TripIt Launches Integration with Cornerstone Technology
New Service Provides Turnkey Itinerary, Mobile, and Networking Solution to Cornerstone Travel Agencies
San Francisco, CA and Bloomington, IN - July 28, 2010: Leading trip management service TripIt (www.tripit.com) today announced an integration with Cornerstone Information Systems (www.ciswired.com), a technology and professional services company in the travel sector. The new service gives Cornerstone enabled travel agencies a complete, multi-source trip management solution, with virtually no implementation effort.
As part of the new service, Cornerstone integrated its Web Services with TripIt's API (application programming interface), which is already being used by hundreds of third-party developers. Clients using Cornerstone's iQCX reservation management and fulfillment platform can now "flip a switch" to have their travel booking data flow seamlessly into the TripIt platform, including automatic synchronization of itinerary changes. The Cornerstone-TripIt integration is unique by providing access to all of an agency's booking data, whether booked online or offline, and regardless of the GDS or online booking tool. And the service makes TripIt the first robust trip management solution that travel agencies can deploy across their entire client base, with rapid time to market and no development required.
Three leading travel agencies are already taking advantage of the Cornerstone connector service to TripIt. TravelStore (www.travelstoreusa.com); World Travel Service (www.worldtraveltoday.com); and Casto Travel (www.casto.com), are among the first agencies to provide their clients with the award-winning TripIt service through the Cornerstone integration. By deploying TripIt, these agencies can deliver key benefits to their clients, including:
- Travel tools such as maps, weather, driving directions, calendar synch, and online check-in, all integrated with a customizable itinerary
- Mobile access to itinerary data and travel tools through TripIt's leading applications on the iPhone, Android, and BlackBerry platforms, plus m.tripit.com for any other mobile device
- Private company groups and other social features that make it easier for companies to know who is traveling and to maximize ROI of travel spend
- Access to TripIt's developer network, including applications from FlightCaster, TaxiMagic, USA Today, Lexmark, Cubetree, and others
"It's great when technology companies like Cornerstone and TripIt work together to maximize our investment and quickly bring innovation to our clients," said Wido Schaefer, CEO of TravelStore. "TripIt adds a lot of value to our client relationships, and being able to deploy it with minimal development on our part was a very attractive option."
Alex Eaton, President of World Travel Service, added "Cornerstone was an ideal way for us to provide itinerary data to TripIt on behalf of our clients. We like that the technology is flexible enough to support various booking tools and GDSs over time without us having to update our connection to TripIt."
"We've heard from many of our clients that they are interested in deploying TripIt to their client base," commented Alan Minton, Senior Vice President of Marketing for Cornerstone. "So we're delighted to be able to deliver this turnkey integration as yet another value-add to Cornerstone's iQCX customers."
"We are very happy to be working with Cornerstone to make it easy for travel agencies to provide a world-class trip management solution to their clients and travelers," said Scott Hintz, TripIt's Vice President of Business Development. "Partnering with TravelStore and World Travel Service to utilize this technology validates the value of this integration, so we look forward to working with additional Cornerstone clients in the near future."
TripIt, the trip management company, helps people organize and share their travel plans no matter where they book. Travelers simply forward their travel confirmation emails from over 1,000 sites to email@example.com. TripIt automatically creates a master itinerary that combines all their travel plans plus weather, maps, restaurants and more. With TripIt it's easy to share and collaborate on trips with friends and colleagues in social networks and over 12,000 TripIt Groups. TripIt itineraries can be accessed via online, mobile device, free Android, BlackBerry and iPhone apps, personal calendars and social networking sites including the free LinkedIn travel app. TripIt is an open itinerary platform that works with a growing ecosystem of travel and mobile partners. The TripIt Pro premium service for frequent travelers automatically monitors travel itineraries, providing mobile alerts, alternate flight options, frequent traveler point tracking and automated trip sharing. More at www.tripit.com.
Nancy Ramamurthi, TripIt
About Cornerstone Information Systems
Cornerstone is a technology and professional services company helping more than 550 travel management companies, corporate travel departments, and online travel agencies work more efficiently and more profitably. Founded in 1992, Cornerstone has specialized in creating innovative applications that automate many of the most complex and time-intensive aspects of the reservation management process. Cornerstone is a privately held company based in Bloomington, Indiana with personnel in nine locations worldwide. More information is available at www.ciswired.com.
Alan Minton, Cornerstone Information Systems