Airline Apps and Electronic Boarding Passes

electronic boarding passHow many times have you been standing at the gate, ready to board your flight when you have to go digging through your briefcase, pockets and other luggage looking for your boarding pass? Well, now that can be a thing of the past as many major airlines, like Continental, American Airlines and Delta, are using paperless boarding pass barcodes in emails.

According to CBS News Travel Editor Peter Greenberg, “A number of airlines are allowing you to actually swipe your phone at the gate, and that becomes your boarding pass.” However, there are a few things you must avoid if you wish to use your phone as a boarding pass.

“We all know technology can and does go wrong, so you need to have a backup plan,” said Greenberg. Gather the necessary phone numbers and store them in your cell phone so they are all in one place. But anything you are going to need while you’re traveling – airline numbers, hotel phone numbers, car rental numbers, etc. – have them all available.”

Greenberg also warned against forgetting travel agents. If your flight gets delayed or even canceled, your phone may not provide you with all the information you need. According to Greenberg, “I’m one of those guys who believes that technology should never take precedent over common sense. The technology doesn’t think creatively; it thinks linearly. Any time my only choice is a kiosk, I panic. I really like talking to a two-word concept we’ve forgotten, it’s called a human being.”

Aside from digital boarding passes, there are a plethora of different apps for your phone that allow you to book flights, purchase tickets, make changes or even give you discounts. The possibilities are endless when it comes to traveling with technology.

So the next time you decide to travel, take into consideration some of these things that could make your trip a whole lot easier. On the other hand, keep it simple and don’t let the “convenience” of technology get in the way of making the obviously right decision.

Source: CBS News – Testing the New Travel Tech

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