Free United Airlines app turns iOS devices into mobile boarding passes

Free United Airlines app turns iOS devices into mobile boarding passes

Summary: No need to print out your boarding pass with United Airlines' app for iPads, iPhones and iPod touches. Too bad United has not ported this useful app to Android devices yet.

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Passengers flying on United Airlines this summer and carrying an iPad, iPhone and even an iPod touch can bring one less item with them in their bags: paper boarding passes. United Airlines just released a free app for iOS devices on the iTunes AppStore that not only displays the passenger's boarding pass, but also offers a number of traveler-friendly features in-app.

United customers can look forward to the following functions in the app:

  • Book flights and manage their MileagePlus and OnePass accounts
  • Check in
  • Access mobile boarding passes with one touch
  • Get flight status/updates
  • Follow United's Twitter feed for up-to-the-minute updates on the airline
  • Interactive airport maps
  • Follow your flight with a real-time map

Continental was actually the first airliner in the U.S. to offer mobile boarding passes to passengers; now that the merger between the two companies have completed (at least on the legal front), it's nice to see the separately-operated airline carriers would share ideas that are good for passengers. Not that a single app could sway passengers to fly with a particular carrier over another, but it certainly is a bonus to know you don't have to scramble to find a printer, to print a boarding pass just to beat the lineup at the counter with United and Continental. It's too bad such a useful app isn't available on Android devices yet.

The United Airlines app for iOS devices is on iTunes AppStore now.

[Source: PRNewswire, Wikipedia, Continental Airlines' website]

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Topics: Mobility, Apple, Mobile OS

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  • RE: Free United Airlines app turns iOS devices into mobile boarding passes

    This is Continental feature that has been around for 3 years... another sign that the merger is a bad idea and why no Android? Hello Android is always late to the party, name one must have Android app that will be ported to iOS one day... yup none LOL
    Hasam1991
    • RE: Free United Airlines app turns iOS devices into mobile boarding passes

      @Hasam1991 <br><br>The question is why did they build a proprietary product that just runs on iToys, when a HTML 5 web app would have covered everyone.
      tonymcs@...
    • What about WP7

      surely it must be available for WP7;-)
      Richard Flude
  • RE: Free United Airlines app turns iOS devices into mobile boarding passes

    Why is this a story? Is this another case of Apple-centric reporting that everything must be an app? You could do this with Continental using any smartphone that is email capable. You DON'T need and app.
    alangblake
  • RE: Free United Airlines app turns iOS devices into mobile boarding passes

    United has offered mobile boarding passes for some time now, via their device-agnostic mobile web site. It's still around, so folks who can't run this app, or choose not to, certainly have the option of avoiding paper boarding passes. Check out http://mobile.united.com for more.
    gl74
  • RE: Free United Airlines app turns iOS devices into mobile boarding passes

    Delta has this as well and it's a bit more polished.
    jmiller1978
  • RE: Free United Airlines app turns iOS devices into mobile boarding passes

    You do not need an app for that. United can email you the link to the boarding pass which you can show on your device.
    It seems a bit strange that now every webpage has to become "the app". Is this the reason why the number of iphone apps is so high?
    paul2011
    • RE: Free United Airlines app turns iOS devices into mobile boarding passes

      @paul2011 that does seem strange. If a webpage works on a mobile phone, why bother making it into an app? Only if there was some serious features that make the app much better than a webpage.
      grayknight-22253692004129760887070084760051
      • RE: Free United Airlines app turns iOS devices into mobile boarding passes

        @grayknight Possible because many 'i-users' cannot handle the web page as easily?
        tbuccelli
  • Beware technology that can fail... and has!

    Just a few weeks ago, my son almost missed his flight because he was using this or a similar app on his iPhone... and uh oh! the gate computer went down and no one could use barcode passes.

    He had to go wait in a huge line to get a paper pass before he could board, and got on just a minute before they left. Never again will he rely on an electronic pass like this.
    kevindarling
    • RE: Free United Airlines app turns iOS devices into mobile boarding passes

      @kevindarling I am hesitant to use an electronic boarding pass like this, but I'd appreciate the up to date information about my flight, delays and connections.

      Its up to the airlines to actually manage their technology. I'm not going to use your fancy app if your ticket machines won't let me!
      awkward hug
      • RE: Free United Airlines app turns iOS devices into mobile boarding passes

        @awkward hug
        I have see that happen quite a bit. I travel every week and even though I use a mobile boarding document, I still print out a copy at home before I leave and put it in my briefcase.
        tbuccelli
    • RE: Free United Airlines app turns iOS devices into mobile boarding passes

      @kevindarling

      I always put a backup/paper copy in my carry-on gear pack for such an occurrance.

      Pretty spiffy idea, huh?
      metalhead@...
      • RE: Free United Airlines app turns iOS devices into mobile boarding passes

        @metalhead@...
        I did that initially. But then I thought, if I'm going to do that why bother with the electronic version at all? Mind as well just stick with paper. Although, I am sure their process will be better over time and you don't get jacked by the e-boarding pass. Its a big money saver for airlines so I'm sure they will push it aggressively. but no thanks on the app part. I don't feel a need to grab and install a program for every darn webpage I visit.
        rengek
  • RE: Free United Airlines app turns iOS devices into mobile boarding passes

    A co-worker and I also had a bad experience with electronic boarding passes. We were trying to get through a rather long TSA line at LAX. When we finally got to the security station and handed him our iPhones, he looked around, asked another agent and came back to tell us that they had nothing to scan them with. We had to make our way back down to the lobby and get paper copies. Luckily they allowed us back to the front of the line when we returned. It's a great idea, but not necessarily ready for prime-time.
    mjohnson007
    • RE: Free United Airlines app turns iOS devices into mobile boarding passes

      @mjohnson007
      lol, why didn't you just ask the counter agent's next to the line you were standing on to print out a boarding pass for you? That doesn't make any sense. No gate agent will want to deal with the hassle of passengers running back to the lobby because they have to hold the plane for checked in passengers and they always get grilled over stuff like that.
      rengek
      • RE: Free United Airlines app turns iOS devices into mobile boarding passes

        @rengek, the point of printing your boarding passes at home or using an app on a phone is because it allows one to bypass the counter agents. I am sure mjohnson007 did not visit the check in counter before they hit the security line.
        YaBaby
  • RE: Free United Airlines app turns iOS devices into mobile boarding passes

    United better watch out. Pretty soon Apple will be coming after them for a 30% cut of all tickets purchased or baggage fees from online check in.
    tbuccelli
  • RE: Free United Airlines app turns iOS devices into mobile boarding passes

    This technology is powered by Kony platform. It is not device specific. Kony's write once run anywhere idea is going to rock the world in near future. It is going to be a Java for mobile form factor; no matter what your device is!!
    sandeep.splash
    • RE: Free United Airlines app turns iOS devices into mobile boarding passes

      @sandeep.splash
      Didn't Apply ban a similar concept for a while that was based upon Flash?
      tbuccelli