Southwest Airlines Updates iOS App, Enables Mobile Boarding Pass Feature at 28 Airports

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  1. macrumors bot


    Apr 12, 2001

    Southwest Airlines has updated its official iOS app to include mobile boarding pass support at 28 total airports following a rollout of the feature in Austin, Texas last year. In addition to expanded mobile boarding pass support, the app also now includes upcoming trip cards that contain flight infomation such as boarding position and gate location, as well as access to flight tools like mobile check-in from the home screen.

    Airports that now support Southwest Airlines' mobile boarding pass feature include:

    - Albuquerque International Sunport (ABQ)
    - Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport (ATL)
    - Austin-Bergstrom International Airport (AUS)
    - Baltimore-Washington International Airport (BWI)
    - Nashville International Airport (BNA)
    - Bob Hope Airport (BUR)
    - Dallas Love Field (DAL)
    - Denver International Airport (DEN)
    - Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport (FLL)
    - William P. Hobby Airport (HOU)
    - McCarran International Airport (LAS)
    - Los Angeles International Airport (LAX)
    - Kansas City International Airport (MCI)
    - Orlando International Airport (MCO)
    - Chicago Midway International Airport (MDW)
    - General Mitchell International Airport (MKE)
    - Louis Armstrong New Orleans International Airport (MSY)
    - Oakland International Airport (OAK)
    - Philadelphia International Airport (PHL)
    - Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport (PHX)
    - Southwest Florida International Airport (RSW)
    - San Diego International Airport (SAN)
    - San Francisco International Airport (SFO)
    - San Jose International Airport (SJC)
    - Sacramento International Airport (SMF)
    - John Wayne Airport (SNA)
    - Lambert-St. Louis International Airport (STL)
    - Tampa International Airport (TPA)

    The official app of Southwest Airlines saw its last major update in November, which brought a new unified actions sidebar and airport information content pages in addition to initial mobile boarding pass support.

    Southwest Airlines is a free app for iOS devices and can be downloaded through the App Store. [Direct Link]

    Article Link: Southwest Airlines Updates iOS App, Enables Mobile Boarding Pass Feature at 28 Airports
  2. macrumors newbie

    May 21, 2014
    Finally! I flew Delta not to long ago and the whole process was so much smoother because of this (even if I did have to fly to Atlanta to get to the West coast!)
  3. macrumors 6502a

    Sep 8, 2006
    Cottleville, MO
    Impeccable timing for my flight at the end of this month! :cool:
  4. macrumors member

    Aug 9, 2008
  5. macrumors 68020


    Jan 11, 2002
    Bay Area, Ca.
  6. macrumors 6502


    Dec 8, 2007
    Completely agree.

    I flew easyJet from the UK to Denmark earlier this year and they recently introduced this functionality. I have to say the implementation, the ease of use, the efficiency etc. was just incredible. From buying the tickets, to checking in, to boarding. Superb. It felt like the future, but it was in the present.
  7. macrumors 603

    Jun 19, 2009
    Does it work if you have more than one person on the Itinerary
  8. macrumors 68020

    Cuban Missles

    Dec 6, 2012
    My heart is in Camagüey, the rest in the USA
    I usually fly united and I have had this feature in their app for over a year. And it integrates into the passbook. Seems that southwest is a bit behind rolling this out.
  9. macrumors 68020


    May 7, 2003
    Saint Augustine, FL
    Will it support this "Passbook" technology I keep hearing about but have never seen?
  10. macrumors regular

    Jun 13, 2011
    Is this really front page news? On a mobile client the article is taking up lots of space. And I live in the UK
  11. macrumors 6502a


    Jul 11, 2007
    I imagine it took you longer to complain about this than it would have to just scroll past it.
  12. macrumors 6502a


    May 7, 2011
    Nope. Doesn't mention passbook anywhere. A shame since it's really simple to integrate and they are already using the correct barcodes.


    It's not, it's under ios blog but on mobile it shows you all the articles.
  13. macrumors 6502a


    Jul 11, 2007
    My GF has my companion pass and I cannot figure out how to see her confirmation on the app so I am thinking the answer is no. This means I would still have to print her boarding pass.
  14. macrumors 6502

    Feb 4, 2011
    Elizabethtown, PA
  15. macrumors 6502


    Dec 8, 2007
    That's poor by Southwest. The easyJet app I mentioned above is nicely integrated into Passbook - the boarding pass popped up as soon as you got near the airport.

    Maybe in a future update?
  16. macrumors regular


    Sep 11, 2010
    Really! Bob Hope Airport, but not Salt Lake City?!
  17. macrumors 6502

    Jun 5, 2005
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    macrumors member

    Narrator Jack

    May 14, 2013
  19. macrumors regular

    Aug 31, 2009
    I used it not too long ago at Chicago Midway.

    No, it doesn't support passbook. It can do a couple of things, one of which I thought was kinda weird.

    You can access the boarding pass from within the app, or save the boarding pass to your camera roll and grab it from there.

    I chose the camera roll option and it worked just fine.

    I usually fly southwest or united. United has a very nice app with passbook integration, but honestly passbook might save a fraction of a second vs. the camera roll. Not that big a deal when you're dealing with TSA and everything else that goes on in airports these days.
  20. macrumors 68040


    Mar 24, 2003

    I love SouthWest but their App has always been a huge disappointment (mainly due to lack of features and being so outdated). As someone who flys frequently with them, this is awesome news.
  21. macrumors 6502

    Sep 14, 2011
    This is unfortunately the worst scenario to answer the question. The companion pass is always on a separate confirmation number. This means alway having to look them u p separately (my biggest peeve about southwest). Have your girlfriend download the app and pull up her own boarding pass.

    I don't think the companion pass should be used as the example to answer the question about multiple people. Southwest does everything they can to make that particular pass not user friendly. I love it dearly, and fly southwest because of it, but they don't streamline it.

    Edit: flying out of Oakland tomorrow. I'm looking forward to finally having this tech.
  22. macrumors 6502a

    Oct 14, 2011
    Passbook integration is nice if you have a passcode or Touch ID on your phone. It puts an indicator on your lock screen, which you can slide to bring up the boarding pass without unlocking the phone.
  23. macrumors 65816


    May 20, 2002
    Dallas, TX USA
    Anyone else "read" the content of the QR code on the boarding pass graphic? Heh... this is what it says:

    "Aztec Code is a public domain 2D matrix barcode symbology of nominally square symbols built on a square grid with a distinctive square bullseye pattern at their center."

    Bummer. I was expecting to see something more interesting.
  24. macrumors 68040


    Jan 15, 2008
    Holocene Epoch
    A long time in coming. Disappointing that they didn't bother to add the boarding pass barcode to Passbook after they went to all the trouble to build an app. Probably not many iOS users in the team working up the app's requirements...
  25. macrumors 6502


    Aug 1, 2009
    Los Angeles

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