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READER OFFER: Hack your way through the airport with a free 12-month subscription to App in the Air

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A number of smartphone apps have sprung up in recent years which promise to make your flying easier.  The clear leader, in terms of customer numbers, is App in the Air which recently celebrated 5.5 million users.

App in the Air is offering all Head for Points readers a special offer to try it out.  Instead of the standard two week free trial, you will receive a Premium Subscription for a full year (usually £27.99) totally free of charge.

App in the Air – currently ‘Editor’s Choice’ in Apple’s App Store – is a travel assistant app for frequent fliers like you, and is fully compatible with Apple Watch.  Its 5.5 million users can consolidate all flight plans, documentation and travel information in one place and benefit from real time status updates when on the go.

App in the Air can also track your loyalty points balances.  Let it know your account details and it will regularly update your balances in most major airline (including British Airways), hotel and car rental programmes.

Over 1,000 airlines globally are supported, along with detailed information on 5,000 airports.

App In The Air free Premium subscription trial

It is very likely that you already have one or more airline apps on your phone already.  However, App in the Air lets you see all of your upcoming flights in one place, irrespective of airline, as well as providing additional airport features which standard airline apps do not offer.

How App in the Air helps you ‘hack the airport’:

App in the Air is designed for today’s growing legion of frequent travellers.  It makes it easy to juggle multiple itineraries and reward programmes, with built-in features and a streamlined interface that take the hassle out of flying.

The app covers the three phases of post-booking travel – pre-trip, day of travel and post-trip.  It keeps track of all itineraries (past, present and future); boarding passes; and frequent-flier programmes connected to the user’s email from across all airlines.

Augmented Reality Luggage Measurement
One interesting feature you may be keen to try out is App in the Air’s AR luggage scanning feature.  Scan your bag with your phone and it will tell you if it is compliant.  The app utilises this technology to make sure all personal, cabin and drop-off luggage bags are within airline size requirements. This feature is easy to use with the in-app camera, which can automatically gauge the size and depth of your bag when you move it in 3D space.

Queue Busting
App in the Air users can track real-time updates from crowdsourced information on airport security wait times throughout any airport. You can also track your boarding and landing times, receive real-time updates for delays and wait times for check-in. This provides a handy way of determining how far in advance you need to arrive at the airport.  The app works offline, with gate changes and flight status updates available by SMS which requires no data roaming.

Airport Information
The app shows reviews for each airport and aircraft, some of which will let you know which terminals to avoid, which check-in counters are the quickest, the wifi status (JFK is always spotty) – even where to get the best pre-flight beer or where to charge your phone.

Connect with other frequent flyers
With over 5.5 million users, and 20 million tracked itineraries, App in the Air’s network is brimming with interesting business travellers, often travelling alone and at times looking for conversation or networking opportunities. The app’s ‘Nearby’ feature prompts users with friendly conversation starters (“let’s grab a coffee?”) and allows you to see nearby flyers’ occupations, travel stats, and their position on the app’s top traveller leader board.

If you are an Apple Watch owner, you benefit from additional features – you can track your current flight and see information on current ‘time to gate’ and security wait times.

App In The Air free offer

App in the Air also tracks your flight history for you.  You can import future and historic flights via integration with TripIt and manually add past flights (or email App in the Air your e-ticket and they will do it for you).  You can track the hours and miles you’ve flown and the airports, airlines and aircraft you’ve used.

Awarding it ‘Editor’s Choice’ in the Apple Store, the editors said:

“Streamlined and easy to use, App in the Air is a fantastic tool for managing your airplane travel.  Plug in any number of flights and you can track boarding and landingtimes, along with current waits for check-in, security and customs.  You’ll also find gate information, airport maps, tips from fellow users and other features that’ll help save time and reduce stress.”

App in the Air is available from Apple’s App Store, Google Play and Samsung Galaxy Store.

The app usually comes with a two week free trial, after which you must purchase a Premium Subscription to continue using it.  You don’t need to worry about that.

App in the Air has offered Head for Points readers a free yearly Premium Subscription (worth £27.99).  This gets you access to upgraded features including real-time flight status, offline access, family notifications (your partner can be sent a message about your flight delay or arrival time at the same time as you receive one) and automatic check-ins.

To get your free year, you must download the app by clicking this link.  IMPORTANT: You need to reject the free 14 day trial offer and go straight to the Premium option on installation.  This offer will be available to Head for Points readers until 31st January 2020.

Comments (110)

  • Neil Donoghue says:

    I love free stuff and the link worked a treat……Cheers Rob & Team

    • Abigail says:

      Neil, you like giving away your GPS and travel data for free? Great!

