Travel itinerary and trip planning service, TripIt announced the availability of their API (Application Programming Interface) on 26 January 2009. This opens up opportunities for software developers to create travel applications using TripIt API.
TripIt is an open platform that supports bookings from over 300 travel sites and also works with partners like Microsoft and Sabre. Developers can access the API at http://www.tripit.com/developer.
“We’ve had interest from the developer community ever since we launched TripIt.” commented Scott Hintz, co-founder and VP Business Development at TripIt. “So we’re excited to see the great apps already using the API and can’t wait to see what other developers create.”
There are a few applications, that are already being built on the TripIt API.
Expens’d – Online expense application that gather details from trip itineraries to simplify Expense reporting
FlightTrack – iPhone application to track Flight schedules
Where I’ve Been – Travel social networking application, now have access to TripIt itineraries
Developers can use the first version of API to read, add or delete trips from TripIt accounts. At a preliminary look, it appears that OAuth authentication scheme will be used for TripIt Users to grant access to their data. I will be writing another post soon on the details of the API.
This is promising and we can see some exciting travel applications, in the near future.
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