challenging to manage and also to communicate to family and friends.

Enter TripIt, a new online travel assistant that simplifies online travel. With almost no effort required from travelers, this much-needed service intelligently organizes trip details no matter where they were booked, and creates a single, combined itinerary that can be easily shared with fellow travelers, friends and family members -- even in-laws if you wish.

Once a trip is booked anywhere, a traveler simply forwards their confirmation emails to: plans@tripit.com. TripIt then automatically emails back a link to view and print the master itinerary online, along with creating a new (and free) account if that's the first time they're using the service.

TripIt also automatically combines related travel bookings into a single master itinerary with everything they need. Each personalized itinerary features the trip details, confirmation numbers, daily weather, local maps, city guides, OpenTable restaurant reservations and more.

TripIt recently announced that it can now sync detailed itineraries with any personal calendar that supports iCal, including Google Calendar, Outlook 2007, Plaxo, and others. This timesaving feature eliminates the need for travelers to manually update their calendars with important travel details, and keeps everything up to date, even if their plans change.

Holiday travel is all about seeing friends, family and loved ones -- as painlessly as possible. So, here are some tips to make your trip easier and to help keep everyone in a festive mood as they hit the road:

--  Double-check that you've booked everything you need (airline, hotel,
    rental car, etc.) and you can either print all of those confirmations or
    simply forward them to plans@tripit.com. Then you can just use the
    information in your TripIt Itinerary to quickly check on everything --
    click-thru to SeatGuru to find the best seats on your flight, check-in for
    your flight online, or contact your hotel and rental car providers.
    
--  Plan ahead and add local maps and driving directions you'll need for
    your trip, to relatives, parties, sites, restaurants and more. And services
    like OpenTable.com are a great way to quickly reserve a table at a favorite
    restaurant over the holidays.
    
--  Share your travel plans with your friends and family so they have all
    your travel info in one place. And if you're traveling with a group, and
    using TripIt, then invite the other travelers to collaborate on your
    itinerary, so that everyone can add maps, notes and even restaurant
    reservations to the same itinerary.
    
--  The biggest bottleneck at most airports over the holidays is the
    security lines. Be sure to give yourself some extra time and consider
    checking most of your carry-on bags. And if you're traveling with gifts,
    leave them unwrapped in case your bags are searched, and plan ahead to
    check any liquid gifts like wine or spirits.
    
--  Finally, with TripIt you can leave that manila travel folder at home,
    and just print your master TripIt itinerary, or if you're traveling with a
    laptop or mobile device with email access, you can use "TripIt To Me" to
    get your itinerary details sent to you. Just email a command such as "get
    flight today" to plans@tripit.com and you'll receive an email with your
    trip details.
    

About TripIt

Launched in September 2007, TripIt is an online personal travel assistant that automatically organizes all travel plans. The company was co-founded by Gregg Brockway, co-founder of Hotwire and former president of Expedia's luxury travel company Classic Vacations, Inc. More can be found online at http://www.tripit.com.

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