Air New Zealand is lightening the load of travel for its customers, launching a baggage tracking feature to all app users from today.
Customers travelling on the airline’s domestic and international services will now be able to track the last recorded status of their bag as it makes its way through the airport processing system, onto the aircraft, and finally, arrives at its destination.
After making the case for a successful pilot of the programme in April this year, Air New Zealand is pushing the feature to all app users, giving them peace of mind that their luggage is on the journey with them.
“We’re always listening to our customers to understand how we can make their journey with us as smooth as possible,” chief customer office and sales officer, Air New Zealand, Leanne Geraghty, said.
“We heard from them that being able to track their bags’ location would make their experience even more stress-free, so we quickly began making that customer request a reality.
“Since April, over 8,000 customers have successfully tracked their checked-in baggage in our trial phase with the in-app feature. We’ve had overwhelmingly positive feedback from customers who have tested the feature too.
“What’s more, in the unlikely event of your baggage taking a detour, the app now provides customers with the ability to report delayed or damaged baggage, as well as monitor the status of an existing report further simplifying the reunification process and allowing customers to easily monitor their bags’ delivery.
“Customers can also submit a report via our website and receive updates on their claim status by email.”
The Air NZ app baggage tracking feature has been successfully piloted by 25 per cent of domestic customers and five per cent of international customers after its launch in April.
How does the baggage tracking feature work?
At bag drop, your physical bag tag is scanned and a ‘check status’ button will appear on your flight details screen.
As your bag is scanned throughout its journey, the check status feature will tell you where your bag is in the travel process.
For example, when your bag has been loaded onto the aircraft, the feature will say “Your bag has been loaded on to flight NZ535 to Christchurch.”
When your bag has arrived at your destination with you, the feature will display, “Your bag has arrived in Christchurch.”
In the unlikely event that your bag hasn’t joined you for the journey, you can select ‘My baggage hasn’t arrived’ and follow the steps to report a delayed bag.
The baggage tracking feature is now accessible in the Air NZ app, available for download on both iOS and Android devices. For existing app users, the feature will be added through an automatic app update.
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