Qantas unveils Apple Watch app

By Chris Chamberlin, March 18 2015

Qantas frequent flyers can soon flash their wrist to board their flight with the airline revealing an Apple Watch app in time for the product’s launch next month.

But it doesn’t stop there – travellers will also be alerted of gate changes; up-to-the-minute boarding, departure and arrival times for their journey; and can see which carousel their bags will be arriving on in selected airports.

Qantas Club members, eligible frequent flyers and business and first class passengers can quickly check which lounge they can visit before an onward departure, and when in transit, can monitor their waiting time in between flights.

Travellers can also use the Qantas Apple Watch app to check the time in both their origin and their destination – as you’d expect – along with a summary of their frequent flyer account and their next trip when connected to the Internet.

Qantas Executive Manager of Customer and Commercial Steve Limbrick said: “The Qantas app for Apple Watch is the next step in making our customers’ journey even smoother and more efficient.”

“If a customer’s phone is in their pocket or carry-on luggage, any notifications that would have been sent to the Qantas app on their smartphone will also be displayed on their Apple Watch,” he added.

Qantas joins US partner American Airlines, United and Air New Zealand in announcing apps for Apple’s latest gadget.

The Apple Watch, and with it, the new Qantas app, will hit the streets on April 24.

For more information, head to www.qantas.com/applewatch.

Also read: Is the Apple Watch the next must-have travel gadget?

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Chris Chamberlin

Chris Chamberlin is the Associate Editor of Executive Traveller and lives by the motto that a journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step, a great latte, a theatre ticket and a glass of wine!

gippsflyer

gippsflyer

Qantas - Qantas Frequent Flyer

10 Jan 2013

Total posts 715

Yeah! I was hoping this would happen

gippsflyer

gippsflyer

Qantas - Qantas Frequent Flyer

10 Jan 2013

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Even better, it appears Qantas put a lot of effort into this (not just a port of AA's app). Gabriel Santos, Qantas' Lead Designer on the Apple Watch app, has been working directly with Apple to maximise functionality. I look forward to testing it out come April, hopefully it's streamline travel considerably.

gippsflyer

gippsflyer

Qantas - Qantas Frequent Flyer

10 Jan 2013

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Qantas joins Delta, British Airways, Emirates, United and American Airlines in having confirmed Apple Watch apps.

willygee

willygee

Virgin Atlantic Airways - Flying Club

11 Apr 2011

Total posts 30

Brilliant! I hope other airlines get on board as well with something similar (and even on other smart watches) 

wutang01

wutang01

Qantas - Qantas Frequent Flyer

10 Oct 2012

Total posts 9

#excitement

"gate changes; up-to-the-minute boarding, departure and arrival times for their journey; carousel their bags will be arriving on in selected airports."

I hope it works better than the iPhone Qantas app?

gippsflyer

gippsflyer

Qantas - Qantas Frequent Flyer

10 Jan 2013

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As the old saying goes "Garbage in, garbage out". I too hope any information is reliable (like you have to take those "Now Boarding" notifications on the SYD or MEL airport apps with huge grains of salt - they dont reflect what is actually happening at the gate).

henrus

henrus

Qantas - Qantas Frequent Flyer

23 Oct 2013

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Agree

The timing on the QF app (and what will most likely to be fed to the phone) is updated based on what is shown through the QF website (which unless a flight is delayed) just runs on set times like at T30 show the flight is boarding on app

It really should be linked to the monitors in the airport instead of having its own running time (The QF website time) 

gippsflyer

gippsflyer

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10 Jan 2013

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I know there are some problems involved in airports where Qantas doesn't own the terminal space, but it surprises that in this day and age that Qantas (and other major airlines) don't have real time status updates between gate staff and their operations HQ/information systems for such things. It's still a very old school process, reliant on walkie-talkies and antiquated computer systems that don't always talk to each other. Here's hoping that this app at least provides more reliable real time information.

henrus

henrus

Qantas - Qantas Frequent Flyer

23 Oct 2013

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It wont cause it will just feed off the same info currently provided to the QF apps

Doubleplatinum Banned

Doubleplatinum Banned

Qantas - Qantas Frequent Flyer Platinum

07 Feb 2013

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Wouldn't be difficult

dls1976

dls1976

Qantas - Qantas Frequent Flyer

14 Jan 2015

Total posts 30

Pfft, smart watches. Most business travellers look the part. Suit, shirt, tie and nice shoes. Why ruin the look with one of those "watches" that have to be recharged every 17 hours or so." Just looks tacky.

gippsflyer

gippsflyer

Qantas - Qantas Frequent Flyer

10 Jan 2013

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So don't get one. Other people have opinions that differ from yours (hardly surprising for something as personal as watch choice), don't see any reason to be silly about it.

