Signing up for the Trip It service through the Safari link on your iPhone is difficult at best. You are going to find while setting this Trip It account up that the website will actually fail you quite often, stating that "access cannot be granted at this time."
Once you get Trip It to work you are going to find that it can be useful for planning and executing travel arrangements, especially for a free iPhone application. Trip It asks you to put together a trip direction so that you can begin the process. If you are having trouble setting up your account and base trip on the Trip It free iPhone application then you may want to establish this on their website and then log back in through your iPhone. If it would be easier for you it can be synced with your Facebook, or other social network, account. This means you could sign into Trip It with Facebook, and Trip It would publish information about your trip on your Facebook page.
After you have built a trip to monitor with Trip It you will see that trip listed on your opening screen. Here you can actually select and view your trip, though the information that is listed is limited to the things you have already put into your Trip It trip planner.
What else is really in the Trip It free iPhone application? Nothing other than a direct link to the website information. You have to use the Trip It website to actually do most of the planning, and you simply look at the Trip It iPhone application once that has been established. There is a sense in which that is reasonable since it would be difficult to do all of the planning required by touch screen, but this still requires you to go to an outside source instead of creating an application that would utilize the functions of the iPhone to do this. This makes Trip It really just a plug and extension of the web service, and in this way is a relative failure as an iPhone application. It will share information with you like airport delays, but you can already get this from a number of free iPhone applications.
Trip It as a web service is decent and if you are already going to use it then the free iPhone application would be indispensable. As an autonomous piece of software this is not the kind of thing that is going to indicate any kind of innovation on the side of the developer. Trip It hit the "hot" list of favorites for iTunes' App Store staffers, and this indicates exactly how connected they are to the corporations that create these free iPhone applications. Two out of five stars.
Note: If the software worked easier in terms of logging in and creating new accounts it would maintain
Three out of five stars.