Travelers: TripIt replacement app My Trips lands on Windows Phone 8
While Windows Phone does have an official TripIt app (www.tripit.com), the popular travel organizer service yields some harsh reviews from users. Indeed, the app has always been “meh” in our opinion meaning when it worked, it was just an okay experience.
But we’re champions of the indie dev here at Windows Phone Central and My Trips has always filled the TripIt-gap on our platform. The app runs for $1.99 (with a free trial) but if you use TripIt and travel more than twice a year, then it’s a no-brainer to purchase.
Version 5.0 just landed on the Store and it’s been updated for Windows Phone 8. As far as we can tell, that means the code has been updated to take advantage of the new kernel, making the app more responsive and faster to use. From our experience, that seems to be the case.
Unfortunately, things like a doublewide tile, Lockscreen notifications or wallpaper support have not yet been added. But we imagine with the app being re-coded, such obvious features will come in future updates. For now, you can use the recently updated Flight Factory for extra info you may need.
Regardless, My Trips does support pinning of individual trips to your Start screen for quick access, push notifications, Live Tile support and it’s all laid out in a very Modern UI kind of way.
Being able to see your flight, hotel and car rental status and booking in all one place is hugely advantageous to reducing your stress levels while on the go. If you haven’t tried TripIt yet, you should and once you do so, pic up My Trips for Windows Phone 8. The developer has also regularly updated the app, which keeps us happy.
My Trips, with a free trial, can be found here in the Windows Phone Store. (v5.0 for Windows Phone 8; v4.9 for Windows Phone 7.x). Highly Recommended.
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Daniel Rubino is the Editor-in-chief of Windows Central, head reviewer, podcast co-host, and analyst. He has been covering Microsoft since 2007 when this site was called WMExperts (and later Windows Phone Central). His interests include Windows, laptops, next-gen computing, and for some reason, watches. Before all this tech stuff, he worked on a Ph.D. in linguistics, watched people sleep (for medical purposes!), and ran the projectors at movie theaters because it was fun.
This app saved me before because I had some time zone confusion and suddenly noticed when I woke up that my flight was one hour earlier than I thought (thanks to the Live tile information). Never crossed Sofia, Bulgaria, faster than that morning, and the taxi driver got a nice tip. Another time it saved me by informing me (again through the live tile) that my planned flight was delayed and I would miss my connection in Wash DC. This allowed me to call the airline before everyone else, and to book myself another flight. Fantastic service of Tripit Pro, and fantastic UX of MyTrips :)