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Top travel apps
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Google Trips

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Trip It

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Check my Trip

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iTunes: 4.3/5
PlayStore: 4.1/5

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iTunes: 4.5/5
PlayStore: 4.4/5

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Sam ticks all the 'basic features' boxes, including the (free) travel alerts, but it presents the info in form of messages from Sam, your personal assistant, so it has more of a personal touch. All the data is simultaneously organised in a more 'classic' itinerary view.

You can add different types of reservations - flights, hotels, events - that are organised and displayed in one continuous timeline (the rest of the apps break down the timelines in individual trips)

Supported
reservation

Flight, Train, Car rental, Transfer, Hotel & other accommodations, Events (activities, meetings, restaurants)

Recommended
app for

Frequent travelers who like to have all the relevant info in one place, including reminders and alerts.

Lovers of minimal design and a touch of color.

Minus (-): It lacks some of the more advanced Trip It Pro features like the Point Tracker and things like seat and airport maps (available in both Check my Trip and TripCase)

Plus (+): Free travel notifications. Easy to retrieve boarding pass.

Premium version? No

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iTunes: 4.3/5
PlayStore: 4.1/5

Google Trips

iTunes: 4.3/5
PlayStore: 4.1/5

Google Trips

Is there something Google doesn't do? Although it shares many characteristics with the rest of the apps in the list, the main difference is that Google Trips doesn't sent alerts. You can add a flight reservation and (manually) see the terminal, gate and all the important info. But if you need timely notifications, it's not the app for you.

Where it excels, on the other hand, is the trip activities planning. Each trip can be individually downloaded for offline access to each of its sections, like things to do, day plans, food and drinks or getting around tips.

Supported
reservation

Flight, Hotel, Train, Bus, Car rental, Restaurant, Note

Recommended
app for

Users who don't need travel status alerts.

Leisure travelers.

Minus (-): You can't forward individual reservations: you either connect your whole inbox or add a reservation manually.

Plus (+): Trips can be individually downloaded for offline access. With the amount of info it has, you can leave your heavy travel guide at home.

Premium version? No

iTunes: 4.8/5
PlayStore: 4.4/5

Trip It

iTunes: 4.8/5
PlayStore: 4.4/5

Trip It

After more than a decade around, TripIt has become a synonym for “trip planner”. It has all the basic features you would expect from this kind of app: you can either forward reservations or connect your whole inbox, add new reservations manually and check information like departure and arrival times or flight status.

It's biggest con: all the alerts are a Pro feature, which costs 49$ a year.

Supported
reservation

Flight, Car rental, Rail Cruise, Lodging, Meeting, Activity, Restaurant, Parking, Map, Directions, Note

Recommended
app for

Road warriors (Pro plan. Otherwise, there are better options out there)

Users who want a no fuss app that delivers

Minus (-): The free version doesn't include alerts

Plus (+): Interesting Premium features available, like 'go now' alerts or alternate flights tracker

Premium version? Yes, 49$ a year

iTunes: 3.4/5
PlayStore: 4.3/5

Trip Case

iTunes: 3.4/5
PlayStore: 4.3/5

Trip Case

Trip Case is in many ways similar to TripIt, with two major differences a) It doesn't have an inbox connect (you will have to forward reservations individually to trips@tripcase.com, or add them via form) b) It's free, including all the travel alerts. So if cost is a big factor for you, this may a be a better option than TripIt. It's not super innovative neither in design nor in features, but it does the job. 

Two features that I do love are the seat availability and the airport map. Also, it's the only app that lets you switch between the timeline and carousel view for your reservations.

Supported
reservation

Flight, Lodging, Car rental, Ground transportation, Activity, Meeting, Restaurant, Attraction, Cruise, Ferry, Rail

Recommended
app for

Users who want real time travel notifications and don't want to pay for a Premium plan.

Minus (-): There isn't an easy way to add other documents to your reservations: if you forward a reservation with an attached document, it will appear in the (generic) "Documents" tab, but that's the only way. That also means no easy way to add a boarding pass

Plus (+): Notifications usually arrive on time and are free. Two visualisation modes for the itinerary screen.

