All 3 major U.S. carriers now offer boarding alerts with their free apps
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As I wrote in my post on my trip to Florida (where I flew into Kennedy Space Center!), last week I tried out a new feature included with the free American Airlines app: boarding alerts. In short, if you’re logged in and you enable push notifications, you’ll get an automatic alert to your device when boarding for your flight begins. The alert reads: “We have started to board your flight to XXX. Please head to gate XXX.” Here’s how it looked on my phone:

As a result, this should mean a less stressful airport experience. If you leave the gate to go get food or you’re working in the club lounge, for example, you won’t have to worry the whole time that boarding is going to start while you’re gone and that you’ll end up with no overhead space for your carry-on. Instead, if boarding starts while you’re away from the gate, you’ll know immediately. On the day of my MIA-LAX flight last week (the first day the feature was available), it worked great.

Though AA just introduced them, Delta and United have both offered automatic boarding alerts for some time. So AA finally catching up means that all three major U.S. carriers now offer automatic boarding alerts with their free apps. All three apps are below. Make sure to download or update them before heading to the airport (and enable push notifications):

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