This past Friday, a new update for the United Airlines iOS 7 app became available with a few enhancements and improvements. I was a bit critical of the app when the first version was released about a month ago (and I still have dislikes), but Iâ€™m happy to see United make some rather quick and helpful updates based on user feedback.
Hereâ€™s specifically what has changed, as described by United:
Enhanced flight status:
-Â Â Â Â Â Â â€œWhere is this aircraft coming from?,â€ â€œNotify me for updates,â€ â€œAmenitiesâ€ and â€œShare my flightâ€ moved to the main Flight Status Details page (directly below the aircraft image)
-Â Â Â Â Â Â Improved flight status search with departure and arrival times now prominently displayed
Improvements to the home screen travel cards:
-Â Â Â Â Â Â Cards automatically created for all reservations associated with your MileagePlus account
-Â Â Â Â Â Â Million Miler and updated badges added to the digital MileagePlus card
Eliminated additional taps or swipes to view:
-Â Â Â Â Â Â Aircraft, meal and fare class details (Choose â€œExpanded Viewâ€ when booking a flight and reviewing reservations)
-Â Â Â Â Â Â Cabin headers and seat letters on the seat map
2014 MileagePlus program updates:
-Â Â Â Â Â Â Starting January 1, 2014, youâ€™ll be able to track Premier qualifying dollar (PQD) activity
Various bug fixes and other performance improvements, with more on the way.
Iâ€™m glad United added more flight status details to the main results page (you previously had to click beyond the results page to get them).Â And while I still donâ€™t care so much for the various travel cards, at least theyâ€™ll automatically be created for each of your reservations with the new version.
A Premier Qualifying Dollar (PQD) tracker wasnâ€™t in this release, so I assume United will have a new update in a couple of weeks adding that feature since they mentioned it above as being available January 1. Also, I hope they add in Regional Premier and Global Premier Upgrade balances to the summary page on the app. Why didn’t they do that in the first release?
Bizarre Bugs Fixed?
Last week before the new version was released, I experienced some rather unusual errors/bugs when viewing my MileagePlus summary within the app. I know of at least one other person who had similar issues.
Iâ€™ve been a Premier 1K for years and just crossed over one million lifetime miles earlier this year (which bestows lifetime Gold status), but hereâ€™s how my account summary looked:
Literally everything on that screen is incorrect with the exception of my account number. And there was absolutely nothing populated under the â€œActivity,â€ â€œStatementâ€ or â€œFlightsâ€ tabs. Before panicking and calling United, I logged into my account on the website and saw that everything was showing up correctly there, at least.
The next day, my elite status was correct in the app, but my mileage balances were again way off. I also apparently time traveled to the future to take a couple of flights in September 2014:
Those flights were taken on September 7 this year, anyway. 😉
Since Iâ€™ve updated the app to the new version, I havenâ€™t experienced any more weirdness in my summary. Have you? Or did you prior to the update?
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