Boarding passes and tickets coming soon to Google Pay
Airline and event tickets have been making their way to Google Pay for a while. But at today’s Build with Google Pay session, the company has finally publicly announced the feature, in concert with Urban Airship. With it, you’ll be able to quickly and easily access tickets for everything from flights to sporting events, all from the convenience of the Google Pay app.
Google has been working to add native support for transit tickets and passes for some time—we’ve reported on related transit ticket findings via APK Teardowns before. We also knew that airline boarding passes were specifically due to hit sometime soon, and 9to5’s Abner Li was even able to trigger the behavior a bit early on his trip to this year’s I/O developer conference.
According to Urban Airship’s press release on the subject, it’s been working together with Google to ensure its platform and APIs are compatible with Google Pay. Urban Airship’s services are used by companies such as Alaska Airlines, Jet Airways, Caesars Entertainment, and Regal Cinemas; and Google has further announced partnerships with Singapore Airlines, Southwest, Eventbrite, and Fortress GB.
There’s no information yet on precise availability details (they’re likely to vary from airline to airline, etc.), but with that sort of sponsorship behind the effort, it may not be long until those tickets are in your Google Pay app.