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5 Holiday Travel Survival Tips From the Pros

Posted by Amanda Rogers on Nov 27, 2013 @ 11:43 AM

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. 

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Topics: cancelled, leisure travel, airlines, airport, weather, self-service, customer service, mobile, technology, delay, app, tips, holiday travel

Why Data Transparency is Critical for Travel Providers

Posted by Scott Kahan on Nov 11, 2013 @ 03:39 PM

Answering the phones at FlightView can be a very interesting experience.  Many travelers, shippers, expeditors, meeters and greeters, friends and worried family members see the real-time flight information on our website - or on one of the hundreds of websites that we power - and assume that since we have a lot of information about the day of travel, we must have all of the information on the day of travel, including answers to their unique personal situation.  In fact, it's so hard for these folks to find a phone number for their actual travel service provider that they dial us.  When it comes to questions from inbound calls, some staff favorites include a guy who asked if customs would charge him more if he brought his new inheritance back from Europe as gold or cash, as well as a woman who wondered whether her husband had brought a mistress on his flight (we suggested he call the office of border control and that she call a marriage counselor).

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Topics: airlines, tracking, customer service, data transparency, flight

The best technology investments for airports - INFOGRAPHIC & FREE REPORT

Posted by Mike Benjamin on Oct 28, 2013 @ 10:19 AM

Airports are making a concerted effort to improve the airport experience for their travelers - but are they making the right decision on how to invest their limited IT budget? 

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Topics: business travel, leisure travel, experience, airport, self-service, customer service, mobile, wifi, technology

Where's My Plane?

Posted by Scott Kahan on Jun 06, 2013 @ 11:29 AM

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Topics: business travel, cancelled, airlines, tracking, airport, displays, weather, customer service, flight, technology, delay, travel planning

The Importance of Good Flight Status Info for Codeshare Flights

Posted by Mike Benjamin on May 03, 2013 @ 11:48 AM

codeshare flight status
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Topics: booking, airlines, tracking, self-service, customer service, marketing, mobile, flight, app, codesharing

The Purchasing Habits of Today's Mobile Traveler - Infographic

Posted by Katherine Wellman on Apr 29, 2013 @ 11:54 AM

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Topics: business travel, booking, leisure travel, airlines, experience, self-service, customer service, ancillary, mobile, technology, travel planning, app

When Airport Self-Service Goes Wrong

Posted by Mike Benjamin on Apr 24, 2013 @ 12:19 PM

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Topics: business travel, airlines, experience, airport, self-service, customer service, boarding, mobile, flight, technology, delay, app

The Self-Service Airport Revolution

Posted by Mike Benjamin on Apr 12, 2013 @ 01:02 PM

airport self-service kiosks

Flying to Atlanta last week, it struck me that a familiar part of the airport experience was missing – the staff.  There was a noticeable reduction in the number of agents on duty at ticket and gate counters, but their absence wasn’t causing chaos the way it would have in the past. The reason? Self-service is becoming status quo as travelers are increasingly comfortable using technology to navigate the airport. A passenger can use a kiosk to self check-in, then FIDS (flight information display systems), websites or mobile apps to check flight status which means fewer questions for gate agents to answer.

As it turns out, passengers aren’t only comfortable with self-service, they prefer it. A recent survey from SITA found that the most stressful part of a trip is fear of missing a flight, which is exactly what can happen when travelers have to wait in long lines at bottlenecks like check-in, bag drop and ID-check before going through security. Convenience and speed through processing checkpoints definitely help get passengers to the gate, but self-service options are valued at every point in the trip. The most welcome features among survey participants were flight status updates via mobile phone, self-boarding gates and kiosks for flight transfers.

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Topics: experience, airport, displays, self-service, customer service, boarding, mobile, technology, travel, check-in, SITA

Airline IT Trends Point to Mobile

Posted by Ev Jordan on Apr 08, 2013 @ 01:24 PM

airline IT trends mobile

While senior IT executives at the top 200 airlines worldwide were “cautiously optimistic” about IT investment in a 2012 SITA survey, this much is clear: economic uncertainty and unpredictable jet fuel prices aren’t dampening enthusiasm for upgrading passenger mobile services. In fact, it tops the lists of investments for the second consecutive year, with 60% of airlines planning major investments in mobile passenger services over the next three years. Here’s a look at where those IT dollars will go.

According to SITA’s 2012 Passenger Self-Service survey, 74% of travelers interviewed booked their travel online, but only 3% purchased tickets via mobile devices or social media. Airlines are looking to change that – 70% said that after 2015, mobile will be the second most important sales channel behind the Web. 90% of airlines plan to sell tickets via mobile and 83% will sell ancillary services via mobile. Passengers should be able to purchase ticket modifications and upgrades, preferred boarding access, choice seating, airline lounge access, in-flight amenities and pay baggage fees all via a mobile device by 2015.

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Topics: airlines, tracking, experience, self-service, customer service, ancillary, boarding, mobile, technology, app, check-in, SITA

A Shift in Airline Customer Service?

Posted by Mike Benjamin on Mar 25, 2013 @ 04:06 PM

prepare for takeoff

These days it’s all too easy to find stories of complaints against airlines with sites like twitter giving travelers a platform to air their complaints in real-time while reaching thousands, even millions, of eyes. The main metric airline employees are evaluated on is their ability to keep to the schedule – the phrase “time is money” rings true in an industry saddled by sunk costs and already operating on razor thin margins. Often, this drives decisions based on the bottom line rather than keeping customers happy, but airlines that are in the business of moving people are often faced with challenges of a more human nature.

The crew on a recent United Airlines flight chose the passenger over the schedule in a great display of customer service. A man flying from San Francisco to see his dying mother in Houston had to catch a connecting flight in Lubbock, Texas, with only a 40 minute buffer. When the first leg of his trip was delayed, he became frantic: the Lubbock to Houston flight was the last of the day – if he missed it, he might never see his mother alive again. The United crew in San Francisco urgently radioed the crew in Lubbock, who decided to delay the connecting flight. The man (and his luggage) made it to Houston on time that night, where he rushed to his mother’s hospital bedside. She died the next morning.

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Topics: airlines, experience, customer service, social media

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