Traveling is a troublesome, yet necessary, part of millions of people's daily lives. Even if you do not travel daily, the notion of going through the airport is something that many people dread due to the amount of time and the stages through which we have to go in order to board our flights.
Fortunately, many of the major airlines are quickly discovering that by automating key elements of the pre-departure procedures, they can save money, time and give their customers a better overall experience. Below, we will discuss four airline apps and how they are revolutionizing the bureaucracy of flight.
Airline Apps To Make Traveling Easier
One of the first to begin transitioning certain features into an app, Southwest continues to be a leader in the skies and on the ground. The Southwest app enables travelers to manage their airline reservations and car rentals, check-in for flights without having to deal with ornery customer service agents, review flight schedules and even access their frequent flyer account (RapidRewards).
All of these little perks add up to less time spent asking for information around the airport and more time spent relaxing while waiting for departure. The Southwest app is available on iOS, Android and Blackberry devices.
The Fly Delta app can be found on all four major mobile operating systems (Android, iOS, Blackberry and Windows) and offers an extensive amount of services, of which you would normally need a Delta employee to assist.
Not only can you find, compare and book flights directly from the app, but you can also check in for flights, create an electronic boarding pass, change your seat and even see if there are eligible upgrades you can grab. Once in the air, you can use the app to track your flight's progress and see if you will be on time. And, once you land, you can obtain status updates on your checked baggage.
With JetBlue's mobile app – available for iPhone and Android devices – you can gain a plethora of insight into your flight schedule, seating and much more. The app will remind you 24 hours before your scheduled departure and allow you to check-in before you arrive at the airport, saving you time and hassle.
Push notifications on any flight changes are delivered to you directly, and monitoring the in-flight schedule and programming can be done before boarding. A special hotspot section includes valuable points of interest in your destination city and can be quite helpful in planning an itinerary ahead of schedule.
Providing its app for all four major mobile systems, American Airlines is clearing the field when it comes to personal flight details, boarding and reservations. Offering such features as mobile boarding passes, terminal maps, access to standby and upgraded seating lists, you will have a feel of how your flight experience will be well before you arrive – and be able to be proactive when it comes to checking in early.
For those who enjoy a bit of mobile fun, the AA map also offers a version of Sudoku for its owners to play with while waiting to hop on the plane.
Byline: The author of today's blog post, Jenny Wadlow is an enthusiastic traveler and works for a Melbourne based airport car parking company. A self-proclaimed technophile, she consistently writes about the latest apps that are changing the way we travel. You can follow her on twitter @JennyWadlow.