The American Airlines app just got a new upgrade that could make boarding at the right time a lot easier. American Airlines passengers must deal with the fact that the airline’s app is lacking when compared to what’s out there from rivals like Delta, United and Alaska Airlines. It would be a stretch to say that the latest update puts American on the same page as its rivals. However, you’ll notice a big improvement if you do use the app.
What’s New With the App?
It now sends push notifications to you when your flight begins boarding. However, there’s actually more to get excited about. The app sends you a notification alerting you when boarding ends. American’s push notification for boarding is activated when the first boarding pass of a flight is scanned. You might be wondering why knowing when boarding begins is such a big deal. Essentially, delays can be a bit tricky for some passengers who want to avoid simply hanging out by the boarding gate. It turns out that American isn’t always so great about announcing delays inside its lounges. That means that someone who wants to hang out in an Admirals Club lounge may not know about a delay and exit the lounge before they actually need to or want to. The new push notifications that come through American’s app make it possible to stay in a lounge enjoying drinks, food and comfort until you get an alert that passengers have actually started boarding. You can have a pretty good sense of confidence that you won’t miss your flight if you make a strategy out of waiting to see the first passenger board before leaving your comfortable spot inside a lounge.
Enable Push Notifications for Alerts
The new boarding notification that’s been added to the American Airlines app can also be helpful even if there isn’t a delay. That’s because you can actually discover if gate agents are allowing passengers to begin boarding early. It’s important to keep in mind that the push notification for flight delays on the American Airlines app is only in the testing phase as of now. Of course, it’s essentially guaranteed that American will roll out this feature on a wide-scale basis pretty soon. The airline needs to do this if it wants to at least catch up to its competitors. Just keep in mind that you may need to select a setting on your phone that allows for push notifications to come through before you can begin using this feature for any airline that offers it.
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