The newest version of Delta’s iPhone app has added a handy new feature that ends the need to check in for your flight.
The airline said that with the new version 4.6 of its iOS app, “We’ve eliminated the check-in process. Your boarding pass will automatically appear 24 hours before your flight.”
Other enhancements to the app include the ability for the user to toggle between trips when he has several of them on the same day, and the ability to join SkyMiles from the app. The latest enhancements aren’t available for Android devices yet.
What’s unclear is how long Delta will tell its gate agents to wait for a no-show passenger who has been automatically checked in before releasing that seat to someone else, assuming there are stand-bys.
Earlier this year, Lufthansa developed a new website at AirlineCheckins.com that also provides automatic check-in – not just for Lufthansa, but for any airline that offers online check-in. Users who register with the website, providing personal details (including seating preference) and loyalty program information, will get a special email address to use when they book a flight. They will then be automatically checked in when the airline opens the flight for check-ins, with the boarding pass sent via email or SMS.
LOT Polish Airlines has an automated system that checks passengers in 36 hours before their scheduled departure time, sending the boarding pass to their phone or email address. It’s available to passengers who register at least 37 hours before departure, or with no registration required for business class and premium economy passengers as well as Star Alliance Gold and Silver members.
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