If you’re slower than I on the Passport uptake, then you’re gonna love this!
I fly exclusively on American Airlines. So I was elated when they launched their mobile app in 2010. I’m a long-term iPhone user, but for whatever reason, I lived in a Passbook Black Hole, taking me this long to discover what it was all about and just how to use it.
On a flight back from San Antonio (where you’ll find one of the fastest and friendliest TSA employees), there was absolutely no line at the TSA checkpoint (when does that ever happen?). I scrambled, fumbling to pull out my ID and to load up my AA app. After successfully passing through, I had the ingenious idea that I should save the boarding pass to my pictures for faster access. I pulled up the boarding pass to investigate this and found the word “Add” in the top corner.
I figured I would tap that and it would add it to my photos. Here’s when my breakthrough into Passbook started.
A notification popped up: “Added to Passbook.”
Here’s the 411:
Passbook encompasses a lot more than just boarding passes. It keeps track of your movie tickets, retail coupons and loyalty cards all in one place. Now you’re asking your self, “Okay, so how does this help my efficiency?” Easy. Here is the distinctive benefit to Passbook: It shows the above-mentioned items to you on the…
…are you ready for this?
So, now as you approach TSA or your gate, just swipe it on your locked screen and it instantly pulls up your boarding pass. No more scrambling to load the app or even more inefficient – shuffling with the paper boarding pass. I typically keep most of my blogs focused directly to sale, but knowing of all the clients flying weekly to see clients, I thought this would be a nice one to add to the tool box!