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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

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

Why Ancillary Services Go Hand-In-Hand with Mobile

Posted by Katherine Wellman on Jun 07, 2013 @ 11:23 AM

ancillary services airlines mobile

If you’re like me, you avoid purchasing ancillary services like the plague when you book your airline ticket.  After feeling as though I’ve finally succeeded at finding the lowest fare to my destination, at least for the moment, I have no interest in spending more money on in-flight Wi-Fi, extra bags, early boarding privileges, or a lounge day pass (I’m 5’ 1” so extra legroom is a bit unnecessary for me).   In fact, with so many extra fees associated with booking airline tickets today, I feel great about getting away with 1 fee plus tax!

But how about the day I fly?  I may have gotten up at 4am to make an outbound flight and now it is 7pm and I’m arriving at the airport to catch a 9:30pm flight home.  I’m exhausted and that airline lounge sounds mighty appealing for the next 2 hours.  Or I may have arrived at the gate only to find out the plane is completely full; meanwhile I know I need to bring my bag on the flight so I can quickly deplane and grab a cab to a business meeting.  Paying for early boarding privileges is ideal.

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Topics: airlines, marketing, ancillary, boarding, mobile, wifi

In-Flight Wi-Fi, When and How Do You Buy?

Posted by Amanda Rogers on May 14, 2013 @ 11:47 AM

in flight wifi 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

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Topics: airlines, ancillary, mobile, wifi, technology, app

The Importance of Good Flight Status Info for Codeshare Flights

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

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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

Tablets: The Travel Companions Used for Search but Less for Purchase

Posted by Katherine Wellman on Apr 25, 2013 @ 12:16 PM

tablet travel companion

More and more travelers carry tablets on their flights – some using them to accomplish work on the plane while others using them for entertainment or leisure browsing.  Tablets are much friendlier devices to manage while sitting in a “compact” airplane seat than laptops.  They are smaller and lighter and therefore more comfortable to hold in your lap.  Even if you place your tablet on the seatback table, it is less awkward to move around when your neighbor wants to pass in front of you on her way to the restroom.  Tablets are becoming so popular that a few airlines, such as Virgin Australia, have started to rent them to passengers as they board the plane while others, like Delta, deliver mobile in-flight portals for passengers to view on their tablets.

In addition to becoming popular travel companions, tablets are often used when searching for travel-related services – in some cases during the travel itself.  In a recent FlightView survey, where responses from over 3,000 travelers were tallied, 69% reported owning and using a tablet to search for travel services.  Of these folks, 62% had searched for flights, 45% had searched for hotels, and 26% had searched for ground transportation, all over the past 12 months.  While almost 70% of people surveyed searched for flights, just under 50% actually purchased flight tickets on their tablets (49%).  Why don’t they follow through with the booking?  While in the past some folks might have said they were concerned about the security of mobile devices or that their transaction would get lost in-process, this is not the case today.  The top two reasons for not purchasing their tickets on their tablets were the difficulty of entering all the required information on a smaller device (16%) and that people prefer using a laptop or desktop to make their final flight purchases (57%).

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Topics: business travel, booking, leisure travel, experience, self-service, mobile, technology, travel planning

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

Airline Apps – Room for Improvement?

Posted by Amanda Rogers on Apr 22, 2013 @ 12:46 PM

airline app

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).

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Topics: airlines, tracking, experience, self-service, brand, marketing, mobile, technology, 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

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