Sep 22, 2010

TripIt Pro Premium Travel Service Now Literally Pays for Itself

Tracks for Airfare Refunds, Offers Valuable Travel Benefits, and Lowers Price

San Francisco, CA – September 22, 2010 – Today, TripIt announced new improvements in its TripIt Pro premium service that make it even better at helping travelers transform travel chaos into order. TripIt Pro works like a “personal travel assistant” that constantly watches out for you to save time, money, and headaches while on the road.

“We’re excited to add even more value to TripIt Pro, a service many travelers have already called ‘invaluable’,” said Gregg Brockway, TripIt co-founder and president. “In particular, consumer response to TripIt Pro’s new feature that tracks for airfare refunds has been amazing, with many stating TripIt Pro has already paid for itself at least once, if not many times over.”

New improvements to TripIt Pro include:

  • Tracking for airfare refunds. TripIt Pro members are alerted by email and text message when they may be eligible for an airline credit or voucher.  Any eligible flight within TripIt Pro is automatically monitored for post-purchase price drops.  Consumers simply contact the airline via phone to obtain their credit, armed with the information TripIt Pro provides.

In just hours after beta launch, hundreds of travelers were alerted about potential refunds and many happy people got money back.  On average, 1 in 15 flights TripIt tracks were eligible for an airline credit ranging from $20 to $300+, with an average of about $40. (Net of airline change fees.)

  • Complimentary one-year membership to the Hertz #1 Club Gold (value $60).  #1 Club Gold membership allows busy travelers to take advantage of greater speed and expedited service when renting a car from Hertz at over 1,100 locations.  Hertz is also providing special members-only discounted rates to TripIt Pro members
  • Complimentary one-year membership for Regus Businessworld Gold (value $600).  Provides access to over 1,100 business lounges in 500 cities worldwide to provide members with office space, free wifi, and optional support services to stay productive while on the road.
  • Now more affordable for all types of travelers at $49/year – about the same price you pay to check in two bags on a single flight.

TripIt Pro has all the benefits of TripIt for organizing your travel plans, plus a suite of features that keep travelers in the know while on the road.   It automatically notifies travelers via text or email when there is a flight delay, cancellation or gate change.  If there is a need to reschedule, TripIt Pro finds alternate flights, including flight status and open seats.  It tracks frequent traveler points all in one place and allows travelers to designate an inner circle of people with whom to share all their trips. TripIt Pro features are available in TripIt’s free travel apps for iPhone, Android and BlackBerry, as well as on the website and the mobile site, m.tripit.com

Here is what some TripIt Pro subscribers are saying about the new feature that tracks flights for airfare refunds:

“I’ve had TripIt Pro for about two days.  The fare-monitoring feature has already earned me a total of $340 in a refund that I never would have sought without the TripIt notification.  At the current annual cost of TripIt Pro, I’ve paid for almost seven years of service.  Not bad, huh?”  Gary H., Minneapolis, Minn.

“Awesome - I wouldn't have ever thought to check without TripIt emailing me! Just saved over $80 on our trip!”  Leigh B.,  Austin, Texas

“On one transaction I saved the more than the cost of TripIt for a year.”   Tom H., Sonoma, Calif.

For more information about TripIt Pro, visit http://www.tripit.com/pro.

About TripIt

TripIt, the mobile travel 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.