Taking a deeper look at PassBook & travel

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  1. Wandering Aramean
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    Will Apple's PassBook really revolutionize the travel experience? Given that the main features it offers - location-aware alerts and push notification - have been available for years, will this actually change things right now? I actually think it will. The ease with which companies can quickly and cheaply deploy mobile technologies will likely see many more deploying things like mobile boarding passes.

    Beyond that, I think that it can significantly improve things like FF account tracking. Delta, Southwest and American have all blocked aggregators from tracking accounts on their sites. PassBook lets customers have a single place to look (their PassBook) and still give the airlines control over push notifications and click-through actions. That's a win for everyone, assuming the airlines bother to give it a try.

    What say you? Does PassBook make a difference?

    Read more:
    http://blog.apex.aero/prepost-flight/apples-passbook-poised-change-airlines-passengers-interact/
    http://boardingarea.com/blogs/thewa...ok-at-passbook-and-how-travelers-can-benefit/
     
  2. tommy777
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    Thanks for posting

    My 5 is a little behind schedule, so I won't get it till tomorrow, this is definitely one of the features I'm most excited about.
     
  3. guberif

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    My 5 (verizon) is also schedule to arrive tomorrow! Must have beat down the riots at that Foxconn factory....
     
  4. Mark
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    My 4 (upgraded to iOS 6 with Passbook) worked fine as a mobile boarding pass this past week on a trip with United, but I haven't used it for anything else yet. There is definitely a level of convenience in having everything in that one location with alerts.

    Edit: The gate change info it pushed to me made it quite useful. If airlines are using it to notify people of delays as well I would say it's already a great app.
     
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  5. iterfacio12

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    It will definitely be interesting to see how this evolves over the next year; I certainly hope we get something that the airlines utilize. God bloody knows I've been more than a tad aggravated over some of the airlines blocking Award Wallet, so I don't necessarily have much hope. They just don't seem to like any outside companies standardizing such things across the board.
     

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