Best air­line apps

In to­day’s mar­ket, bro­kers need to be where the busi­ness is. RISKSA un­packs the air­line apps that put ev­ery­thing the fre­quent fly­ing pro­fes­sional needs in the palm of their hand.

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Vir­gin At­lantic

Pros: The Bri­tish air­line’s app gives a new def­i­ni­tion to the idea of track­ing your flight. An in­ter­ac­tive globe func­tion shows real- time data of the en­tire Vir­gin fleet, with up- to- date ar­rival and de­par­ture times that’s both in­for­ma­tive and fun. Prac­ti­cal func­tions in­clud­ing check- in, seat se­lec­tion and man­ag­ing book­ings. Data is saved for easy view­ing in off­line mode. Links to Vir­gin so­cial me­dia and user photo gal­leries are added fea­tures. Cons: With­out op­tions to pur­chase flights or down­load board­ing passes, the app falls short of be­ing a must- have for fre­quent fliers.

Down­load for iPhone, iPad and Nokia.

South African Air­ways

Pros: Win­ner of the 2013 Black­berry App of the Year Award, the SAA app has a load to of­fer lo­cal and in­ter­na­tional trav­ellers. Pas­sen­gers can man­age book­ings, check- in, track flights and lug­gage, and find lo­cal lounges. Val­ueadded fea­tures in­clude ac­cess to spe­cial fares and a handy des­ti­na­tion guide with on- the- ground tips, weather and cur­rency con­ver­sions. Cons: The board­ing pass down­load fea­ture is miss­ing, as is the op­tion to pur­chase new flights. Users also re­port slow con­nec­tion speeds. Down­load for iPhone and iPad, An­droid and Black­berry.

Fly Mango

Pros: The do­mes­tic car­rier’s app al­lows pas­sen­gers to check- in on­line and down­load their board­ing pass. Op­tions to book and pay for flights, as well as change flights are also avail­able. A ‘ Lat­est News’ sec­tion dis­plays travel news and lat­est sales. More in­no­va­tive of­fer­ings in­clude on- board Wi- Fi ca­pa­bil­i­ties and off­line mode, giv­ing easy ac­cess to flight info on the go. Cons: Though the app claims to give flight sta­tus and up­dates, the info is not clearly ac­ces­si­ble. Users rec­om­mend man­u­ally dis­abling for se­cu­rity con­cerns. Down­load for iPhone and iPad, An­droid and Black­berry.

Bri­tish Air­ways

Pros: The in­ter­na­tional car­rier boasts the best re­views of the bunch, thanks to its easy to man­age mo­bile board­ing passes, also avail­able in off­line mode. Flight data, check- in, seat se­lec­tion, live de­par­ture times and gate num­bers are also handy fea­tures. Trav­ellers can track the cheap­est flights by month for all BA des­ti­na­tions and book di­rectly through the app. Ter­mi­nal maps are an added bonus. Cons: Un­like com­peti­tor apps, it lacks a des­ti­na­tion guide. Also, fea­tured flight prices and rates are only listed in Pounds. Down­load for iPhone and iPad, An­droid and Black­berry.

Cathay Pa­cific

Pros: The Asian air­line’s CX Mo­bile is fa­mous for its gor­geous de­sign. Be­yond good looks, it fea­tures check- in, flight sta­tus, sched­ules and op­tions to man­age or make book­ings. An im­pres­sive des­ti­na­tion guide has info on sights, din­ing, ho­tels and more for dozens of des­ti­na­tions. The ‘ Meet the team’ func­tion adds a per­sonal touch, with staff pho­tos and bios. Cons: The app has no ap­par­ent op­tion to down­load board­ing passes. The flight sta­tus func­tion is dif­fi­cult to nav­i­gate and users re­port fre­quent is­sues with server. Down­load for iPhone and iPad, An­droid and Black­berry.

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