Press Release: RIM Announces BlackBerry Travel App - Download it Today for Free!

By Kevin Michaluk on 14 Feb 2011 02:00 am EST

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WorldMate has long been one of those must-have apps for traveling BlackBerry executives (it's also been on installed on the BlackBerry of pretty much every RIM executive I have ever interviewed), so maybe we shoudn't be surprised to see RIM announce today a FREE travel app for BlackBerry made in partnership with WorldMate. The new all-in-one BlackBerry Travel app provides users with a number of great benefits and features:

  • Stay informed on flight changes & cancellations.
  • Get seamless integration with emailed itineraries - the app automatically grabs your info.
  • Find the best places to eat and shop with Yelp®.
  • Quickly search & book hotels right from the app.
  • Get recommendations for items you may have forgotten or booked incorrectly.
  • Be prepared with 5-day weather forecasts & a currency converter.
  • Share your travel plans with friends, family & colleagues by email or on LinkedIn®.

The app also features a desktop component that allows users to book flights and car rentals, as well as print and edit itineraries, from their computer. You can learn more about the app at and download it today in beta from App World. Note: The BlackBerry Travel app is only available in North America, the UK and Spain as of right now - it will roll out to more countries with time. Keep reading for the full press release.

Download BlackBerry Travel (beta) from App World

Press Release

RIM Announces BlackBerry Travel App

New app lets BlackBerry smartphone users plan, book, manage and share travel activities quickly and easily

WATERLOO, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - Feb. 14, 2011) - Research In Motion (RIM) (NASDAQ:RIMM)(TSX:RIM) today announced BlackBerry® Travel, a new app that provides BlackBerry® smartphone users with an all-in-one integrated and contextual experience as they plan, book and manage their travels and itineraries while on the go.

"The BlackBerry Travel app is set to be the next must-have tool for travelers, offering convenient push notifications and seamless integration of travel itineraries, profiles, and flight status updates into the familiar BlackBerry Calendar," said Jim Tobin, Senior Vice President, Software and Services at RIM. "We also think the BlackBerry Travel app represents a great opportunity for travel industry leaders to work with RIM to deliver enhanced services and better travel experiences for their customers, and new revenue opportunities for travel providers."

When a new booking confirmation or itinerary arrives in the user's inbox, the BlackBerry Travel app is automatically updated with the relevant details, which makes travel planning and management easier than ever.

BlackBerry smartphone users can also have their calendars automatically populated with itineraries as soon as they are confirmed and, by leveraging the BlackBerry push technology, the BlackBerry Travel app can keep users informed and in control of their itineraries by monitoring flight statuses and promptly providing notifications about changes. The app can even identify potential omissions or scheduling concerns with the itineraries, such as missing accommodations or timing conflicts, and provide users with suggestions.

The BlackBerry Travel app also brings together tools that travelers need while planning on the go, including:

  • Hotel booking
  • Currency converters
  • Weather forecasts
  • Local searches

In addition, BlackBerry smartphone users can share their travel information with colleagues, friends and family over email or through LinkedIn®, directly from the BlackBerry Travel app. The LinkedIn integration allows users to search for people in their network who will be in the same city, send messages to contacts and update their status.

The BlackBerry Travel app also features a desktop component that allows users to book flights and car rentals, as well as print and edit itineraries, from their computer.

The BlackBerry Travel app was built in collaboration with WorldMate, a leader in mobile travel platforms.

"WorldMate is tremendously excited to bring its unique itinerary management, travel expertise and technology to RIM to create the next stage in mobile travel services. The BlackBerry Travel app represents a quantum leap over existing solutions in features, functionality, polish and ease-of-use," said Jean Tripier, CEO, WorldMate Inc.

WorldMate and RIM are working together with leading travel service, content and technology partners to provide BlackBerry Travel app users with an amazing mobile experience. Travel industry leaders will be able to work within the BlackBerry Travel partner program to point users back to their mobile sites for additional information, as well as access the itinerary API in the BlackBerry Travel service to enable the delivery of up-to-date information and itinerary details.

"When United and Continental customers are travelling, access to the best, most up-to-date information is key. Integrating with BlackBerry Travel will provide customers not only that information, but the ability to quickly jump to our web sites for additional information and access to enhanced services," said Jared Miller, managing director of self-service and emerging technology at United Airlines. "We're excited to team with RIM and WorldMate to give the customers of the combined carrier a great option for managing their travel and information while on the go."

"As mobile usage grows exponentially, Expedia Affiliate Network provides the technology and solutions to allow travelers to plan and purchase their perfect trip quickly and easily," said Benoit Jolin, VP of Product and Marketing at EAN. "We've supported RIM and WorldMate to bring our hotel booking capabilities to BlackBerry Travel to give our users an integrated experience as they plan, book and manage their travel with their BlackBerry smartphone."

"Working with RIM and WorldMate gives Hilton Worldwide customers a great new option for keeping track of their stays with us while on the go," said Chuck Sullivan, senior vice president, global online services, Hilton Worldwide. "Our customers will appreciate having a place to go to quickly and easily manage their travel itineraries."

"BlackBerry Travel is a superb tool for travelers who want the most accurate and pertinent information delivered promptly and reliably," said Kurt Ekert, chief commercial officer, Travelport. "We look forward to working with RIM to introduce BlackBerry Travel to the corporate market and believe its integration will continue to enable our travel management company clients to serve their customers even more effectively."

