Feb 04, 2008

TripIt Simplifies Business Travel and Keeps Travelers Connected on the Road

Online travel organizer and social network for travelers now supports leading business travel agencies, corporate online booking tools, and travel reservation systems

SAN FRANCISCO, Calif. – Feb. 4, 2008 – TripIt (www.tripit.com) has launched a new business travel service at http://business.tripit.com that helps business travelers, road warriors and travel arrangers simplify and organize their business trips.

TripIt is an online travel assistant that seamlessly organizes trips including flight, hotel, car, train, restaurant, and activities -- even when booked through different online services and vendors. Business travelers simply forward their individual travel confirmation emails to plans@tripit.com and TripIt automatically builds a master online itinerary that combines all their bookings.

Like a great personal assistant, TripIt customizes each itinerary with the trip details, confirmation numbers, daily weather, local maps, driving directions, city guides, OpenTable restaurant reservations, and more. It's also easy for business travelers to add notes about client meetings.

With TripIt, there's no need for business travelers to carry around those manila folders, as all travel details are accessible from any browser or mobile phone.

Because of these benefits, the company already has business users at leading companies that include Apple, Deloitte, Google, Microsoft and Yahoo.

Travel industry analyst PhoCusWright estimates that 82 percent of all unmanaged business travel bookings will be made online in 2008, up from 68 percent in 2005. Following this trend, TripIt supports all the major online travel and business travel sites including Expedia Corporate, Orbitz for Business and Travelocity Business. TripIt also supports leading traditional travel agencies, American Express, BCD and Carlson Wagonlit, as well as the top online corporate booking tools Cliqbook, GetThere and Travelport.

TripIt can process confirmation emails that are formatted as HTML, plain text, PDF files, or include embedded links to itinerary sites such as Sabre VirtuallyThere.

Itineraries are instantly synced with business calendars, which saves time from having to manually enter and update trip details. Business travelers can also easily share itineraries with colleagues, assistants, and family to view and collaborate around each other's trip calendars. New "Closeness" alerts, notifies travelers whenever their travel plans overlap with fellow travelers while on the road or when their colleagues are near their hometown.

The much-needed service is also ideal for travel arrangers and office managers who are responsible for managing travel plans for business travelers. It saves considerable time by automatically providing neatly-formatted master itineraries which alleviates the need to copy and paste information into a separate document. TripIt also makes it easy for assistants to access traveler's latest itineraries and customize them with important information. Plus, they can automatically see a trip calendar with the location of all their associates in one place.

Because TripIt supports many popular supplier travel sites and business services, employees at large corporations can continue to follow corporate travel policies and use their company's preferred travel suppliers. They can also use TripIt to automatically organize all their travel plans in one place to improve their productivity and business travel experience.

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/.