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User currently offlineLuv2cattlecall From United States of America, joined Sep 2007, 1650 posts, RR: 2
Posted (5 years 6 months 1 week 6 days 19 hours ago) and read 7194 times:
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For quite awhile, airlines have tied advertising with boarding documents - such as hotel and car rental offers on the ticket jacket, or as FL did, Vitamin Water. That kind of advertising is acceptable, since it's non-intrusive and causes you no harm....

Lately, however, it looks like airlines are forcing those of us who use online check-in to use our ink (at $40/cartridge) to print irrelevant ads! Delta has done this for some time, but the one that sticks out is WN - because of how graphic-rich they are and how much of the page they cover. This is even more surprising considering that Southwest made a minor deal out of having the boarding group and # written in outlines without fill - saying that it's another way they save you $$ (see the number 22 in the photo below).

That boarding pass is from an hour ago, and it also hits on my pet peeve of outdated signs and ads...it should no longer say that MSP service is "Starting" on March 8th...that implies that it's an even that will occur in the future

What other airlines do this, and what are everyone's thoughts on it?




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User currently offlinePGNCS From United States of America, joined Apr 2007, 2825 posts, RR: 45
Reply 1, posted (5 years 6 months 1 week 6 days 19 hours ago) and read 7187 times:

Then by all means feel free to switch to an airline that doesn't cost so much for ink.  Yeah sure

User currently offline2H4 From United States of America, joined Oct 2004, 8955 posts, RR: 59
Reply 2, posted (5 years 6 months 1 week 6 days 19 hours ago) and read 7180 times:
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Instead of using the "print this screen" feature on various sites, use Gadwin Printscreen (available for free here) to select only the relevant portion of the boarding pass and grab a screen capture of it. Set it to output screen captures as .jpegs, open the resulting image, and print it out.

Gadwin Printscreen is one of the most useful applications I've ever downloaded.

2H4



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User currently offlineBeagleboys From Italy, joined Jun 2006, 230 posts, RR: 0
Reply 3, posted (5 years 6 months 1 week 6 days 19 hours ago) and read 7176 times:

or you can use "print selection" feature of your browser....


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User currently offline2H4 From United States of America, joined Oct 2004, 8955 posts, RR: 59
Reply 4, posted (5 years 6 months 1 week 6 days 19 hours ago) and read 7159 times:
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Quoting PGNCS (Reply 1):
Then by all means feel free to switch to an airline that doesn't cost so much for ink.

I think it's a valid complaint. It's irritating to watch your ink cartridges run dry as they print unwanted and unsolicited advertisements for you.  yes 

2H4



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User currently offlineJetstar From United States of America, joined May 2003, 1648 posts, RR: 10
Reply 5, posted (5 years 6 months 1 week 6 days 18 hours ago) and read 7123 times:
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Quoting Luv2cattlecall (Thread starter):
Lately, however, it looks like airlines are forcing those of us who use online check-in to use our ink (at $40/cartridge) to print irrelevant ads! Delta has done this for some time

I fly Delta and print my own boarding passes when I can.

When you get the “It’s time to check in” e-mail 24 hours before the flight, when you go to print your boarding pass, after the boarding pass page opens up, there is a small box on the page that you can check so it does not print the advertising. Check mark this box before printing your boarding pass and it will only print your boarding pass

If I remember correctly it is under the first boarding pass if it is a round trip.

JetStar


User currently offlineDeltAirlines From United States of America, joined May 1999, 8902 posts, RR: 12
Reply 6, posted (5 years 6 months 1 week 6 days 18 hours ago) and read 7103 times:

Delta does it and I have no problem with it. I tri-fold my paper anyway, so it's not like I notice it.

Also like on the destination one, it has the local weather for the next few days on there, plus if there's any sports games going on in the city, it calls that out (nice for me as a sports fan).


User currently offlineADXMatt From United States of America, joined Jul 2006, 951 posts, RR: 2
Reply 7, posted (5 years 6 months 1 week 6 days 18 hours ago) and read 7084 times:

Maybe Southwest will offer for a fee a boarding pass version without the advertising? J/K


Fly Continental and have your boarding pass sent to your cell phone/PDA. Saves the paper and the ink.


User currently offlineSimairlinenet From United States of America, joined Oct 2005, 917 posts, RR: 2
Reply 8, posted (5 years 6 months 1 week 6 days 17 hours ago) and read 7010 times:



Quoting Beagleboys (Reply 3):
or you can use "print selection" feature of your browser....

