Australian Airline Qantas Adds Support for Passbook Check-Ins
The Australian airline, Qantas, recently announced its support for Apple’s Passbook service, allowing users to check-in using digital boarding passes on their iPhones. Boarding passes will be color-coded to match the frequent flyer status of the passenger according to TechRadar
. To activate Passbook functionality and get a digital boarding pass, Qantas passengers just need to simply check-in using their iPhone as they normally would, then tap the “Add to Passbook” button.
Initially, the Passbook boarding passes won’t have any live updates, which means if Qantas changes your flight time or terminal, your iPhone ticket won’t reflect any of the changes. However, the airline did mention that it hopes to add this functionality as early as January 2013 along with other perks, providing users a more up-to-date experience that would also prove to be more helpful overall.
Qantas isn’t the first airline to announce Passbook support for boarding passes in Australia. Others who have include Virgin Australia, which announced its support for the service shortly after the service made its debut in iOS 6. Qantas does happen to be one of a small number of Australian companies that seems to have embraced Apple’s feature.
For those of you who are unfamiliar with Passbook, it’s a brand new app in iOS 6 that organizes digital coupons, tickets, loyalty cards and other items wrapped inside the new .pkpass file type embeddable inside digital receipts and easily distributed via email or web pages. In addition to iOS, OS X Mountain Lion can also detect items from Passbook on web pages and inside email messages, allowing you to import them with a simple click.
Looks like Passbook is slowly beginning to gain traction. Have any of you used it for anything yet? If so, share your experience below!
Source: Australian Business Traveller