Tech Stuff

I have been serving in youth ministry for nearly 20 years, am currently the Director of Student Ministries at Valley Church in Des Moines, IA, and am on a first name basis with several Best Buy and Apple employees. My wife Keri and I have been married over ten years and have three great boys. My four favorite things are Jesus, my wife, Chicago Style Pizza, and fighting off our boys with sweet ninja moves.

FlightTrack-ProI am a fan of the iPhone app FlightTrack Pro and TripIt. I seem to have seasons of busy travel and these apps help keep all my travel plans centrally located. TripIt is free, if you don’t mind ads, but FlightTrack Pro is $10 (their is a $5 version…but go big or go home!).

TripIt takes your trip details (confirmations from hotels, airlines, etc) and creates a helpful itinerary right on my iPhone (or Android). It will sync with your calendar app and online at tripit.com. After you have registered an email address with TripIt you can simply forward any of your confirmation emails from that address to plans@tripit.com. You do not need TripIt for FlightTrack Pro to work but FlightTrack Pro will seamlessly use all your Tripit data…COOL!

FlightTrack Pro allows you to see flight details on zoomable maps and get real-time departure info, delays, and gate numbers.  This app has been super helpful when I am traveling to a youth ministry conference, flying out to speak at a retreat or events, or taking teams on a mission trip.

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  • Sync’s with TripIt and phone’s calendar
  • Share flight status by email, Facebook or Twitter (parent win!)
  • Offline mode for use in airplanes – maps still work!
  • Airtime, aircraft, and speed & altitude (Nerdy Flight Stats)
  • Real-time status for gates, delays and cancellations

If flying is your things you might want to check out FlightBoard too, it helps when monitor connections, delays, and arrivals ($4).

How is this app free? Well, I went to Starbucks today and saw that the $10 FlightTrack Pro app was their free app of the week.  That means you need to get to a Starbucks before Tuesday July 9th and grab a “Pick of the Week” card. If you do not have a Starbucks near you post a comment asking for a code…I grabbed a dozen to share.


All the codes are gone.  Thanks for reading, and keep an eye out for more give-a-ways!

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  • ExSheex says:

    Sweet, could I get a code please? Thanks in advance!

  • Tim says:

    I’d love a code too, if you have any left.

  • Bill Victor says:

    If you’re still doling out codes, I’d love one.

  • Chris says:

    Hi Brandon, would you happen to have any codes left? My local was out of cards 🙁 thanks!

  • Chris Young says:

    Brandon, thanks for the inside info. Any codes left? Thanks again bro!


  • Dennis says:

    Could you send me one?

  • Raj says:

    If you have any left, I would like a code please. Thanks

  • Wong says:

    Hi Brandon, it would be great if you can send me one (if there is still any left), thanks!

  • Joseph says:

    I really want one. Could you please please send me one. Thank you so so much!!

  • eddy says:

    brandon could you send me one please?

  • Scott Tinman says:

    No Starbucks in sight here in Findlay, OH…just Biggby Coffee and independents so can you help a brother out?

  • Chris Young says:

    Thanks for the code! Using it already!

  • Erik w/a k says:

    Brandon. Checked my Starbucks app and it gave me whirly word as the app of the week. If you have another code I’d love it.

  • beauami says:

    can I get a code for Flight Track Pro?

    thank you~!!

  • Jens says:

    Hi Brandon,

    do you have any code left? Would appreciate it.


  • Javi Martinez says:

    Could I have one?


  • face14 says:

    I’d love one if you have any left.


  • Terry Wasylink says:

    Brandon I know it’s late but if you have any extra codes for the Flight Tracker Pro could you please send me one. Thanks

  • Jonathan says:

    Looking for a code too! thanks!

  • Viktor Wagner says:

    Hi Brandon,

    Thank you in advance! I would like a code if you have any left.


  • Haik says:

    can I get a code for Flight Track Pro Please?

  • Louis says:

    May I get a code for Flight Track Pro please?

  • Dan says:

    Would love a code if you have any left! Thanks.

  • Kelly says:

    Hi Brandon, do you have any more codes? I went into my local Starbucks and the cards were already gone 🙁 A code would be much appreciated!

  • Evan says:

    I know it’s kinda late, but is there any chance you still have one left?

    Thanks much!

  • Todd says:

    Hi Brandon,
    If you have any codes left, please send me one. Thanks.

  • Chris says:

    Any codes remaining? I’d love to have one. Thanks for sharing. You are awesome.

  • Tom says:

    Nice post!

    Has anyone got any code left? I’m from out of the US so I can’t go and get ahold of one of the cards!

    Much appreciated!

  • srikanth says:

    Can i get the code for flighttrack pro please.

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