AA Catches Southwest in Apple's App Store

By Frank Heinz
|  Monday, Jul 26, 2010  |  Updated 10:56 AM CDT
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AA Catches Southwest in Apple's App Store

iPhone app screens from Southwest and American airlines.

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Dallas-based Southwest Airlines has one and now, finally, Fort Worth-based American Airlines has released their own iPhone app.

American’s app, like Southwest's, allows on-the-go customers to check-in from their phone. That is a must-have feature. But, AA's app also lets passengers monitor the standby list, track elite status, view terminal maps and even play Sudoku.

The app also allows travelers to have a mobile boarding pass right on their phone.  That, along with the flight status notifications, are two of the apps cooler features.  Highlights of Southwest's app are fare sale alerts and a quick link to car rentals.

Of course, like Southwest's app, it's very easy to search flight schedules and book a ticket.  Which I actually did in about five minutes while filling my gas tank. It's incredibly quick and easy.  Though, I will say, Southwest needs to update their graphics to retina display -- they look fuzzy on the iPhone 4.

To find the free app, go to the App Store and search "American Airlines" or "Southwest Airlines."

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