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.
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.
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.
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.
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.