We have a difference of opinion in our household about the necessity of printing a boarding pass. While I’m satisfied with pulling up the pass on the airlines’ app, the digital wallet on my phone or from a text message link, Sharon still prefers me printing out our boarding passes before a trip.
Some things aren’t worth fighting about so I just go ahead and print the passes. It’s gotten to the points where I even print a boarding pass for flights I’m taking myself.
When we’re on the road, it’s occasionally a different story.
Most hotels have a business center, or at least a computer available, for you to print out your boarding passes. Courtyard by Marriott, Hilton Garden Inn or Candlewood Suites will usually have a PC for guest use.
The only problem is if the printer is out of ink or paper or if it refuses to connect to the computer. For privacy’s sake, I always wipe clear the browser cache when I’m done, just in case.
When we were staying in London at the Great Northern Hotel, they didn’t have a business center so the front desk staff helped you check in from their computer and printed the passes. A little too hands-on approach for me but I needed to check-in.
I had an issue at another hotel that didn’t have a business center. I asked the front desk if they had a way to print a boarding pass. They didn’t but said I could email the document to them and they would print it for me. Um, that seems like a little too much work, and I’m not sure how to email a boarding pass, anyway. I mean, I checked and there wasn’t an option from my phone. I’d have to get out my laptop. Forget it.
Now I have the apps for the airlines on my phone and can see my pass when I add it to my phone’s wallet. But what about Sharon’s boarding pass? I checked and she doesn’t even have the airlines’ apps ON her phone. We’d have to download it and then set up her account, which means looking up her password, which I don’t have handy.
I’m assuming that I can go to one of the self-service kiosks at the airport to (re)print our boarding passes. This seems like a whole bunch of trouble just to have a piece of paper. However, I do see the advantage of having a pass printed. What if my phone dies? What if the airline computers have problems or their website or app crashes? Having the pass printed is a good backup plan.
What do you do?
How about you? Are you a Luddite who still prints your boarding pass when flying or are you a techie who just scans the boarding pass from your watch when getting onto the plane?
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