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March/April 2019

British Airways and Avios unveil Apple Watch apps

British Airways and Avios unveil Apple Watch apps

British Airways and Avios have developed apps specifically for the Apple Watch, with the product launching in the UK today.

On the BA app its ‘glance’ screen is accessed by swiping up from the watch face, and provides a summary of the travellers’ flight including departure time, flight status, number, route, a countdown to the departure time and weather at the destination.

Travellers will also be able to check-in and receive gate notifications, and those using the lounges at Heathrow T5 will receive iBeacon powered welcome messages.

Sara Dunham, British Airways’ head of marketing, retail and direct channels, said: “We’re excited to be one of the first apps available for Apple Watch.

“With a quick look at their wrist, the glance screen will deliver them everything they need to know about their upcoming flight,” she said.

The Avios app will allow members of its rewards programme to see their Avios balance, alert them when it increases, and offer spending tips.

Avios managing director Gavin Halliday, said: “We want to help our customers get as much as they can from Avios and this new Watch app will make it even easier for them to keep track of their points and see the different ways they can use their Avios, not just for flights.”

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