Signing up for free travel planner TripIt has a magic feeling to it, as the service instantly understands and organises your flight, car rental and hotel confirmation emails. Now TripIt can monitor your Gmail and automatically compile itinerary information for upcoming trips.
That's right — TripIt will check your incoming email for messages from JetBlue, Expedia, Hertz, Marriott and other common travel services and automatically import their details into a TripIt itinerary for you. If you're not familiar with TripIt, recently assigned to our list of the best iPhone apps, it's a one-stop app for travel convenience. You get online check-in links, the weather at your destination, traffic advisories, a planned route from airport to hotel — the whole shebang.
Of course, the idea of a service having access to your inbox is a bit off-putting to many. Here's how TripIt explains their access, and why you should trust them:
First, you establish a link between TripIt and Gmail. That link is built on OAuth, a secure protocol that lets you grant services like TripIt access to your Gmail without ever revealing your Gmail password to us. It also means that you can turn it off easily, either from TripIt or Gmail's account settings.
... It bears mentioning that TripIt is proud to be TrustE certified. We built auto-import using the same best practices with which we've built the rest of TripIt.
TripIt's a free service, with some value-added features available for premium subscribers. The auto-monitor feature works for Gmail and Google Apps accounts at the moment, but TripIt says more email services will be covered in the future.