We’ve orbited past the summer solstice, which means:
A. The sizzling hot days of summer are upon us
B. School’s out and summer vacations are in
C. Business travelers are bracing for the annual influx at the airport
D. All of the above
The correct answer is D—but savvy summer travelers already knew that. They also know that TripIt helps them stay organized, prepared, and productive during the busiest time of year to travel. Not quite sure how to make TripIt work for you? Whether you’re traveling with the kids, heading out solo, or blending a business trip with a few days of play, we’re dishing the best ways to leverage TripIt to make the most of your summer travel plans.
Fun in the sun vacations often mean getting everyone together. But coordinating your crew—grandparents, kids, friends, friends of friends—can mean extra stress for the self-appointed trip planner. Thankfully, TripIt Pro’s Inner Circle feature allows you to share your travel plans with anyone you’d like. That means, every generation can easily view the flight plans, accommodation details, and more, right in the app. And, since the ability to edit your Inner Circle can be done from the Pro hub, you can add any last-minute guests to your plans, too.
“My family lives all over the country and when we plan our summer vacations, there are often multiple arrivals and departures to coordinate. I load everything in to TripIt so that everyone can see when everyone else is arriving and leaving. I love that the app allows me to categorize plans – which helps me get a big picture of what we are doing each day. It’s especially helpful that I can share the activities and travel plans with the entire family so that they know what we are doing as a family and when they can coordinate activities on their own.” – Sue H., TripIt Pro user
Staying in the know—before and as you go
TripIt supplies you with the tools you need to navigate the summer crowds at the airport. With Airport Security Wait Time, you’ll know ahead of arriving at the airport which security line is fastest. Once you’re through security, TripIt helps you stay informed of any changes to your flight plans. Gate changes? TripIt Pro sends you a notification with your new gate info. Flight gets delayed? Flight Alerts is there to notify you immediately—and often before the airline does. Plus, with Interactive Airport Maps, you’ll easily find the nearest restaurant to grab a bite before your flight or an airport lounge to relax in during a delay.
“I’m what many may call an “overplanner”—especially when it comes to the transportation side of travel. I got that from my sister, who’s a flight attendant! So getting TripIt’s real-time alerts about flight changes keeps me from having to obsessively see if there’s a delay, gate change, etc.” – Spencer Spellman, Writer and Photographer at Whiskey Tango Globetrot
Working from the air
To some, summer travel means flexible work arrangements: working from home, working from your vacation rental, working from the plane, etc. And while TripIt can’t help you manage your work/life balance—here are some apps to help with that!—it can help business travelers get work done on the plane. To start, Pro users are probably familiar with Seat Tracker, the handy feature that tracks and notifies travelers when their seat preference becomes available on an upcoming flight. Never again will you be cramped in the middle seat, with both of your armrests spoken for—trying to plug away at your laptop—while a coveted window seat goes unclaimed.
Need a little extra space to get work done during your flight? With Points Tracker, Pro users can keep track of all of their loyalty points and miles right in the TripIt app. That way, you’re just a few taps away from knowing if you have enough miles for an upgrade. Business class seat, here you come.
“I know that there are so many things I have to coordinate and organize for summer travels. Having TripIt means one less thing to check because the app does it all for me.” – Spencer Spellman
Summer travel itineraries made easy
All TripIt users can forward their summer travel plans to TripIt to create streamlined, personalized itineraries. That includes flights, hotels, vacation rentals, rental cars, even dinner reservations. All your travel plans in one easy-to-access place? Goodbye stress, hello sundress.
“I love TripIt because it helps me keep organized, especially since I book from numerous websites and apps at different times for the same trip.” – Johnny Jet, JohnnyJet.com
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