Let’s face it, airports are stressful places—especially if you aren’t a frequent flyer. Fortunately, you can take some of the stress out of the lineups, rushes, strip searches, and high security presence by preparing your boarding pass on your phone. One less thing to think about, right?
If you have an iPhone with Apple’s Wallet app installed, you can present your digital boarding pass in seconds. Here’s how you can save time and energy by loading your boarding pass on your iPhone’s Wallet app.
Note: Nearly 70 airports worldwide accept boarding passes via Apple Wallet, so make sure the airports you use support this mobile feature.
If you get your pass via email, text message or browser
Once you check in to your flight — using either the Safari or Chrome browser — the airline can send you a boarding pass via email. Apple Mail users get the extra convenience of having the program recognize the boarding pass and automatically add it to your Apple Wallet. Just in case that does not happen, you still have the option of adding the boarding pass to your Wallet manually.
- Open the email attachment at the bottom of the email.
- Tap the Add to Apple Wallet button and tap Add.
Some boarding passes appear automatically based on your device’s location or the time. For example, when you arrive at the airport, your boarding pass may show up as a notification on your iPhone screen. From there, just tap the Add to Apple Wallet button to store it.
If you use the airline’s app
If you’re the nervous type who wants to make sure you’re not entirely relying on iOS to do its job, download your airline’s proprietary app and use it to check in to your flight. While not all airlines have a dedicated app, most high-profile ones — United, Delta, Southwest, American, JetBlue, Hawaiian, Virgin Atlantic, and numerous international airlines — do have apps to help you plan and track your travel. After you check in, look for a button with the Apple Wallet icon to store your boarding pass.
- Create or log into your account.
- Input your confirmation code.
- Observe your boarding pass or an invite to check in to your flight so you can access it.
- View your app’s interface to find the Add to Apple Wallet button and tap it, and then tap Add.
Once you’ve got the boarding pass into Apple Wallet, you just need to launch the app and present it to airline personnel. For multiple boarding passes, save each mobile boarding pass individually for flight check-in.
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