Well this is an interesting change. It seems Delta, in their iOS 4.6 Fly Delta APP update is now auto checking you in for your flights (when within 24 hours of flight).
For the general public I understand the appeal of this. Someone for who is not, shall we say travel savvy, the simpler you can make it the better. But what about for the rest of us who do travel all the time?
I have a rather long list of questions in to the Delta App folks and am waiting for an answer. I have asked about issues like:
- When will there be a similar update for Android?
- What about those on Basic Fares who don’t want auto check-in till later on?
- How will this work with international flights with a passport?
- Will buy-up offers still show if App auto checks you in?
- Can you keep the older version of the App?
- Is there a choice to opt-out of this new feature?
- Any impact on bump offers on Delta.com?
…and a bunch of other questions rattling around my head like C+ “upgrades”, SDC and so much more. I really have been a huge fan of the Fly Delta App so far. It is a much better tool than just about any other airline App I have used. I do like the auto push for seat changes and gate changes (when it works) but again not so sure I am in love with this latest update.
As to my last bullet point above know that for a long time now, if a flight is over sold, you can re-check-in on Delta.com and many times it will pop up the offer to bid to give up your seat (even if you are already checked-in in the APP). I hope this stays the same. If bumpertunites really matter to you I guess the smart thing to do would be to 1st check-in on Delta.com – THEN open your Fly Delta App.
I will say for those of us with Android we can turn off APP updates in the settings in our phone and manually update each APP. Thus we could stick with the current 4.5 or even go back and install the 4.5 if we do not like the coming 4.6 for Android (I have uploaded a backup of the 4.5 Android version HERE if you want it btw).
Not being an iOS person (never owned an iPhone) I am told that it is possible to go back to an older Fly Delta APP version in your phone but is not a simple task to do (maybe geek-ish iOS users can chime in here).
Anyway, right now we all have more questions than quality answers. I will be sure to update this post when I get more info from Delta about the latest tech changes! – René
(HT to Flight Wonk on Twitter)