Top 8 | Best Airline Apps for Android

While the beginning of the year is not exactly the time that most people do their traveling, their has been something of a shift recently towards airline apps that are actually useful, with many of the bigger airlines taking pains to create and market their own free app that is to act as your companion when flying with the likes of British Airways or American Airlines, for example. Looking at many of the apps that have been updated to support the Apple Watch, for example, there are at least enough to create a Top 8, which gives you some idea of the popularity of these apps at present. Today however we will be focusing on Android smartphones and tablets, looking at the best airline apps out there and how practical these actually are. The testing of these apps actually works quite well, since while we’re not off on our holidays and as such cannot test them in a live situation, most users will only tangle with such apps when flying, which can be a brief process.

4. Southwest Airlines (Free)

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The Southwest app is a polished enough effort and allows you to check in, book and even cancel flight reservations. You can quickly see your upcoming flight’s status, check where you will be boarding and even get updated gate info from the home page. The app will also obviously allow you to see your mobile boarding pass, meaning that you can use it when shopping for duty free and don’t need to carry the printed out copy around with you. The app is also useful in that you can book or cancel car rental reservations through the app, which is idea if you’re perhaps traveling somewhere on business and only realise at the last minute that you will need a car in the city you are traveling to. There are also weather and travel alerts, which is obviously very useful when you want to know what the weather is like where you’re traveling to. – Download from Google Play

3. American Airlines (Free)

Another of those airlines that has invested heavily in the development and promotion of its official app is American Airlines, which offers a variety of different tools that are specifically designed to aid you in your trip. You get at a glance details such as your updated flight status, and of course your gate and seat number. You can check in through the app itself, as you can with most of these airline apps, and even download your boarding pass. Once you have an account you can also log in and change your seat number if you need to. – Download from Google Play

2. JetBlue (Free)

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The JetBlue app is another one that is full with features and functions that are very useful when traveling. You can download the app and get instant access to your different flight and travel itineraries, as well as updated status info, mobile boarding passes, as well as in flight entertainment that can be taken advantage of when you’re flying. And as with many of these airline apps, they are designed to support you through the flying process right from the start, even allowing you to search and book flights through the app. – Download from Google Play

1. Fly Delta (Free)

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The Fly Delta app is certainly one of the best airline apps out there at present, and currently serves over 160 million customers each year. It’s also one of the more feature rich alternatives currently available on the market, allowing you to find and compare domestic flighs and even book SkyMiles tickets. You can rebook cancelled flights and missed connections, manage your trips, profiles and transactions and even customize your travel preferences. As with many of the airline apps that support the Apple Watch, many of the airline apps also support Android Wear. With the Fly Delta app for example, you can check your eBoarding Pass on your watch once you’ve checked in. – Download from Google Play

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