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If you want your trip details like confirmation numbers and car rental information all in one place, you’ll love this travel app!
I’ll share my review of the TripCase app. And why it could be valuable to you!
How to Use the TripCase App
Link: TripCase for iOS
Link: TripCase for Android
TripCase can help you with flight delays, book ground transportation, and suggest nearby activities.
Here’s how to get started with the app!
1. Sign-In to TripCase
Use your Facebook or Gmail account to sign-in to the app. Or, you can make a TripCase account.
You’ll immediately have full access to the app!
2. Add a Trip
The app will be empty when you open it the first time. You’ll have the option to add a “New Trip” or “Manage Trips” already in the app.
You can delete or merge multiple itineraries into one trip by clicking “Manage Trips“.
3. Add a Travel Itinerary
You can add your travel details to the app in 2 ways:
- Forward the confirmation email of your flight, hotel, car, etc. to firstname.lastname@example.org. TripCase will extract your travel dates, times, and everything else!
- Manually enter them (yuck!)
4. Get Notifications
If you forward your confirmation emails to TripCase, you’ll receive a notification when it’s been imported (it usually takes less than a minute).
You can find your trip details in the app. And you’ll receive notifications for flight delays or gate changes.
5. Look at Your Trip Collection
From the home screen, you can see your “Active” trips, as well as your “Past” trips.
You can even view trips from other folks! If a friend or family member sends you their itinerary, you can stay up-to-date with their plans, including itinerary changes like flight delays.
This can be helpful to parents with traveling children, or a friend picking you up at the airport. The app will automatically notify them of the schedule changes, so you don’t have to!
6. View the Tripfeed
Click the trip you want to view from the home page, and you’ll be taken to the “Tripfeed“.
You’ll get helpful messages, along with tips about specific segments of your trip, like online check-in and airline policies.
It can even give you options like hailing an Uber or reserving a parking space at the airport!
7. Swipe for More Info
The “Tripfeed” has 4 screens. Swipe right for maps and hotel info. Swipe right again for popular activities nearby. And again for your hotel checkout time.
TripCase has preferred partners, including:
- Blue Ribbon Bags
- Viator – Suggests local activities based on your destination. It can even get you behind-the-scenes tours
- LoungeBuddy – Gives details like specific airport lounge locations, cost, and featured amenities
- OneSim Card – International mobile service that can save you ~85% when using a cell phone or other mobile device internationally
You’ll get suggestions and tips from these partners in your “Tripfeed.”
8. Click the Menu at the Top Left
Press the 3 horizontal lines at the top left corner for a “Timeline View” of your trip.
You can also manually add details, edit trip information, even get a 10-day forecast at your destination.
9. View Your Travel Plans in Chronological Order
Press “Timeline View” to see your entire trip in an easy-to-read list. You’ll see your departure and arrival times, check-in and check-out times, and car rental reservations.
10. Remember Your Favorite Places
There is an ever-present “+” button at the bottom right of the app. With this button, you can add trip details, notes, and locations.
If you find a spot you enjoy, just press “Remember my current location” and the app will save the area to your map!
11. Add an Item to Your Trip
Press “Add an Item” to open a list of activities. Select the appropriate activity you’re trying to add, and fill-in the details (flight numbers, restaurant reservations, etc.).
What I Don’t Like About TripCase
TripCase is a helpful app for consolidating your travel details! But there are some ways it can improve.
1. Repetition in the Menus
There are multiple ways to get to the same place inside the app. For example, there are 3 different buttons to add an item to your itinerary. The user interface could be simplified if they cut out all the duplicate shortcuts.
2. No Auto-Import for Past Itineraries
If you want to import your previous adventures, you’ll have to do it manually. The app will not scan your inbox to find your old itineraries.
3. App Fails to Import Confirmation Numbers
This isn’t a huge deal, but the app doesn’t find confirmation numbers for hotels and car rentals.
While you rarely need to provide a confirmation number at the desk, it’s still nice to have at a glance. You’ll have to enter it yourself if you want it in the app.
How Does It Compare to Similar Apps?
There are other apps like TripCase. The most popular are:
However, you have to pay $49 per year for the full benefits of the app.
2. Google Trips
I haven’t used Google Trips much, but I’ve heard excellent things!
When you download the app and attach your email address, your previous trips will instantly show in the app. It’s a very clean and easy-to-read user interface.
Also, next to each destination you can download an offline map of the area. So you’ll never get lost, even if you have no internet!
This app competes with Google Trips and TripIt. And while TripIt offers more features, it also costs money to access many of them. With the TripCase app, you’ll receive real-time flight alerts for free. That’s something TripIt charges for!
If you’re looking for a free app to help organize your travel, this is one of the best out there!