TripIt was giving out complementary TripIt Pro subscriptions at their Pepcom booth, but more importantly the travel-oriented company also gave Make A Wish the opportunity to fulfill the dream of a deserving recipient.
Make A Wish is a non-profit organization whose mission is “to grant the wishes of children with life-threatening medical conditions to enrich the human experience with hope, strength, and joy.”
TripIt is an all-in-one travel organizer application for people on the go. The company sponsored a teenager who wanted to go to Australia for a very special reason. She had survived ulcerative colitis, leukemia, chemotherapy, and a bone marrow transplant. MacKenna’s wish was to travel across the world from her home in San Jose, California to Australia to meet the donor who saved her life. TripIt adopted her cause and fulfilled that wish.
It was a logical pairing, TripIt,the frequent traveler’s best companion, and Make A Wish, the medically challenged child’s best friend. Seventy percent of all wishes fulfilled by the foundation include travel. Whether fulfilling a survivor’s wish or just taking a vacation, TripIt can help everyone avoid road warrior headaches.
The TripIt Pro version not only organizes and monitors your trip plans; it notifies you of gate changes, flight delays, and other frustrations you may encounter. It will monitor your points and remind you when they are about to expire so you take advantage of the Award and get away before the Award itself gets away. Another benefit of the app is keeping your seat preference in mind to alert you if that seat becomes available.
Expiring miles are not uncommon A survey indicated that two-thirds of those responding said they have lost mileage awards through expiration. TripIt can help you with reminders to book a trip soon. An alternative is to give those miles to Make A Wish before they expire. When you donate your miles into the Make A Wish bank, they never expire. They are always available to benefit those in the program.
For those just wishing, for those planning a vacation, and for those taking business trips, TripIt is worth looking at. Yet, it is also worth thinking about – do you want your information in the Cloud alerting the bad guys that you are in Vegas, leaving your home empty and unprotected?
Oh, and there’s a plug for a home security camera. Check out our earlier comments about Simplicam.