10 Airlines That Offer Mobile Apps

Control your trip with a smartphone

Those of us of a certain age remember when airlines gave passengers tickets with many pages. As you were processed for your flight, they would remove pages from your ticket book. One of those pages always ended up stapled to your boarding pass so gate agents knew that your ticket was paid for. But these days, all you need is a smartphone to show your boarding pass at the airport security checkpoint and your flight -- and they do so much more. Below are eight airlines with mobile apps.

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    Image from Alaska Airlines - www.alaskaair.com
    ••• Image from Alaska Airlines - www.alaskaair.com. Image from Alaska Airlines - www.alaskaair.com

    Alaska Air allows users to download mobile boarding passes on an iPhone, Google Play, Windows Phone or a mobile website. Users have access to other functions including changing seats, checking flight schedules, view standby and upgrade lists and receive notifications for flight delays and gate changes.

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    ••• American Airlines Airbus A321. Photo courtesy of American Airlines

    Travelers can create their mobile boarding pass either through the carrier’s app or via its website. If you use the app, the pass is automatically stored. If you use the website, choose "Email with Mobile Option" and select the appropriate email box for your mobile device. Save the boarding pass to your device. App users can also check in for flights, check schedules, choose seats, find terminal maps and view standby and upgrade lists. The app is available on iPhone/iPad, Google Play and the Amazon app store.

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    ••• Delta Air Lines Boeing 757. Photo courtesy of Aero Icarus, via Flickr (http://bit.ly/1gBLHtB).

    Delta offers mobile boarding passes for iPhone/iPad, Google Play and Windows Store. User can also handle functions including pay for trip extras like upgraded seats or inflight Wi-Fi, reserve preferred seats, rebook delayed or cancelled flights and check flight status. You can even take a photo of where you park your car.

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    ••• Frontier Airlines Airbus A320 at Denver International Airport. Photo by Benet J. Wilson

     The Denver-based carrier has an app on the iOS and Android platforms. The app includes a mobile boarding pass, mobile check-in, the ability to book a flight and check flight status. It also has an interactive route map and allows travelers to add a bag or select a seat. 

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    ••• A Hawaiian Airlines Airbus A330. Photo courtesy of Hawaiian Airlines

    Hawaii's flag carrier has the iOS-based Travel App that allows passengers to book a flight, manage trips, check in, create mobile boarding passes, view and email itineraries, check flight status, select, change or upgrade seat and pay baggage fees.

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    ••• JetBlue tails at Boston Logan International Airport. Photo by Benet J. Wilson

    Travelers can use the iPhone and Google Play app from JetBlue to access a mobile boarding pass. Users can also view terminal maps, book flights with True Blue points, view the flight schedule, get flight updates, check out inflight entertainment options and see what food and beverages are available inflight.

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    ••• A Southwest Airlines Boeing 737 at Dallas Love Field. Photo by Benet J. Wilson

    Southwest allows travelers to check in via the airline’s app, on iPhone or Google Play, or from a mobile web browse. After checking in, users can receive their mobile pass via email, text message or view it in a browser. Once the pass appears, it can be saved to a device and presented at airport security checkpoints and boarding gates.

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    ••• A Spirit Airlines Airbus A320 at Minneapolis–Saint Paul International Airport. Photo courtesy of Tpdwkouaa/Wikipedia

    The Fort Lauderdale-based carrier doesn't have an official app, but travelers can use their smartphones or tablets to handle  online check-in, which begins 24 hours prior to departure and ends an hour prior to a flight's scheduled departure. Travelers can also buy additional bags and desired seat assignments. 

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    ••• United Airlines Boeing 747. Photo courtesy of United Airlines

    United offers versions of its app on the iPhone, Android, BlackBerry and Windows platforms. Users not only have a mobile boarding pass, but they can change an itinerary during a flight delay or cancellation, Check your upgrade status and view inflight amenities, departure gates, Receive automatic updates on your mobile device for selected flights and Keep all of your upcoming travel information – including reservations, mobile boarding passes, flight status notifications, one-time passes and more – all in one place.

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    ••• Virgin America Airbus A320s at San Francisco International Airport. Photo by Benet J. Wilson

    While the San Francisco-based carrier does not have a mobile app, it does allow travelers to check in via a mobile website. The website was created with responsive design, which allows travelers to view and navigate the full website, no matter what device they use. Users can save their boarding pass, check seats, get flight statuses and alerts, choose seats.