Tuesday, February 9, 2010

The Southwest Airline App

The Southwest Airline App

Southwest Airlines has come out with its own iPhone/iPod Touch app. The iPhone app is the mobile phone version of the airline's Ding computer application. According to Southwest, it makes traveling with the airline "even more convenient" and helps you do everything from check in for your next flight to plan your next trip. For a limited time, you can get special air fare deals with the app that were previously only available with the computer widget version of Ding.

So what makes this app so great? The free app, which is currently available for download in the iTunes store, lets you book a flight, check a flight status, and check in for your flight. You can also book car rentals, reeive alerts about time-sensitive Ding deals, log into your Rapid Rewards Account, view other flight schedules, and lots more!

As Kevin Krone of Southwest puts it, "Whether you are managing Rapid Rewards credits or need to check-in for your flight, the Southwest Airlines app now offers customers the flexibility to do that and more-with plenty of Southwest flair!"

The L.A. Times Dailey Travel and Deal Blog went to their Twitter account to ask users what they thought about the app and most of the respones were positive. According to the blog, the only major complaint was about the app freezing or quitting mid-use. At iTunes, some reviewers complain about how quickly the Rapid Rewards feature expired.

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