SOURCE: TripIt

March 04, 2008 10:00 ET

TripIt Shares Top Tips to Keep Business Travelers and Travel Organizers Better Organized

Online Travel Assistant and Social Network for Frequent Travelers Lets Road Warriors Leave Those Manila Folders Crammed With Travel Confirmations Back at the Office

SAN FRANCISCO, CA--(Marketwire - March 4, 2008) - TripIt (www.tripit.com) takes the trouble out of business travel for road warriors, travel coordinators, and office managers alike. The new business travel service at http://business.tripit.com keeps all travel plans organized, saves time, and improves team collaboration. TripIt brings real value to the business enterprise and is already being used by employees at leading companies such as Apple, Deloitte, Google, Microsoft and Yahoo!.

Like a personal concierge, TripIt instantly organizes flights, hotels, rental cars, trains, restaurant reservations, driving directions, and more -- all into one itinerary -- even when plans are booked through multiple online services and vendors. Business travelers simply forward each travel confirmation email to plans@tripit.com. TripIt then automatically analyzes the unique details from each service to build an elegant, all-inclusive master itinerary that can be accessed at a moment's notice -- from any browser on a laptop or mobile device.

TripIt also syncs travel plans with personal calendars such as Google, Outlook and Plaxo -- eliminating the need to manually enter and update trip details. Itineraries can be easily shared with business colleagues, assistants, managers, and of course family and friends. Also, newly introduced Closeness Alerts keep frequent travelers connected by notifying them if their plans overlap with colleagues.

Are you a road warrior? Here are some tips for using TripIt to help you simplify your schedule while you rack up miles:

--  Sign-up for TripIt, a free service, at http://business.tripit.com, and
    be sure to add your business email address to "My Account."
--  Invite your business colleagues as TripIt Connections so you can
    receive alerts when your plans overlap in different cites or even when
    they're in your hometown.
--  Share TripIt itineraries with your travel arranger so they have access
    to view and finalize all your travel plans.
--  Sync TripIt to your personal calendar and automatically get all your
    trip details directly where you need them.
--  Access TripIt on the road from your mobile device by emailing commands
    like "get trip" or "get hotel" to plans@tripit.com and have the information
    sent back to you.
    

Because TripIt supports many popular supplier travel sites and business services, employees can continue to follow corporate travel policies and continue to use their company's preferred travel suppliers.

Do you arrange and organize travel for other people? Here are some tips to help save time while coordinating multiple schedules:

--  Have your travelers share TripIt itineraries with you as a
    "collaborator" so you can edit and finalize their itineraries.
--  Invite all your travelers as TripIt Connections so you can see their
    travel plans on one master trip calendar.
--  Use OpenTable.com to book restaurant reservations for your travelers
    and then just forward those confirmation emails to plans@tripit.com and
    they'll automatically be included in the itinerary.
--  Use the new "Meetings" option to add client meetings directly in the
    TripIt itinerary, and include maps and driving directions as needed, along
    with the daily weather forecast.
    

More information about TripIt's services for business travelers can be found at http://business.tripit.com.

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.