I travel on average at least once a month and 99 percent of the time I fly Alaska Airlines out of Seattle. Even though Alaska Airlines is located in Microsoft's backyard, we haven't had a Windows Phone application until today.
Last year during a flight to New Jersey I Tweeted about my frustration with Windows Phone and an Alaska Airlines representative directed me to using the web app for my flight. It worked reasonably well, but I still find dedicated apps to work much better for most things.
With the new Alaska Airlines app, available in the Windows Phone store, you can manage your existing reservations, book new trips, check in to flights, access your boarding pass and use it for security and boarding access (including TSA PreCheck), and view your mileage plan account information.
Microsoft stated that version 1.1 will be released in late May with Live Tile functionality, offering users easy access to essential day-of travel information like flight status and gate information. With this upgrade, users will also be able to pin a boarding pass directly to their Start screen and receive toast notifications.
I have a couple of flights scheduled for May on Alaska and plan to test out the application. You can find applications for many other airlines on Windows Phone already, including American, Delta, and United.
Now, if we could just get another major Northwest company, Starbucks, to release an official app for Windows Phone I would be even happier with using a Windows Phone device.
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