Never Check In for A Flight Again, Thanks To Lufthansa
A new service from the German airline's tech development division will take care of that for you.
If you're like me, you like to check in for a flight as soon as possible, which means springing into action the moment the "It's now-time-to-check-in-for-your-flight" email hits your inbox. Aisle seat? Yes, please. Yet this fixation on checking in has also proved a source of anxiety: What if I'm somewhere without Internet and don't get the message? What if I have to check in at the airport? Worst yet, what if I don't check in quickly enough and am stuck with—gasp—a middle seat?
Thanks to a new development from Lufthansa Innovation Hub, the German carrier's tech development division, we may soon be able to say auf Wiedersehen to the days of self check-in. Called AirlineCheckins, the site—and its concept—are relatively simple: Users sign up for free, and are given an automated email address (e.g. firstname.lastname@example.org) to use when booking their next flight on an airline website. This ensures the site receives a copy of the booking confirmation and can schedule the check-in for the respective flight automatically. Users will still get the booking confirmation for personal use on the email provided in the account settings; and though the site processes and stores personal data, it does so in accordance with Germany's data protection laws and regulations. Already booked a flight with your standard email address? No problem: Simply forward the booking confirmation to your personal AirlineCheckins.com email.
Not only will the service automatically check you in for your flight (usually within one minute of the option becoming available), it will also try to ensure your preferences are met: think window instead of aisle seat, front of the plane instead of the rear, and near—or far—from the restrooms. Travelers will receive a boarding pass to the personal email address associated with the account, can view it in the "Customer Account" section of the site, or can opt to receive a mobile boarding pass, if the option is offered by the respective airline. Currently, the site supports online check-in for more than 100 large and medium-sized airlines around the world.