American Airlines customers returning to travel this spring will notice several innovations to make traveling even easier and more touch-free than before the airline says.
“While fewer customers have traveled over the last year, our team used their time to go into overdrive developing, testing and implementing new ways to give customers more confidence and comfort when they travel,” said American Airlines’ vice-president of customer experience and reservations, Julie Rath. “We’re ready to welcome customers back onboard with thoughtful, touchless technology that puts more control in their hands and makes their journeys more comfortable.”
Even before booking a trip, customers traveling with American can see travel requirements for their dream destination through the airline’s travel tool and leverage the mobile health passport app VeriFLY once they’ve booked their ticket to confirm they’ve fulfilled every travel requirement for their trip.
Customers can also use the American Airlines app to interact with a virtual assistant or chat live with a customer care representative to answer any questions they may have about travel. Once it’s time to pack their bags, the app makes it easy to check-in for a flight and print tags for bags — all without touching a kiosk.
American Airlines is also expanding a touchless bag drop trial across most terminals at Dallas Fort Worth International Airport (DFW). Introduced last year at DFW and Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport (DCA), customers who choose to enroll in the trial will be able to test biometric technology to drop their bags without searching for their physical ID or boarding pass.
The airline will expand the touchless technology trial to gain entrance to an Admirals Club at DFW later this year and consider additional airport touchpoints going forward.
Admirals Club lounges currently offer touch-free ways to read the news or enjoy magazines — which are free to download when visiting the Admirals Club — and then take along the journey. They can be accessed via QR code or read.aa.com after connecting to the free Admirals Club Wi-Fi signal. Later this spring, American plans to introduce mobile ordering in select Admirals Club lounges.
It says that insights from these trials will inform future tests to create touchless waypoints throughout the customer’s entire airport experience, including a test of biometric domestic boarding in collaboration with DFW later this year.