Apple Passbook and how it might affect travel

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Apple’s new Passbook app is a great place to store loyalty cards and tickets.  But this could be Apple’s first major step into mobile wallet space. Part of the Apple iTravel plan?

For now, Apple is touting the app as a universal place for loyalty cards, tickets, boarding passes and store cards.

“The new Passbook app is the simplest way to get all your passes in one place, such as boarding passes and baseball tickets,” said Apple. “Passbook lets you scan your iPhone or iPod touch to use a coupon, get into a concert or check into your hotel.”

It features scannable QR codes, location-enabled alerts, and real-time updates — which are available even when your phone is locked.

“Passbook automatically displays your passes on your Lock Screen based on a specific time or location, so when you walk into your favorite coffee shop your loyalty card appears and you can scan it to buy a coffee or check your balance. Passbook can even alert you to last-minute gate changes or flight delays at the airport,” said Apple.

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