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Mobile Boarding Passes Aren't Just for the Major Airlines Anymore

July 9, 2013 at 6:57 AM | by | Comments (0)

The major carriers across the globe are no strangers to the wonders and magic of the digital boarding pass. However, many of the low-cost carriers seem to be a little behind with the mobile technology, as many still require the old-fashioned paper boarding pass—and even charge you a fee for the pleasure. It looks like EasyJet is taking a step in the right direction, however, as the carrier just expanding their mobile capabilities.

A few months ago they introduced mobile check-in and boarding passes, but at the time things were somewhat limited. That’s no longer the case, as now the carrier has expanded mobile services to around 38 different airports across Europe. This is really good news for those who don’t lug a printer around with them while traveling.

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Passbook to the People Thanks to American Airlines and British Airways

June 12, 2013 at 1:10 PM | by | Comments (0)

Lots of Apple news this week, as the company known for iPads and iPods just released all kinds of details on the next big things in tech—at least in theory. While we're anxiously awaiting the arrival of iOS 7, at least there's some fresh Passbook action as more airlines update mobile boarding passes to work with the app.

Just last week Alaska Airlines updated their app to show a little love and support for Passbook, and this week it’s British Airways' turn. The carrier is adding the feature to the current version of their app, and they’re promising that from now on all boarding passes will be available in Passbook. Not only that they’re already working on the next update and upgrade, as mid June is when direct links will appear within your lock screen when you’re ready to take off. We don’t have any British Airways flights coming up, so we’ll take their word for it.

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One More Airline Hops on the Apple Passbook Wagon

June 4, 2013 at 9:50 AM | by | Comments (0)

Alaska Airlines has been a spending a little extra on their IT budget this month, as they’ve been hard at work updating their official app for your iPhone and iPod.

The latest version of the thing improves on some of the existing features, but the biggest improvement is that it adds the capability to utilize and support Passbook. That means that when you check into your flight you can now beam your digital boarding pass to Passbook, and your device will load your documents upon arrival to the airport.

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Yippee! JetBlue Joins the Mobile Boarding Pass Cool Kids Club

February 13, 2013 at 4:21 PM | by | Comments (0)

Yo, is that an iPhone in your pocket or are you just excited for Valentine's Day?

Hopefully the answer is "iPhone" (or both), because that means you can download or update the JetBlue mobile app, which now FINALLY supports beautiful, beautiful mobile boarding passes and adds some other goodies.

Here's what you'll be getting with that update, now available (and free to download):
· Airport terminal maps
· Direct TV programming schedules
· Flight timetables
·' Updated destination city guides
· New graphics in the virtual postcards and more downloadable iPhone wallpaper
· The ability to book flights within the app using TrueBlue points
· Mobile boarding passes!!!!!!

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Delta Gets Hip to iPads with New Specially Formulated 'Fly Delta' App

January 11, 2013 at 11:18 AM | by | Comments (0)

It's almost the weekend!! But before you shuffle off to whatever shindigs or travel you've got planned this weekend, better download the newest, shiniest airline iPad app. This morning, Delta released their Fly Delta app for iPad, which not only means enhanced features that easily top the iPhone app, but what Delta says is "completion of the first phase of our customer technology investments of more than $140 million."

It's free of course, and downloadable via iTunes. Enter your SkyMiles account details to personalize the experience once you've got it on your 'Pad and play around—it takes only a moment to notice the enhancements.

Still it's in-flight that the app shines, as Delta's introduced something they're calling the "Glass Bottom Jet," which will track your flight and display what you're flying over right at that moment and any social media postings radiating up from the ground. A tweet in Topeka, an Instagram in Framingham, a YouTube in Youngstown...just watch 'em.

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The Ten Airlines Now Compatible with Apple's iOS 6 Passbook

November 28, 2012 at 10:17 AM | by | Comments (4)

Think back to a few months ago—to September, to be specific.This was the month of the Apple keynote announcing iOS6, the iPhone 5 and the glorious little app addition named "Passbook." Simply put, Passbook neatly collects all the little virtual ticket stubs which before resided within their own individual apps.

Now your Starbucks card info for coffee today can live in harmony (and very easy access) with your movie ticket for tomorrow and boarding pass for next week. A doff of the cap to American Airlines, United and Lufthansa, the first airlines to support mobile boarding passes within Passbook.

Now that everyone has had a few more months to send their tech teams into overdrive, the total number of Passbook-positive airlines stands at 10, with still more on the way.

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First Comes the Android App, Then Come Mobile Boarding Passes on JetBlue

October 22, 2012 at 9:30 AM | by | Comments (0)

JetBlue is usually pretty on top of stuff when it comes to technology, but it’s been a long time coming for them to jump on the Android bandwagon. Thankfully users of Android phones can now do the mobile app thing with JetBlue, as the carrier just released the latest version of their app in the Google Play store.

