TripIt was highly recommended to me by some of my friends.
It keeps tabs on your travels and alerts you if it doesn’t think you’ll make a connection.
The pro-version even pulls up alternative flights.
I went all in on the pro-version.
After using it for some time, I’m definitely not continuing for the following reasons:
1. It selectively imports plans
One of the options on TripIt is to have it automatically import your plans from your email. I have this set up and found 1/3 plans have successfully imported into the system, even when I try manually running a scan on the website.
It also has created plans that don’t really exist, and weirdly tries to import my boarding passes sometimes and bugs out.
2. It combines my travels with my friends
Some of my friends shared their plans with me and have similar (but not exactly the same) plans. TripIt nests my plans within their plans, creating this weird system where I keep freaking out that I missed my flight because I am looking at my friends’ plans instead of my own.
3. It doesn’t update my plans once they are in the system, even if I import an email notifying me of a change.
When I get upgraded, or when I change my flight, TripIt doesn’t take this as relevant information to attach to my trip.
This is one thing AwardWallet is really good at proactively. I usually notice that my upgrade cleared through an email from AwardWallet before I ever see the email from US Airways. And when I change my plans, AwardWallet automatically updates. It isn’t as pretty as TripIt, but it’s more effective.
The huge reason I don’t use TripIt anymore is for the reasons above, I can’t actually trust it. I’ve used memory as a huge part of my organization method for travel, and all TripIt has done is caused me to question (correct) understands of the plans I had.
If I’m taking all this time to reorganize my TripIt constantly, I may as well manually put the plans into my calendar myself and skip the middle guy.
It isn’t consistent enough to rely on completely, and it seems pointless if you can’t rely on it completely.
Anyone have good luck with using TripIt?