Looks like Delta has finally released the version of their iPhone app that they’ve been hinting at and showing off features from for almost a year.
The new Delta iOS app, Delta 2.0, offers a few new great features, and hopefully some serious bug fixes. It also supports the full resolution of the iPhone 5, which is why my screenshots may look elongated for some of you iPhone 4S and earlier users.
The big new feature is integration with Apple’s iPhone Passbook, which is supposed to be a one-stop shop for things like virtual boarding passes, tickets, gift cards, and coupons, but until now had lacked support for Delta boarding passes. Delta was very conspicuously absent despite being shown as supporting the feature during the launch event of iOS 6 and iPhone 5.
You can also now book a trip; purchase flight extras like wi-fi, priority boarding, mileage booster, trip insurance (sort of), and checked bags; and “purchase upgrades.”. The new app also features support for Delta’s new passwords, which replace the old PIN numbers and provide additional security.
The “purchase upgrades” which is a direct quote from the splash screen when you install the app scares me as a Delta elite, but hopefully it only applies to purchasing upgrades to Economy Comfort seats.
I tried to see what the page to purchase trip insurance looked like and I was sent to a non-mobile website that errorred out. Hopefully they get issues like this fixed quickly with the first update.
The app also sports a new slicker interface and reminds me a lot of the new Delta.com website that I feel used to work just fine and now barely works.
I like the changes after spending a few minutes checking them out. It now clearly shows your connection times.I also love how Delta includes a feature to track your bags using your claim check number, a feature that existed before the update, and something that I wish they would find a way to integrate in to your ticket confirmation number so you didn’t have to get your claim check. It also allows you to scan your claim ticket instead of typing in the whole number using your phone’s camera.
Booking a flight still isn’t as full-featured as on the website, and obviously you can’t book award tickets. I’m not surprised at the lack of award ticket booking based on the functionality of Delta.com, but you would at least expect some more granularity in the revenue bookings on the app, at least more than are available.
If you’re looking for the parking reminder feature, which I’ve used a few times, it still exists, on the “Traveling with Delta” tab where it shows up as an option. It also lets you tag your GPS location, which I don’t remember being a feature in the previous version.
Overall a nice update to an app that i find invaluable when traveling with Delta.
Do any of the other airline’s apps compare to the quality of Fly Delta?
(H/T to The Points Guy)