...which will also often mean you print only one page instead of two, and therefore save paper.


User currently offlineJBo From Sweden, joined Jan 2005, 2343 posts, RR: 0
Reply 9, posted (5 years 6 months 1 week 6 days 17 hours ago) and read 6956 times:



Quoting Simairlinenet (Reply 8):

...which will also often mean you print only one page instead of two, and therefore save paper.

...or you just use Firefox with AdBlock and most of that stuff won't show in the first place. Big grin



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User currently offlineMalaysia From United States of America, joined Nov 1999, 3352 posts, RR: 0
Reply 10, posted (5 years 6 months 1 week 6 days 17 hours ago) and read 6945 times:

Some airlines even have an option on the page saying, print just bording pass minus the advertisements or destination information


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User currently offlinePilotboi From United States of America, joined Sep 2007, 2366 posts, RR: 9
Reply 11, posted (5 years 6 months 1 week 6 days 17 hours ago) and read 6945 times:

I was once checking in an elderly couple and their conformation email had an "adult-oriented" ad on it. I don't think they even noticed it, LOL.

User currently offlineSignol From United Kingdom, joined Oct 2007, 3005 posts, RR: 8
Reply 12, posted (5 years 6 months 1 week 6 days 7 hours ago) and read 6752 times:

This seems like an idea that Ryanair will come up with before long... Anyone entered their competition?  Wink

signol



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User currently offlineManu From Canada, joined Dec 2004, 406 posts, RR: 7
Reply 13, posted (5 years 6 months 1 week 6 days 6 hours ago) and read 6719 times:

I was actually amazed when I first saw the ads on Delta boarding passes. AC doesn't do it, so not yet really impacted. I rarely fly Delta or Southwest given they typically don't go where I need to without connecting through ATL.

User currently offlineFrmrCAPCADET From United States of America, joined May 2008, 1718 posts, RR: 1
Reply 14, posted (5 years 6 months 1 week 6 days 2 hours ago) and read 6589 times:

I print mine on a black and white laser printer, not much of a problem. I put our household on rations, default printer is the laser, and color printing requires attaching a cable. I don't like paying for cartridges, plus all the bother they entail keeping the blessed things working.


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User currently offlineIflyswa From United States of America, joined exactly 8 years ago today! , 154 posts, RR: 4
Reply 15, posted (5 years 6 months 1 week 6 days 2 hours ago) and read 6543 times:

This isn't a recent development, Southwest began placing ads on boarding passes retrieved from southwest.com around October/November, 2008. Actually, this is an improvement (in response to Customer feedback) over the initial advertisements that appeared in full-color.

Personally, I feel the ads could be equally effective without the solid fill backgrounds.

Meanwhile, setting your printer to draft or economy mode for printing the boarding passes helps (in addition to the selective screen capture methods mentioned above).

Another option to keep in mind is that you may checkin online via southwest.com, thus reserving your boarding position, and print your boarding pass at the Skycap podium or the E-Ticket Check-In kiosk on arrival at the airport. Not only does it save ink, it also wastes less paper. Fortunately, Skycap and kiosk lines aren't usually long, so, in general, it shouldn't take much additional time even for Customers that travel only with a carryon.

iflyswa

[Edited 2009-03-13 10:04:52]


Opinions expressed by "iflyswa" are not those of Southwest Airlines Officers, Directors, or Employees.
User currently offlineWNBob From United States of America, joined Nov 2007, 166 posts, RR: 0
Reply 16, posted (5 years 6 months 1 week 6 days 2 hours ago) and read 6511 times:



Quoting Luv2cattlecall (Thread starter):
(at $40/cartridge)

Spoken like a true $49.95 PAX. Big grin

Well lots of u already provided alternatives, then there is one more, just print it WO the printer turned on. This will "register" your boarding priority wo printing. Then when u get to the airport, find a kiost then do a REPRINT.

LOTS of ways baby!


User currently offlineYflyer From United States of America, joined Feb 2007, 1030 posts, RR: 1
Reply 17, posted (5 years 6 months 1 week 6 days 1 hour ago) and read 6475 times:



Quoting 2H4 (Reply 4):
I think it's a valid complaint. It's irritating to watch your ink cartridges run dry as they print unwanted and unsolicited advertisements for you.

