Turn On Your Airline's Push Notifications

I live in constant fear of missing flights. I’ll arrive hours early, with a carry-on bag, neck pillow and boarding pass in hand, only to break into a cold sweat if I see a long security line.

This week, American Airlines quietly began beta-testing push notifications for boarding on Android and IOS devices. Why is this a really good thing for travelers like myself?

As the Points Guy writes, AA’s boarding notification is sent the exact moment the very first passenger’s boarding pass is scanned; in other words, you know precisely when your flight begins boarding (instead of a vague “scheduled” time) and how much time you have left to loiter in the terminal’s gift shop.

The good thing is that while AA’s still testing out these notifications, this feature is already being used by a number of other airlines’ apps too. United, Delta, and Alaska Airlines all have push notifications set up for boarding. Granted, this shouldn’t entirely replace the need to check your gate to find out if your flight is boarding, but it doesn’t hurt to have the back-up in case a flight happens to board early or experiences a major delay.

How to enable push notifications

On an Android device

Open “Settings,” click “App” or “Applications,” find your airline’s app. From here, click “Show notifications.”

On an IOS device

Go to “Settings,” then “Notifications,” find your airline, toggle on the app’s notifications, and you will receive any push notifications from the airline.

And at the very least, your airline’s app is a good tool for having entertainment options and checking seat maps so you can nab that open aisle seat.


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