Google Trips, a new trip-planning and travel-guide app for Android and iOS, isn't the TripIt killer it could be. The free app is, however, a worthy download for business and leisure travelers, particularly those who like to map out sightseeing itineraries for their destinations.\n\n\nGoogle Trips and TripIt (for Android, iOS, Windows, BlackBerry and web browsers) both automatically import email confirmations for hotels, airlines, rental cars, restaurants, and more. And they build trip itineraries based on those messages.\n\n\nTripIt automatically imports travel email from Gmail, Outlook.com and Yahoo Mail. You can also manually forward travel confirmation emails to TripIt at email@example.com.\u00a0Google Trips is limited to Gmail, and you must be logged into your Google account to use the app.\u00a0\n\n Google\nTripIt bests Google Trips in email import\n\nIn my experience, TripIt does a better job importing confirmation emails from my Gmail account.\u00a0\n\n\nFor an upcoming trip in October, TripIt imported my airline, hotel, and rental car emails, and built a new itinerary around them.\u00a0Google Trips imported my airline and rental car emails into one itinerary, but it built a second itinerary around my hotel email confirmation. And I couldn't find a way to merge the two. You also cannot manually add reservations to your Google Trips itineraries, but you can with the TripIt app.\n\n\nOn the plus side, Google Trips makes it easy to access original email confirmations directly in the app.\n\nGoogle Trips bests TripIt in exploration\n\nGoogle Trips really shines by helping you plan what to do at your destinations, before you arrive or while you're there.\u00a0Trips suggests places to see and restaurants at your destinations. You can browse sights based on criteria such as "Top Spots," "Now" (for sights that are open when you browse), "Nearby," and "Local Favorites." The options available vary by destination.\n\n\nThe app lets you map desired sights in half- or full-day itineraries, or by day of the week, and it displays the points of interest on a map, which is handy.\n\n\nYou can also download all your confirmations and plans for a trip to your smartphone, which might be useful if you travel internationally and want to limit your cellular connectivity to save money.\n\n Google\n\nI like Google Trips and plan to use it to map out future trips\u2014 but I'll also still use TripIt (especially the Pro plan) to organize my travel plans.