If you’ve got a couple different flavors of mobile operating systems this might not be worth an additional download, as much of the stuff is the same when compared to what’s available on the iPhone. Android or iOS will get you access to postcards, TrueBlue enrollment opportunities, in-flight entertainment schedules, flight schedules, and more. The only thing missing is the capability to support a mobile boarding pass, but JetBlue did reveal a little clue...

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Five Airlines Already Supporting Mobile Boarding Passes on Apple's iOS 6 Passbook

September 21, 2012 at 10:42 AM | by | Comment (1)

"Mobile Boarding Passes are God's gift to modern air travel." That was the title of one our stories way back in May 2010, when such technology was still on the drawing boards at airlines. Still, a few pioneering airlines were already allowing flyers to go paperless and, after using our first mobile boarding pass on a Lufthansa flight, we thought it pretty neat.

Apple completely agrees that mobile boarding passes are pretty neat, and they've put so much brain power into making the use of them easier, faster and prettier that their new iOS6 app, Passbook, heavily features mobile boarding pass integration.

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Scared to Use a Mobile Boarding Pass? Don't Be.

March 5, 2012 at 2:15 PM | by | Comments (0)

We need to have a talk about mobile boarding passes. Are you using them? Most major airlines are these days, including (but not limited to) Delta, United, American, Alaska, SAS, British Airways, Lufthansa, Cathay Pacific and Qantas.

If you're just a little bit uncomfortable with getting through and airport and onto a plane using only your phone, read on. If you're totally cool with mobile boarding passes, awesome. Though we're seeing increasing use of mobile boarding passes—just look around next time you're waiting in a security line to have your ID checked, and note how many others have their phones ready to scan—there is still much hesitation and "I'll just wait 'til the airport."

So, we'll walk you through the five steps of checking in, this time on a real Delta flight. Their app is ace.

{Above} Step 1: Make sure you have your airline's app downloaded. Sign in. This is the welcome screen, displaying the indication that it's time to check in for one flight.
Step 2: Press "Check In," doublecheck the details of your flights on the next screen, and hit "Check In Now."

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Add Cathay Pacific to the Mobile Boarding Pass Club

February 9, 2012 at 9:00 AM | by | Comments (0)

Mobile boarding passes are finally pretty much becoming the norm here in the US, but we do realize that there are still plenty of carriers where it isn’t yet an option. Step by step, other airlines are coming over to the tech-friendly side, and this week it’s Cathay Pacific upgrading their offerings with mobile boarding passes.

Cathay Pacific is starting off small, so you won’t be able to utilize any mobile boarding passes leaving from the United States just yet. The paper-free process is now available in Auckland, NZ—as well in Hong Kong. Passengers who do their check-ins online will have the chance to receive their boarding information right on their mobile devices, and then it just takes a swipe and scan to hop aboard both select Dragonair and Cathay Pacific flights.

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Tap, Tap, Tap and You're All Checked In on Qantas

Where: Australia
December 13, 2011 at 10:49 AM | by | Comments (0)

Last year, Qantas changed the feel of the airport experience with their Next-Generation check-in. Thanks to the introduction of towers—each around 5' tall—where you check in with a simple swipe of a membership card, passengers in Qantas domestic terminals are having an overall quieter, less-hectic experience. There's not even the need for a boarding pass, since the bar code on the frequent flyer card is the paperless replacement.

When launched, we told you The Red Kangaroo was on the forefront of this technology, trialing in a few cities around Australia before introducing it, practically, across the entire domestic system in 2010. Ticket counters have been replaced with traditional kiosks for those who do not have a smart-chip card, but the number of towers outnumber the kiosks. We have had the chance to use this innovation and think it's pretty amazing, not only because of the technology but also for its efficiency and massive help on cutting down the time from airport door to plane door.

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You Can Finally Use a Mobile Boarding Pass on United's International Flights

March 16, 2011 at 2:54 PM | by | Comments (0)

We've said it once and we'll say it again: Mobile Boarding Passes are God's gift to modern air travel. Thankfully, many airlines agree with us and have continued to advance their programs, like United, who today announced that their mobile boarding passes now work for select international flights, as well as domestic.

To quickly give some background, a mobile boarding pass is a page or code downloaded or texted to your smartphone. You scan it to get through security, and it's again scanned at the gate (see a picture of the scanning here) to allow you to board your flight. No printing and no fumbling around with loose sheets of paper necessary. A modern miracle. It was first embraced with European carriers like SAS and Lufthansa, the latter of whom even have installed self-scan turnstiles at some boarding gates at German airports.

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