Winter storm Janus derailed travel plans from the Midwest to the busy Northeast corridor this week, delaying and cancelling thousands of flights across the country.
The holiday travel season is off to a rocky start with nasty weather hitting much of the country this week, plus winter storm Boreas battering airports in the busy Northeast corridor. Combine high winds, driving rain and blizzard-like conditions with holiday crowds, and you've got a recipe for monster flight delays. Want some good news? FlightView's had over 30 winters to hone our holiday travel skills and we're offering you our 5 best tips for surviving the not-so-friendly skies.
In honor of the upcoming Thanksgiving holiday, we decided to have a little fun with the live flight tracker on our site. Now through Thursday, when you track a flight on www.flightview.com and click the orange "Launch Live" button found on the details page of any in-air flight, you'll get a festive surprise...
Do you Wi-Fi when you fly? On a flight from D.C. to Boston last weekend with our antsy toddler, I seriously considered coughing up the cash for in-flight internet service even though we’d only be in the air a short time. But the weird thing is, it didn’t cross my mind to purchase Wi-Fi until the flight attendant made the announcement that it was available. It seems I was on the same page as many of our respondents in a recent FlightView traveler survey where 71% of travelers hadn’t purchased add-on services like Wi-Fi via an airline’s mobile website or app, but almost 60% would consider it if a notification was pushed to their device before boarding.
In-flight wi-fi options
When you travel, do you download the airline’s own app, or do you use a variety of different websites and flight tracking apps to get the information you need, like flight information or airport maps? Airline apps do offer some benefits, especially in the pre-boarding stage of a trip like check-in reminders via push notifications, the ability to choose or change your seat, monitoring of stand-by status and flight delay or cancellation notifications. So if airline apps have the ability to provide all this information, why do 25% of the 3,000 travelers who responded to a recent FlightView survey “never” use the airline’s app, and 45% only “sometimes”?
An important aspect when traveling is speed, and one advantage for the airline apps is faster check-in via their apps versus their mobile websites since the apps can save your profile information. But speed can also be a strike against them, since 48% of the travelers FlightView surveyed complained about the poor usability of some airline apps, namely, not being able to find what they’re looking for quickly. Other areas of dissatisfaction were data inaccuracies (an issue for 29% of those surveyed) and lack of desired functionality (an issue for 23% of those surveyed).
Earlier this week I needed to book some flights for an upcoming trip to Boston. Problem is, our computer is at the repair shop being coerced to display something other than the blue screen of death. Not a big deal, we’ve got some mobile devices I can use to search flight options and purchase tickets. Without a second thought, I reflexively reached for the iPad instead of my smartphone to handle the task although I’ve got some online travel agencies’ apps on my phone. I didn’t think much of it until I came across an interesting article on Tnooz suggesting that when it comes to online travel booking, all mobile is not considered equal.
Mobile travel booking consumer behavior