Doubleplatinum Banned

Doubleplatinum Banned

Qantas - Qantas Frequent Flyer Platinum

07 Feb 2013

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Thanks for that, it's a forum with differing opinions which makes it interesting, in your world we would all be holding hands expressing the same positive opinion about everything?

gippsflyer

gippsflyer

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10 Jan 2013

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Since the likelihood of getting even small groups of people to agree on anything and everything is almost non-existent, it seems rather pointless to try and force such arbitrary consensus. Opinions are so diverse and individual they resist unification, even facts can be faceted.

Doubleplatinum Banned

Doubleplatinum Banned

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07 Feb 2013

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+1

riley

riley

Virgin Australia - Velocity Rewards

19 Mar 2014

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Is it just me or does this make you want to buy an apple watch? Great for travel... Way easier than juggling bags whilst fumbling for your phone to present the boarding pass. And seems an exceptionally well thought out app.

gippsflyer

gippsflyer

Qantas - Qantas Frequent Flyer

10 Jan 2013

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If I'm entirely honest, this is my only reason to buy one, so I can flick the wrist instead of digging in my pockets or juggling what's in my hands. I don't bother wearing a watch otherwise, except for formal dinners (where it's more fashion than function).

riley

riley

Virgin Australia - Velocity Rewards

19 Mar 2014

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I'm much the same. I think it's a great alternative to a $10k Breitling, especially when travelling. Still has some fashion kudos.

Hugo

Hugo

12 Jun 2013

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A $150 Seiko is a great alternative to a $10K Breitling... for every purpose except impressing the kind of people who are impressed by $10K Breitlings. And this won't fulfill that purpose.

You'll get a few "oohs" from people who haven't seen one before for the first six weeks after you buy it, but in eighteen months it'll look as dorky as one of those Casios with a calculator inside. Except those have retro charm nowadays.

gippsflyer

gippsflyer

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10 Jan 2013

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My view is wear what you want - whether it's Patek Philippe or a no name $2 shop digital. I don't care what other people have on their wrist (even if they have no watch at all, or have a fob watch instead), and I choose what's on my wrist with no reflection on anything other than what I want/like. Such things are a reflection of personal tastes, and I can't say I've ever paid any more or less notice to someone based on their wrist adornments. If you want to drop $2, $200, $10K, $50K, or $200K on a watch for yourself, and you like it, I say knock yourself out.

Flying High

Flying High

13 Feb 2015

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"it'll look as dorky as one of those Casios..."

That statement is based on...what, exactly? You're a fashion expert I take it?

Just a suggestion, but maybe you could allow people who want to get an Apple Watch get one without you making snarky remarks about it? If you don't want one, nobody's forcing you to get one. 

wutang01

wutang01

Qantas - Qantas Frequent Flyer

10 Oct 2012

Total posts 9

Definitely me too. Before this announcement I was on the fence. But now with Qantas and American Airlines support, fingers crossed I'll be able to enjoy using the ?Watch on my flights back to Australia (Dallas/Los Angeles/Sydney)! :D

turbojezz

turbojezz

Qantas - Qantas Frequent Flyer

20 Mar 2014

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interesting! i just bought a microsoft band...hopefully they might release an app for that?! :)

henrus

henrus

Qantas - Qantas Frequent Flyer

23 Oct 2013

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Yeh no chance (I have a Nokia Lumia) and at least QF has an app for that (Come on VA)

turbojezz

turbojezz

Qantas - Qantas Frequent Flyer

20 Mar 2014

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pity it doesn't work!!!

(Lumia 930 user)

watson374

watson374

Qantas - Qantas Frequent Flyer

17 Aug 2012

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The WP app doesn't work. It's got my points balance of six months ago. I just use the mobile site. (Lumia 830 user.)

turbojezz

turbojezz

Qantas - Qantas Frequent Flyer

20 Mar 2014

Total posts 129

The windows phone app just got updated to version 1.2!!!!

Try and hopefully it will stay working now!

UpUpAndAway

UpUpAndAway

QF

11 Jul 2014

Total posts 288

Time to start wearing a watch again.....

travelator

travelator

QFF Gold QC gold

26 Nov 2012

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*faint*

tabs

tabs

Qantas - Qantas Frequent Flyer

09 May 2013

Total posts 73

I'm a very big fan of boarding passes on smart phones - not having to worry about a paper boarding pass is great. Not real keen on smart watches though, just dont see the need for them. 


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