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Qantas adds Apple Passbook support for iPhone 5 mobile checkin

By David Flynn     Filed under: qantas, Apple iPhone, mobile check-in

Qantas is joining the growing number of airlines backing Apple's Passbook technology for mobile boarding passes.

Starting today, Qantas travellers who complete domestic check-in on their iPhone will be able to add their mobile boarding pass to their Passbook app.

Just follow the mobile check-in process as you ordinarily would, and watch for the Add to Passbook button to appear at the top of the mobile boarding pass.

This will add a boarding pass – colour-coded to match your Qantas frequent flyer status – for that flight into Passbook.

The Passbook app is a 'digital wallet' capable of storing boarding passes, movie tickets and membership cards, and is built into the iPhone 5 as well as being available on earlier model iPhones which have been updated to Apple's latest iOS 6 software (however, Passbook isn't in the iOS 6 available on iPads). 

“The overwhelming majority of our customers who use mobile check-in do so via an iPhone” notes Samantha Taranto, Executive Manager Domestic Customer Experience.

A Qantas spokesperson says the airline is "working on further developments to the app which will enable live updates to the boarding passes. We expect that this extension will be in place by late January 2013."

Other airlines which have rolled out Passbook support include Qantas partner American Airlines, Virgin Australia, United and Delta.

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About David Flynn

David Flynn is the editor of Australian Business Traveller and a bit of a travel tragic with a weakness for good coffee, shopping and lychee martinis.


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1 on 27/11/12 by alanzeino

Cue the posts complaining about how Qantas is neglecting Android/Windows Phone/Symbian/WebOS devices

1 on 27/11/12 by Peter

How is it neglecting those platforms when they don't support Passbook?

They still support Mobile Check-in, of which Passbook is just an extension.

2 on 27/11/12 by spentan

including this one? :P

Windows Mobile users can't complain, they have a much better app than iOS or Android

1 on 27/11/12 by David

Agreed! The Qantas Windows Phone app is amazing, it raises the bar for the airline's anemic iPhone app (which admittedly is more for frequent flyers than travelling per se).

Earlier this year Qantas told us that an improved iDevice app was on the way and hinted at an Android app too, but we've heard naught since then...

2 on 27/11/12 by spentan

Completed my return flight to Perth yesterday. Would've loved to test it out. 

Ah well, will check it out next time I fly. (mid december)

3 on 27/11/12 by azzaau

How about the Qants Club members who are below Gold?

1 on 27/11/12 by gs

Azzaau, Qantas Club Bronze and Silver members still get their personalised boarding passes, although not displayed on the screenshot above.

2 on 27/11/12 by Al

You get a crayon scribbling on a piece of butcher's paper.

4 on 27/11/12 by TheRealBabushka

Do you need to be a Qantas Frequent Flyer to use this facility?

1 on 27/11/12 by gs

No, you don't have to be a Fequent Flyer member. This is available to everyone that checks in using their iPhone (iOS6).


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