I’ve been a fan of Expedia as my source of travel information for quite a while, but recently I’ve become pretty impressed with updates to their iPhone application. The best feature of the newest version I believe is the TripAssist feature. The basic premise is that you can check all details of your itinerary and it will let you know where and when you’re to be somewhere within 24 hours of your trip. It tells you gates, times, has sliding screens that let you see each leg of your trip, what seats you can get, and best of all you don’t have to book through Expedia to use it! It is very easy to add trip information no matter where you booked.
I tested the feature that allows you to see the play by play on a set of recent flights and I must say it will be my preferred method to check and see gate changes and delays when I’m on my way to the airport or in the airport from now on. No more craning my neck to read those busy blue monitors! I was very impressed that the application updates the flight information almost as quickly as it is updated in an airport. My gate changed and I knew almost instantaneously. You do have to check the app to see that, but if you’re in an airport, you’re checking anyway right?
TripAssist has a feature allows you or others to receive emails or SMS messages about flight updates such as take off and landing. I wasn’t as impressed with this feature as a person flying, though I’m sure it could be useful to someone picking you up. I had about a 20 minute delay between my actual takeoff and a text (of course by which my phone was off) and actual landing and a text (I’ve landed already – I know that). But like I said, maybe useful for letting others know you’re safely on the ground. You can add extras, such as hotels and rental cars, directly from the application based off the itinerary information you’ve added.
The only thing that could be added to make this even better would be the layout of every airport, but of course that would bog down the app. And there are already maps in the airport (which tell you where you are). Overall I give this a 4 out of 5 stars.
Click this link to see a video on the Expedia website about the app. Have any of you used it? What do you think??