TripCase: Make Managing Travel Plans Easier
When it comes to managing all of our data for traveling, My Person and I love the app TripCase, available for free for both iOS and Android devices.
Signing up is easy. All they require is your name, an email address, and a password.
You send your confirmation emails for reservations for airlines, hotels, and car rentals to firstname.lastname@example.org. Do give them some time to upload the data. It usually takes an hour. Sometimes less. Sometimes more.
Then you can set a calendar, like iCal, Google, or Outlook, to subscribe to Tripcase. Subscribing is great because any changes in your itinerary will get pushed out to your calendar as well. No need for you to do anything.
You can manually change details. Like a hotel check-in or check-out time. If the confirmation email lists a hotel check-in at 3pm, that's what TripCase will enter. I can edit that time to reflect my true plan.
Then you can choose whether you like the Timeline or Action View. Either way, TripCase strips the unnecessary and distracting information from those confirmation emails and presents you with a streamlined view of pertinent dates and times. In a logical order of your choice!
The screen shot on the left is the Timeline View of my trip last summer to the Phoenix Comicon. The screen shot on the right is the Action View.
The menu layout makes toggling between the Timeline and Action Views easy. You can also access the latest weather, maps, and contact phone numbers from the menu.
Contact numbers doesn't seem like a big deal until you need the number and can't easily find it. For instance, having contact information for a bed & breakfast stay could be quite handy. I don't want to search my email for the number of a B&B just because my flight keeps getting delayed, and I want to notify the owner. Having all of my trip information in one place just makes sense to me.
TripCase will alert you that check-in for flights is available. The app will direct you to the airlines website to complete the check-in process. TripCase does not store your boarding pass. You still need Passbook or similar for storing boarding passes.
As you travel, you get push notifications alerting you to delays in flight times, or gate changes. You can adjust those push notifications to your comfort level. Sometimes TripCase gets the notifications out earlier than the airline. Other times the airline gets the jump on TripCase. My Person likes getting any and all of the notifications. He doesn't care who alerts us first; he just likes knowing.
Sharing trips is simple too. Just click the Share option from the trip menu and enter an email. TripCase sends them a lovely summary of your itinerary in Timeline View. Very easy to read.
One tip: TripCase does not confirm with you, the owner of the trip, that the email has been sent to the follower of the trip. So if you keep entering the email expecting a confirmation, the person will get multiple emails...which can be fun.
Finally, TripCase has fantastic support on their website. They have videos that help explain how to set up an account, how to use TripCase as you travel, and what the newest features are. Then they also have a comprehensive FAQ page. They make it easy to figure out how to best use their app.