With the holidays approaching, you can expect busy roads and crowded airports, as many people travel across the country to visit their loved ones on Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Years Eve.
Unfortunately, due to the lack of labor at airports and the weather, flying can quickly turn into a nightmare if you’re not fully prepared.
Whether you’re going on vacation on your own or expecting visitors, anticipated travel disruption means it’s important to monitor flight information, such as potential delays or gate changes.
Obviously you can get this information from an airline app on your phone or by looking at the flight information display system at the airport, but there is an easier way that doesn’t involve downloading anything or having to walk anywhere. All the flight information you need can be found on your iPhone – inside your text messages.
How to track a flight via text message on your iPhone
Before we start, there are a few prerequisites you must meet:
- Make sure iMessage is enabled (it doesn’t work with SMS/MMS).
- You’ll need your flight number somewhere in your text messages, whether you’ve sent that information to someone (even yourself) or it’s been sent to you.
- The flight number must be sent in this format: [Airline] [Flight number]For example, American Airlines 9707.
Launch the native texting app on your iPhone and open the text message thread containing your flight information. You’ll know that the flight tracker is working when the text with the flight information appears underlined, which means it’s actionable and you can click on it.
However, if your flight is still several months away or has already ended, you may see a message that says ‘Flight information not available’. You may also see another flight that is not yours because airlines recycle flight numbers.
Access the hidden flight tracker in different ways
Although the flight name/number format shown above is the best way to go, there are other text message options that will lead you to the same conclusion. Suppose we hold on to it American Airlines 9707Other options that the flight tracker may appear include:
- American Airlines 9707 (without spaces)
- American Airlines 9707 (one space only)
- AA9707 (Airline name is abbreviated and there is no space)
- AA 9707 (abbreviation and space)
I would suggest that you keep the airline name written in full and add a space between two pieces of information – as in the previous section – as these alternative options may not work for some airlines.
Track your flight in real time: view flight status, delays, baggage claim and more
Once everything is set, tap Flight Information in your text messages. If the feature is working properly, you should see the following two options appear in the Quick Actions menu:
- Flight preview: View flight details. Click this if you want to view more information about the flight.
- Copy the flight code: Copy the flight code to your clipboard (in case you want to send your flight details to someone else via text message or email).
if you choose Flight previewAt the top of the window, you’ll see the best part of this feature: a real-time flight tracker map. A line will connect the two destinations, and a small plane will move between them, indicating where the flight is at exactly that moment.
Below the map, you will see important information about the trip:
- Airline name and flight number
- flight status (Arrived on time, late, canceled, etc.)
- Station numbers and gates (for arrival and departure)
- Arrival and departure time
- Flight duration
- Baggage Receipt (luggage box number)
If you swipe left on the bottom half of the flight tracker, you can switch between flights, but only if there is a return flight.
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