TripIt and Gmail, Sittin' in a Tree, S-H-A-R-I-N-G (Your Travel Plans)

Last Updated Aug 11, 2010 8:26 PM EDT

Travel-management service TripIt just hooked up with Google.

You know, TripIt, right? Whenever you receive some kind of confirmation e-mail from an airline, hotel, car-rental outfit, or the like, you just forward it to The service organizes everything into a neat and orderly itinerary, one you can easily share with co-workers, clients, family members, etc.

If you're a Gmail user, one part of that process just got a whole lot easier: Now TripIt can automatically import travel plans sent to your Gmail account.

All you do is establish a link between the two services -- one that, TripIt is quick to point out, doesn't reveal your password or import anything except travel plans. Here's a quick overview:

You can choose to be very hands-on with your plans as they flow from your inbox to TripIt. You can have TripIt put the plans it imports into your Unfiled Items folder on TripIt, where you can assign plans to trips manually. (Of course, you can also turn auto-import off at any time and resume forwarding confirmation emails to, too.) Either way, you're in control.
Admittedly, it's not hard to manually forward those e-mails, but if you travel a lot, it can get to be a hassle. This fully automates the process -- provided you're a Gmail user, that is.

Either way, TripIt remains one of my all-time favorite Web services. If you haven't tried it, you're long overdue.

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