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I love booking travel from my iPhone. There is just something cool about being in a remote location with absolutely no sight of civilization and being able to book award travel.
For example, a year ago we stayed at the Westin St John and weren’t exactly happy with the room at that time. So one day I happened to have my iPhone on the beach and after checking out the My Virgin Islands App, I decided to look for other hotels.
I fired up the Priority Club Rewards application (I happen to know one of the guys who built this app), and I searched for a nearby hotels. St Thomas didn’t look good, so I checked San Juan Puerto Rico. Nothing like a little night life and casino action to liven up a Caribbean vacation. Bam, we were booked for a few nights at the InterContinental on Isle Verde before heading over to the Ritz Carlton San Juan.
An email I received from Qantas recently illustrated how you can now book flights on the mobile Qantas application among other things:
- Receive SMS Flight Updates
- Check flight status
- View your bookings
- View worldwide flight timetables
- Check your points balance
- Access lounge information
- Check in for domestic Australia flight
- Access a virtual boarding pass for domestic Australia flights
- Find contact numbers for Qantas offices worldwide
But this got me thinking about when we’ll see the ability to book paid flights and award flights through a mobile application. I’m sure there are a few at this moment. And I know you can just fire up a web browser, but it isn’t the same. The web browser on a smart phone forces you to zoom in just to be able to see the entry fields.
The airline carriers I fly don’t have the ability to book flights through the iPhone. So it got me wondering who does allow award bookings or paid bookings through an iPhone application?
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- What is your best tip for using a mobile phone application to book an award?
- Example: I used the iPhone Priority Club application to book an award night in San Juan Puerto Rico from a beach on St John in the US Virgin Islands
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