      But not all of us agree

      • Jack says:

        Neil never asked you to agree, he just said that he likes the offer – which is perfectly fair!

  • Zain says:

    Never heard of these guys. Weird how they claim to have 5.5M subscribers when they’ve got less than 5k reviews on the Android app store.
    Is this really better than TripIt?

    • Nikita says:

      Hi Zain, yes we do have this number of people using our app. On Android we have less simply because we started from iOS version. Nikita

  • Ian says:

    Not the first time HFP has promoted something that’s not quite as easy as promised to get working! I’m sticking with TripIt.

    • Rhys says:

      Unfortunately, despite our best efforts, these things are largely outside of our control although we do try our best to guarantee that they work properly when the article goes live!

      • riku2 says:

        yes but it’s inside your control to decide what you promote on your site – the sign up screen with the disclaimer text so small that it looks like a dashed line is a giveaway that they don’t want you to know what they’re doing with your data.

        • Nikita says:

          Hi there! If you are about disclaimer text on the landing page after you click on the link – thank you, we fixed it. In case any questions about the app – let me know at [email protected] Nikita

    • Nikita says:

      Dear Ian, can you please tell me what exactly not working? I’ll do my best to investigate and explain. Feel free to contact me directly at [email protected] Nikita

  • Antti says:

    “To get your free year, . IMPORTANT: You need to reject the free 14 day trial offer and go straight to the Premium option on installation. This offer will be available to Head for Points readers until 31st January 2020.”

    So how exactly do I get the free year? The sentence just ends abruptly.

    • Antti says:

      Ok, so apparently the sentence didn’t end abruptly when I opened this page in Edge. For some reason Chrome hid the link for me.

      • Rhys says:

        If you’re using adblock it sometimes removes links, it’s best to whitelist HFP 🙂

    • Nikita Kosholkin says:

      Hi Antti, the 1-year subscription applies automatically after you install the app following the steps (if via desktop – from the link you receive on your phone; if from phone – just click Install, you will be dropped to the Store and download the app right after). Let me know if you have any questions at [email protected] Nikita

  • sunguy says:


    Can you please ask them to increase the font size of their disclaimer and link to their privacy policy please?

    Otherwise, its just underhand and rather pathetic……..

    There is a line underneath the box where you have to put your phone number in which states in seriously small font (25% of the smallest size available):

    By entering your phone number, you consent to the use of your phone number to send you a link to the app, and to the use of your phone number in accordance with the app’s privacy policy. Standard rates apply.

  • Steve says:

    I put three flights in (Virgin, Delta, BA) and two of them have the wrong times. One wrong by only 10 minutes but the other wrong by a couple of hours (compared to the actual times in the airline app and website).

  • Kim says:

    Great offer but the list of things the app wants access to is obscene. It even wants access to send mails on your behalf. Not an app for me.

    • The Savage Squirrel says:

      “It even wants access to send mails on your behalf.”

      !!! Er, no.

      • The Savage Squirrel says:

        That’s as in … no I won’t be allowing any app to do that, BTW, not disagreeing with Kim :D.

    • Lady London says:

      Is it possible to disable that for the app after installation?

      • Nikita says:

        Hi there! Email connect is fully optional. You can use the app without any identification – add flights manually (flight number or route) or by forwarding at [email protected] In any case – you can disconnect your emails in the app’s settings (Profile -> Settings for iOS and Left menu -> Settings for Android). Nikita

    • Nikita says:

      Hi Kim! The app doesn’t sent emails on your behalf. It is fully up to you to connect the email – it is for automatic flight import from it and sync your data across devices. You can use the app without any identification – add flights manually or by forwarding at [email protected] In case any questions – let me know at [email protected] Nikita

  • Terry Buller says:

    Serious security compromises and privacy issues with this app as far as I’m concerned.

    • JohnK says:

      I agree. I like the idea in principle but there’s no way on God’s green earth I’m letting it connect to my email inbox – or worse yet my bank transactions – to get flight info. Surely a more sensible strategy would be to have an email address you can forward your itineraries to so it can scrape the data from its own servers?

      • Pablo says:

        CheckMyTrip app works this way. Amadeus reservations they can fetch from PNR, anything else you need to email.

      • Nikita says:

        Hi John, sure we have an address you can forward your flights to: [email protected] You can skip the part of connecting your email – it’s fully optional. If you have any questions – let me know at [email protected] Nikita

    • Nikita says:

      Hi Terry, thank you for your comment. You are free to use the app without any connection to the email and stay fully anonymous. You can add flights via search (flight number or route) and forward e-tickets at [email protected] In case any questions – let me know at [email protected] Nikita