Aug 04, 2010

TripIt Offers New Way for Companies to Help Traveling Employees

"TripIt for Business" Offers Innovative Travel Management Tools to Increase Productivity and Ease Business Travelers' Lives

SAN FRANCISCO, CA - August 4, 2010 - TripIt, the trip management company, today makes available for purchase "TripIt for Business," a suite of tools that gives companies more visibility into employee travel and provides business travelers a smoother, more productive travel experience. TripIt for Business includes a private company network with group controls and a special rate on TripIt Pro, a premium service that keeps frequent travelers in control, in the know and in the loop while on the road.

"We're excited to respond to market demand for a simple, affordable, and easy-to-deploy solution that helps employees get the most out of their business travel," says Scott Hintz, TripIt co-founder and VP Business Development. "Millions of individual travelers already know TripIt as the best way to easily organize and share their travel plans. It's a natural evolution to offer our services directly to companies."

One of TripIt's first business customers is Harman International, a global audio and infotainment group recognized for its leadership and innovation. Sally Abella, Director of Corporate Global Travel at Harman International, comments: "We are reaching out to a younger generation of business travelers who are accustomed to using software applications for almost every aspect of their daily lives. TripIt has been a wonderful way to give our travelers the mobile and social travel tools they want, making them more productive, while still allowing us to run our existing managed travel program."

TripIt for Business includes:

  • A private company network where current and upcoming employee travel plans are visible, making it simple to keep track of locations and coordinate schedules. It’s easy to create and manage an unlimited number of groups within a network, too.
  • TripIt Pro memberships at a special rate. TripIt Pro "auto-magically" creates and monitors a master trip itinerary and alerts travelers when there is a flight delay, cancellation or gate change. If travelers need to reschedule, they can find alternate flights, including flight status and open seats. They can also track all of their frequent travel points in one place and designate an inner circle of people with whom to share all their trips. TripIt Pro is normally offered at $69/year per individual.
  • Robust mobile capabilities. A traveler can access their TripIt Pro account using free apps for iPhone, Android, and Blackberry, or on any web-enabled mobile phone using m.tripit.com. TripIt Mobile for BlackBerry Enterprise Server also makes it easy for companies to install TripIt for multiple travelers using BlackBerry devices.

TripIt for Business starts at $399/year. More information at www.tripit.com/business

TripIt was recently recognized by business travelers who voted to award TripIt the most "Outstanding App" in the first ever Business Traveler Innovation Awards (2010), hosted by the National Business Travel Association (NBTA) and the Wall Street Journal.

About TripIt

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 plans@tripit.com. TripIt automatically creates a master itinerary that combines all their travel plans plus maps, directions and more. With TripIt it’s easy to share and collaborate on trips with friends and colleagues using social networks or TripIt Groups. TripIt itineraries can be accessed online, via mobile device using free Android, BlackBerry and iPhone apps, or m.tripit.com. TripIt is an open itinerary platform that works with a growing eco-system of travel and mobile partners. 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.