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The Fly Delta APP really is a great tool. Not perfect, but I use it constantly when I fly Delta. One of the things I always do when I get to the airport (or even often before that) is to start tracking all my inbound jets that I will be on that day.
I find this a really useful tool because it can alert me to issues even before Delta reaches out and tells me I am about to “have” an issue if you will. It really is so simple to do. Pull up your next flight and scroll down.
If you click on VIEW MORE you will get much more data on your current flight you have chosen.
And it will also show you your inbound flight. Click that number.
You will then see that flight, then here are a bunch of things I do next. I start “watching” the flight to get quicker access to it (will show you that later). I also note the flight time, if it is late, early or even arrived the night before (always nice). I also pay attention to the gate it is coming into (but that can change and often does).
With the flight tracker you can see where your inbound jet is at the current time. Do note with some international routes it can yield bizarre results at times.
I also use it to see what gate I will be coming into and my estimated time of arrival on my current flight in the air. While this is free on Gogo and Delta, many are reporting slow or bad performance as of late. I hope this clears up soon.
Lastly if you have clicked “watching” on all your flights, as well as your inbound flights, you then have them all in one quick tab in the APP to reference without as many clicks. Very useful data.
I very few times fly other airlines but I find the Fly Delta App to be, not just well done, but offers so much great info that I rarely ever look at screens in airports. That, to me, is so useful. Plus, by doing all this, I can avoid heading to the gate (and leaving a club) before I have to by seeing if my aircraft is delayed etc.
Do you track your inbound / outbound flights in the APP as well? – René
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