Premium version? No

iTunes: 4.3/5
PlayStore: 4.2/5

App in the Air

iTunes: 4.3/5
PlayStore: 4.2/5

App in the Air

A newcomer to the list, App in the Air focus is (as the name suggests) flights. Actually, it doesn't allow for any other kind of reservation (except for a very hidden car rental and hotel, but they must be attached to an existing flight). That leaves room for quite a lot of airport related info, which is organized in "widgets". Widgets are the individual pieces of information - for instance, "Baggage" or "Aircraft" - which can be activated or deactivated for all flights. 

It's similar to TripIt in that it charges for all notifications and includes some extra features in the Pro plan.

Supported
reservation

Flight, and inside a flight in form of widgets (must be attached to a flight): Car rental and Hotel

Recommended
app for

Frequent (air) travelers who don't need keeping track of other types of reservations

Minus (-): General lack of information before security sensitive steps (ie: adding an expense prompts a screen asking to select a bank). You can't forward individual reservations and have to connect the whole inbox (the same as Google Trips).

Plus (+): if you are willing to pay to the Premium plan, the flight alerts.

Premium version?: Yes, 29.99$ a year or $4.99 a month

iTunes: 4.6/5
PlayStore: 4.2/5

Check my Trip

iTunes: 4.6/5
PlayStore: 4.2/5

Check my trip

Check my Trip covers most of the basics, although it doesn't allow you to connect your inbox. The interface is clean from the "My trips" point of view (actually, I think it's one of my favorites from the list), but it gets confusing if you have too many things inside one trip: the separation is not clear and you have to scroll a lot. 

It also includes quite a lot of complementary features like Discover, Taxi, Parking or activities. The is an available seats map, although it's quite hidden inside the flight screen.

Supported
reservation

Flight, Hotel, Vehicle, Train, Meeting, Activity

Recommended
app for

Travelers without a lot of different items / reservations inside one trip.

Users who either travel by car or have to rely often on taxis.

Minus (-): The complementary features, although nice, feel kind of detached from everything else. More like a collection of different websites than one single app. Changes are not always sent as a push notification.

Plus (+): Clean interface if you don't have too many reservations at once.

Premium version? No

Features
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Features

Sam :]

Google Trips

TripIt

Trip Case

App in the Air

Check my Trip

Automatic trip import
Forward individual reservations
Manually add trips
Share trip details
Calendar sync
Attach files
Web access
See past trips
Travel alerts
Check-in reminders
See layover time
Pick-up baggage info
Seat availability map
Airport map
Automatic check-in
Uber, Lyft, etc. integration
Alternate flight tracker

Travel alerts
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Features

Sam :]

Google Trips

TripIt

Trip Case

App in the Air

Check my Trip

Flight status
Check-in Reminders
Terminal and
gate changes
Weather forecast
Traffic estimation
Refund alerts
Pick up baggage info
When to leave
Restaurant tip
Seat availability
Expiring points and miles
Airport security waiting time

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Features
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Features
Log in with social accounts
Automatic import
Forward individual reservations
Manually add trips
Share trip details
Calendar sync
Attach other files
Web access
See past trips
Travel Alerts
Check-in Reminders
Shows layover time
Pickup baggage info
Seat availability map
Airport map
City guides / Activities
Automatic check-in
Door 2 door integrations (taxi,Uber, Lyft, etc...)
Alternate flights tracker

Sam :]

Google Trips

Trip It

Trip Case

App in the Air

Check my Trip

Features
Log in with social accounts
Boarding pass
Automatic import
Forward individual reservations
Manually
add trips
Share trip details
Calendar sync
Attach other files
Web access
See past trips
Notifications
Check-in Reminders
Follow other trips (family / friends)
Shows
layover time
Pickup
baggage info
Seat
availability map
Airport map
City guides / Activities
Book trips (flights or hotels)
Cancel/change trips
Contact
travel agent
Travel arrangers
Automatic check-in
Door 2 door integrations (taxi,Uber, Lyft, etc...)
Alternate
flights tracker

Sam :]

Google Trips

Trip It

Trip Case

App in the Air

Check my Trip

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