Virgin Australia's mobile boarding passes will work with the iPhone 5's new Passbook app when Apple's next-gen smartphone goes on sale this Friday.
Passbook – a 'digital wallet' capable of storing boarding passes, movie tickets and membership cards – will also be available to earlier-model iPhones and iPads when Apple releases the free iOS 6 software upgrade this week.
"We are proud to confirm that Virgin Australia will be the first Australian airline to provide guests with Passbook-compatible boarding passes" trumpets the airline on its blog. "Passbook means you no longer have to frantically search through your wallet or carry-on for your boarding pass."
Virgin is also revamping its mobile boarding passes to be colour-coded according to your Velocity status.
How Passbook works on Virgin Australia flights
- Upon completion of Mobile Check-in you will be sent a SMS link to your boarding pass.
- Click the link and open your boarding pass.
- If you have iOS6, a pop-up window will ask you to add your boarding pass to Passbook.
- Click “Add” and your boarding pass will be stored in your Passbook.
- When you are ready to board your flight, a Passbook alert will appear on your lock screen.
- Unlock your phone and open Passbook.
- Passbook will automatically retrieve the stored boarding pass applicable to your flight.
- Make your way to the airport gate and present this boarding pass to board.
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