6 Good Reasons to Use an Apple Watch When Traveling
In some respects, the Apple Watch is a solution in search of a problem. When it comes to travel, however, it handily addresses several matters that make travel safer, more pleasant, and more convenient.
Instead of pulling out your iPhone and looking like a lost tourist, the Apple Watch will give you step-by-step directions to your destination on your wrist, tapping it (using haptic) at every turn. Of course, one time it led me where it thought the Fabergé Museum in Saint Petersburg was located, but what’s a few kilometers and a suggested swim in a canal amongst friends.
Using the watch is also far safer when driving because you no longer have to glance down at your mobile phone when you should be paying attention to the road.
2.) Boarding Pass and Room Keys
The less you have to pull your phone out when traveling, the better – and the lower the likelihood of having it go astray. The Apple Watch will provide gate agents and security screeners with a scannable QR code that mirrors what is shown on your Passbook boarding pass on the phone.
When an airline supports Passbook (and most, including American, Delta, JetBlue, Southwest, and United do), then you’re good to go as a watch-sized version of the boarding pass will display on the screen.
The hotel equivalent of a boarding pass, a room key, is slowly becoming obsolete. Starwood’s Apple Watch app will check you into the hotel the moment you walk into the lobby, without stopping at the reception desk, send you your room number, and – at some properties – enable your watch to unlock the guest room door by simply waving it in front of the lock.
The “Hey Siri” command works quite well (“Hey Siri, set a reminder for me to check into my flight at 9 a.m. tomorrow”) but, depending on the airline, the watch will also give you important information about your flight.
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