Why You Should Always Use Airline Mobile Apps When Flying
Last week I wrote about how Delta thoroughly impressed me with my most recent flight delay. From the comments Delta, and other airlines, have been offering this service for some time. But you have to have their app to take advantage of their flight delay options. That is why you should always use airline mobile apps when flying.
Airline Apps to the Rescue
I am notoriously cheap when it comes to cell phones and cell phone plans, the reason I use Virgin Mobil. Virgin Mobil has some amazing rates but you have to purchase the phone up front instead of defraying the cost over 2 years. Knowing that there is an upfront cost to upgrade I end up holding onto phones for a long time. If my phone does it’s job then I am sticking with it. That means I am always using slower phones or up against it in terms of storage space. Because of that I never got much into the habit of downloading airline apps.
I am what you could call an airline free agent and fly whichever one has the best points deal. That means that I would have multiple apps sucking up valuable storage space. And these apps would go unused for weeks at a time. Because of that and since I have my Chromebook when I travel I usually skipped them. I would just do everything via the airline’s website on my Chromebook. The airline would always text or email me when something came up. Well it looks like that was a massive mistake.
When you have the airline’s app downloaded you get immediate alerts and when dealing with delays some airlines will offer re-booking options. You can always delete it after your flight and download it again for future use. This option can make a stressful time a little bit easier.
Having options, even if they go unused, makes you feel more in control of the situation, which in turn alleviates stress. The only way to get some of these options is via the airline’s phone app. That is why I will always use airline mobile apps when flying going forward. I have finally entered the year 2012 haha. And who knows that delay may turn into an extra day in paradise!
Another quick tip – be sure to take a screen shot of your boarding pass before boarding in case the app has issues when getting on the plane. You will also need that photo for arrival lounges since once the flight is completed the ticket will no longer show in the app.