There are a lot of new technology tools for travelers that I come across in various forums and articles. Two free ones I’ve become a big fan of recently are AwardWallet and Tripit. Unlike most tools which seem cool in concept but which I never end up actually using, AwardWallet and Tripit actually do make my life easier. This is not about peer to peer services, but frugal travelers often end up with a lot of information and plans to keep track of, so today’s post is about some tools that help with this.
The first is AwardWallet, a website that tracks all of your miles and points program balances in one place in real time. It’s important to track this stuff if you are playing the credit card game to fly for free and get free hotel stays.
For new users of AwardWallet, you can use this link to sign up and the first 10 people can get a free upgrade to your account using this code: free-hnifye.
The second tool is TripIt. This website and phone app collects all of your travel plans into one place, building easy-to-view itineraries which can also be shared with other people on your trips. You simply forward the confirmation emails you get from airlines and hotels to an address they provide, and Tripit parses the information in these confirmations. It’s remarkable how accurate they are with most major airlines and hotels. With hostels and other non-standard emails you can enter the information into your itinerary manually. If you move around a lot when traveling, this is a super useful way to view your whole itinerary in one place, keep track of confirmation numbers, addresses, directions, and other essential info, and view it all offline on your phone whenever you need to reference something.
What tools do you use? Share your tips with my readers in the comments.