We are always being asked the question: “What makes TripCase different from the other travel management apps out there?” At first glance, they all seem rather similar and they do have several common features. But TripCase is different; it is different in the way it is built and in the way it works during travel. So, in this post, we’ll be highlighting a few ways that TripCase is unique.

Yes, we may seem to be a little biased as a source, but we promise to refrain from judgment and hyperbole (words like ‘best’ and ‘superior’) and just stick the facts that you can check out on your own.

Here are four ways that TripCase differs from similar travel applications:

INTELLIGENT MESSAGING. All of the travel management applications, including TripCase, let users import via email or manually enter their travel itinerary data into the system. This allows travelers to remain organized, keeping all travel information, including confirmation and contact numbers, in one easy-to-access location. TripCase is built on a proactive, intelligent messaging platform that allows TripCase to use the information in the itinerary, in combination with time, location and travel events (like delayed flights) to send advice and information to travelers while they are on the trip. Okay, this is a lot of talk, but how can this messaging actually improve the travel experience? Here are a few examples from just one flight:

  • Bob’s flight is scheduled to land at 8:00 am, but check in at his hotel, which is only a few miles from the airport, isn’t until 2:00 pm. Just before his trip, TripCase will send Bob a message letting him know of the time difference between his flight arrival and check-in time, provide the hotel’s phone number and suggest that he call the hotel to see if he can get an early check-in time.
  • Bob is driving to DFW airport and is planning to park at the airport. A couple of hours before the scheduled departure time, TripCase will message Bob to let him know what parking areas have available spots near his gate, so Bob avoids the time consuming game of hunting for a parking spot. When he arrives at his gate, TripCase will message to let him know of food discounts and other specials from venders near him.
  • Bob lands at his destination. As he gets off the plane, he checks TripCase to confirm his baggage claim area. He also notices that TripCase has sent him a message informing of him that the hotel he is staying at has an airport shuttle. He calls the number in the message for the shuttle and avoids that cost of a cab to the hotel.

FREE FLIGHT ALERTS: It’s pretty much a given that if you are getting ready for your flight or at the airport and your flight is delayed or canceled, you would want to know as soon as possible. And, if you are sitting at your departure gate and the gate is changed, you’d also want to know as soon as possible your new gate. TripCase provides these critical flight alerts (flight delays and cancellations and gate changes) as a part of the free, standard version of the application. With other travel apps, you have to upgrade to the pay version in order to receive these flight alerts.

ALTERNATE FLIGHTS FOR FREE: It’s nice to have your flight confirmed, but at times you may need to quickly see if there are other options to your booked flight. Your conference might end early, allowing you to get home sooner. Your flight might be delayed and the new time won’t allow you to make your connection. No matter what the reason, TripCase allows users to search alternative flights for the day on the same carrier, including whether seats are available. Other travel apps require users upgrade to the pay version to get this information.

DIRECT IMPORT OF ITINERARY INFORMATION: If you book through a TripCase partners, you can easily import your itinerary information into TripCase just by entering the six letter reservation number. No emailing of confirmations, no manual entry of information. And, for these partners, TripCase will automatically update any information in the itinerary as it changes.