Some pilots had to return to the gate to access Wi-Fi to fix the navigation problem on their iPads. No Wi-Fi? Now there's a new problem.
Airports are adding iPads to terminals to engage consumers and reap additional revenues. Digital lottery tickets would be one of the fastest ways to accomplish these goals.
The iPad is an ideal device for travelers to use when they want to sit back on the couch, or take an elliptical through its paces, and muse about where they'd like to travel to. Priceline's new Explore feature in its updated iPad app isn't going to kick the stock up to $1,500 per share, but it is a nice touch to round out its offerings.
Southwest passengers like free stuff, including the use of DISH-furnished iPad 2s and free programming. For Dish, it is a smart way to push their DVR service.
If iPad users have more fun, staying at more luxurious hotels, that's not hard to believe. Hotels.com's high percentage of mobile, same-day bookers, though, seem off the charts.
Starwood is heavily focused on improving customers' digital brand experience. The iPad app, the first of several expected mobile upgrades, proves the hotel group understands its customers' needs.
Concierge Connects is off to a modest beginning in Cape Cod, where like many places, hotels are still handing out lots of brochures to guests. These iPads and websites should inject a little life into looking for things to do around the Cape.
Hertz should be commended for getting out-front with the next-generation car-rental location. iPads, recharging stations, kiosks and business services make these locations much more than a place to pick up your car keys and get the hell out of there.
Priceline's iPad app reduces potential confusion about its panalopy of hotel services. Just tap on a services, such as Express Deals or Name Your Own Price, and you're in.