Since Google renamed Android Pay as Google Pay the app has undergone a number of useful changes to reconcile it with competing services and make it more useful. The Transit Pass Supplement will be large for users who have season tickets and do not want to use a separate payment card when traveling. The Passbook on iOS is always something I was jealous of, but we recently learned that Board Passes and Event Tickets would come in a similar way to Google Pay . This integration is now available to at least one airline.
On his way to Google I / O Abner Li of 9to5Google noted a "Save to phone" button with Google Pay branding in the Southwest Airlines App . Tapping on this option saved his boarding pass on the Google Pay app so he could easily use it when he arrived at the gate – the smooth process that iPhone owners have been used to for some time.
This is the first time we have heard of boarding passes in Google Pay outside of Codys Teardown . Therefore, it is difficult to say how widespread it is. The Southwest app was updated 5 days ago, so it's possible this has been live since, or maybe a server-side switch has been triggered ever since. Other airlines are sure to follow sooner rather than later, so let us know if you discover this functionality in another app.
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