Pricing and Availability

The BlackBerry Travel app will be available as a beta download today from the Test Center category on BlackBerry App WorldTM ( The app is free* and works on select BlackBerry smartphones running the BlackBerry® 5 OS (Device Software) or higher.** The BlackBerry Travel app will be showcased at the BlackBerry Booth at Mobile World Congress in Barcelona, Spain this week. For more information please visit

About Research In Motion
Research In Motion (RIM), a global leader in wireless innovation, revolutionized the mobile industry with the introduction of the BlackBerry® solution in 1999. Today, BlackBerry products and services are used by millions of customers around the world to stay connected to the people and content that matter most throughout their day. Founded in 1984 and based in Waterloo, Ontario, RIM operates offices in North America, Europe, Asia Pacific and Latin America. RIM is listed on the NASDAQ Stock Market (NASDAQ:RIMM) and the Toronto Stock Exchange (TSX:RIM). For more information, visit or

Reader comments

Press Release: RIM Announces BlackBerry Travel App - Download it Today for Free!


Maybe just available for US, Canada and UK members? I'm in Italy and says that my carrier is not supported, and in the description of the app sayas that just those costumers from America, Canada and the United Kingdom can subscribe for the Beta Testers 2 cents :)

yeah, it is indeed only supported in USA, Canada, UK and Spain. Anybody from there able to upload an OTA so the rest of us can give it a try? I know it's a similar story with the Podcasts app. Stupid if you ask me, but hey, i'm not RIM, they must have some sort of reason. Not that i've received any responses to my e-mails on the subject.

Got it running but it won't add my confirm travel plans from email. It will say it is adding them and will send notification to inbox but that was 6hrs ago!

Got it working they send a validation email which goes straight to spam. Opened it and then validated email address. Trip updated less than 10mins later.

No problems running on my Torch .448 on AT&T. Nice looking app and feature packed. Good job RIM, I mean WorldMate, I mean RIM ;)

First major new BB release I've seen that doesn't include the 9630 in supported devices. And so begins the long, slow descent...

Not available on my Device?!?! Tour running latest OS. How about you release something worth upgrading to RIM on some carrier other than AT&T!!!

It's working great on my Torch. I had trouble with the Southwest Airlines App and some others but this one is works and hasn't given me any issues. I'm flying tomorrow and it already told me my flight was moved up 20 minutes. (I already knew that from an e-mail I recieved last week, but it's good to know it's up to date)

The only problem I've had is that there isn't a place to store my rental car information. That's something that would be handy as well. Then again maybe it's not available yet but will be in the future.

Thanks I'll give it a try.

For what it's worth, I'm renting with Avis who sent me an attachment to outlook so my information was placed in my outlook already...but one source would be nice.

From what I can tell, Trip-it Free does eveything this app does (and more) with the exception of flight change notifications. In order to get live notifications in Trip-it you need to upgrade to Trip-it Pro.

I'm getting error messages with it. Similar to the ones I get with other travel apps (like airlines and GoToHow).

Who is this actually being made available to? It seems like there's more people that can't download it, than people that can. It's a no-go on my Sprint Tour running a hybrid.

Probably the biggest diff is that this app (or Worldmate free version) allows you to modify components of the trip (or even delete it) within the app itself, which TripIt free version does not.

this is quite similar to free version of Worldmate, except RIM app
a) has flight status (which you can alternately get directly via
b) has flight search feature (via OAG) - oddly it is under "Booking" menu but does not seem to have option to buy ticket
c) does NOT have world clocks (ie list of times in multiple timezones)

flight status feature is only really useful (to me) if it automatically checks fights entered into your my trip - per cjb44 that seems to be included, but flight search is not all that useful to me- if one cannot compare prices or buy tickets; might as well use kayak. and the lack of world clock is a bummer

I have the gold subscription for Worldmate as one of the key features I wanted was the automatic adding of flight details to my BB Calendar and then, via BES, my outlook calendar so colleagues can see if i am flying before they try to contact me. Does this new app add the itinerary info to the calendar and can you select which parts of the itinerary go in, e.g. flights only?


Yes it does, but so does free version of Worldmate v4... So if that's only reason you have gold you could drop it with either.

I was wrong...there is a car rental aspect to it and I just added it. So you can have your car rental, hotel and everything here.

Still not sure about the other aspects, guess it just takes some playing around with before I learned all of the functions.

I can get the app running but can't sign in. I have it set to IPPP for BIBS, it says its successfully connected, then when I go to sign in it says it can't connect and I should run the connection wizard.
Real disappointing, seems like a great app.

I received a confirmation email for the email address and once confirmed I logged in no connection issues. Torch 9800

Having issues with the app on my 9700 running .448 on AT&T. I was able to generate a user account with the app but it will not log-in. I keep getting an error box stating "Connection Failed". Web access is working just fine as I was able to add my personal email to the account via the site. Seems like a great app and I would love to use it as I have a bunch of travel over the next 2-3 months.

I was finally able to connect after first editing the app permission to deny all for connections. Then after a restart (which took ages longer then usual) restored allow for connections. Next time into the app I was able to connect.

Login failed for a while for no apparent reason. Connection test passed, account confirmed.. etc. Looks like they worked out their kinks. Similar to Worldmate. We'll have to see a more detailed comparison.

I keep getting a "Connection failed" message - I go through the automatic configure sessions in Connection setup, but to no avail.

Very frustrating, as I think this would be a good application.

Verizon 6.0 9650 Bold

You shouldn't be having any issues any longer.. basically it was just
the influx of people utilizing the app all at the same time. Now that
there is less of a server load things should be working better. Also,
remember you can only book flights through the desktop component of the
app (for now)!

I can confirm after removing the hybrid on my Torch (over OS6.0.0.450) that this app will NOT work if you have a hybrid installed

Nothing working for me. I've used WorldMate for over a year and never had a problem. I downloaded this three days ago, activated "automatic trip scanning", and sent itineraries to my inbox. Nothing is showing up.

I don't think this app was ready for prime time.