Do you have our app?

Recently I took a trip, the first one in more than 18 months, and it was unquestionably weird to be back at the airport, in an airplane, and waiting in a rental car line (for one hour and 20 minutes; hello, Avis.)

The good news (?) is that the usual travel irritants still exist and then some. Something I either forgot about, or just forgot that I hated, was all the requests to download mobile apps during a trip.

I always download the airline app when I fly, but I did not appreciate the number of times I need to — or was asked to — download an app.

A few examples:

  • Rental car
  • Hotel
  • Regional restaurants
  • Grocery stores
  • Gas stations
  • Public parking

I will grant you that phone apps are easier to manage than having to keep track of a dozen physical travel membership cards. And yes, I know — I know! — I can delete any app I download the second I don’t need it, and I do.

I just don’t like having to tap “download”, hope there’s a decent signal and, if there is, signing up for a new account or trying to find my login info.

The End