Expedia’s travel app for the iPhone, called TripAssist, has been turning quite a few heads since its launch. Users appreciate how easy it is to research and book cheap flights right from their mobile devices.
What is TripAssist?
TripAssist is a comprehensive app that allows users to research flights, hotels and car rentals. It’s even equipped to provide information on a user’s chosen destination, including activities offered nearby. Once a reservation has been made, users can manage their itineraries, make updates as necessary, search alternate flights, view their seats and get up-to-the-minute flight information. TripAssist also sends real-time text and email updates so users can stay informed of any last minute changes to scheduled flights or other reservations.
Using TripAssist to book a vacation
According to Expedia, TripAssist was developed to primarily help leisure and small business travelers gain easier access to the information they need, particularly when they’re mobile. Travel plans can change in an instant so the app is meant to assist those travelers who wouldn’t otherwise have a way to get at this important information while on the go.
The simple, easy to navigate interface lets users research and book flights, hotels and more from the small screen of an iPhone, iPod or iPad. When the trip has been booked, the app automatically sends flight status alerts in real-time. If travel plans change, the handy alternate flight search can be used for any leg of the trip, making travel virtually stress-free. With the SeatGuru feature, the app displays seat maps for any flight, eliminating the hassle of choosing seats blindly. If users have questions or need more assistance, the one-touch Customer Support function automatically connects to Expedia.com’s customer service department.
Benefits of using TripAssist over other travel apps
Expedia has worked hard to make improvements to the TripAssist app since its launch more than two years ago. These changes have been significantly impacted by user feedback, so the latest version of the app has all the features frequent travelers need.
Most importantly, TripAssist is totally free. Many other travel apps are fee-based or have only limited free services. TripAssist offers all of its features and functions completely free of charge, including text and email flight status updates and alerts.
Users can get alerts for any flight, whether they’re the ones flying or not. This makes airport pick-ups a breeze.
Even if travel isn’t booked through Expedia, users can sync their information to the TripAssist app. The app automatically syncs users’ itineraries from existing Expedia accounts, allows users to connect multiple accounts at the same time (ideal for friends and family traveling to the same destination at different times), shows saved and past itineraries from users’ Expedia accounts, and consolidates multiple itineraries into a streamlined calendar view for easy travel management.
The unique “billboard” view makes it possible to use the larger landscape orientation on the iPhone or iPad to see the most useful information for the current leg of the trip at a glance.
Finally, TripAssist has a handy “Notes” feature that lets users manually enter reminders or other notes as needed.