The 8th app of Christmas Jason Hiner gave to you is a handy app called TripIt.

In the spirit of the holidays, we thought we’d create a smartphone series based on a popular Christmas song. The 12 Days of Christmas starts on Christmas Day, but our 12 Apps of Christmas begins today, and we’ll continue to post one app per day, leading all the way up to the holiday. However you celebrate this season, and whatever device you own (or platform that it runs on), we hope that you find some gems over the next 12 days — as these are the apps that the TechRepublic’s editorial staff and bloggers actually use and feel passionate enough to write about. Here’s what Jason Hiner had to say about one of his favorite apps called TripIt.

I love Tripit. This free app is available for the iPhone, Android, BlackBerry, and Windows Phone 7 — and it’s by far the best
app I’ve found for keeping track of travel itineraries (Figure A).

Figure A



TripIt itinerary. 

TripIt is powered by some
excellent backend systems. You simply forward your confirmation emails to (or use the Gmail plugin to
do it automatically) for your flights, hotels, rental cars, and more and it
automatically organizes them into trips (Figure B).

Figure B



Upcoming Trips.

The TripIt app is one of the most useful travel tools that I’ve used, as it stores all of your flight details and confirmation
numbers (Figure C) so that you have that information right at your fingertips.

Figure C



TripIt stores your confirmation numbers.

Do you also love TripIt, or do you prefer a different app to help organize your travel plans? Share your opinion in the discussion thread below.

TechRepublic’s 12 Apps of Christmas