I'm surprised no one mentioned the obvious solution yet -- print your boarding pass at work.  Wink


User currently offlineRgreenftm From United States of America, joined Jan 2008, 299 posts, RR: 0
Reply 18, posted (5 years 6 months 1 week 6 days ago) and read 6412 times:

You can always do what I do - Use the airline's ink! Check in via the internet, but don't print the pass, at the airport, just go to a kiosk and print your boarding pass there. I used to print them out at home, but found I kept loosing them anyways, and now I just don't even try.

User currently offlineDeltAirlines From United States of America, joined May 1999, 8902 posts, RR: 12
Reply 19, posted (5 years 6 months 1 week 5 days 23 hours ago) and read 6361 times:



Quoting Yflyer (Reply 17):
I'm surprised no one mentioned the obvious solution yet -- print your boarding pass at work.

I often do that - I'll work during the day and take a flight out at about 5 p.m. that afternoon - I'll often print my BPs during the day at work, so I can go right to security at MSP and be at the WC having a beer within 15 minutes of leaving my desk at my office (oh the joys of working 2 miles down the freeway from the airport).

For my return flights, I'll OLCI in the hotel lobby - many hotels now have a designated computer that will only let you print airline BPs and access the hotel's website. I've done this at several hotels (THEhotel in Las Vegas, Westin in Hollywood, Fla., W in Chicago) in the past month.


User currently offlineIAD51FL From United States of America, joined Dec 2006, 354 posts, RR: 3
Reply 20, posted (5 years 6 months 1 week 5 days 20 hours ago) and read 6307 times:



Quoting Rgreenftm (Reply 18):
You can always do what I do - Use the airline's ink! Check in via the internet, but don't print the pass, at the airport, just go to a kiosk and print your boarding pass there. I used to print them out at home, but found I kept loosing them anyways, and now I just don't even try.

Just dont show up late... once the flight is restricted then it will not print you a boarding pass. I have had many people show up late and cry because they are "checked-in" but yet do not have a boarding pass.

Chris



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User currently offlineSeemyseems From United Kingdom, joined Jan 2009, 967 posts, RR: 7
Reply 21, posted (5 years 6 months 1 week 5 days 20 hours ago) and read 6283 times:

I have a KL e-ticket with an Avis advert on it.


seemyseems
User currently offlineFWAERJ From United States of America, joined Jun 2006, 3753 posts, RR: 2
Reply 22, posted (5 years 6 months 1 week 5 days 19 hours ago) and read 5924 times:

AA does this, too.

I remember when AA was doing a "dry run" of boarding pass ads late last summer, and they slapped an ad for their AA.com DealFinder software on my FWA-DFW-LAW boarding pass. (Doesn't help me... I use a Mac, and DealFinder is only available for Windows... and I've tried the Windows version on a PC and it's buggy anyway.) Turns out that when I got to my hotel, I read that AA was about to do ads for other companies, possibly destination-based ones, on boarding passes. It made sense to me then.

Haven't flown AA since (mainly because I try to pile on miles with SkyTeam carriers auch as DL), but I wonder what ads AA pax have seen on their boAArding pAAsses...



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User currently offlineIkramerica From United States of America, joined May 2005, 21532 posts, RR: 59
Reply 23, posted (5 years 6 months 1 week 5 days 18 hours ago) and read 5901 times:

Solution? Buy a laser printer and stop wasting money on $40 ink cartridges!

I have a laser and an inkjet, only use the inkjet for certain color prints, and haven't bought a new ink cartridge or toner cartridge for a long time...

Quoting DeltAirlines (Reply 6):
Also like on the destination one, it has the local weather for the next few days on there, plus if there's any sports games going on in the city, it calls that out (nice for me as a sports fan).

Yes, I like DL's information. It is useful for the destination.

I do turn it off when heading home, as I don't need them to tell me about the Hollywood Walk of Fame, that the Clippers have another game to lose, or that it will be "Sunny and 72 degrees" for the next five days.  Smile

Quoting Rgreenftm (Reply 18):
Check in via the internet, but don't print the pass, at the airport, just go to a kiosk and print your boarding pass there.

I do this a lot, too, because it's much easier to carry around a 1/3rd slip than a folded A4 or 8.5x11, plus when you print at the airport, it will have your correct gate. At home, it usually has a "check gate" tag or the wrong gate anyway.



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User currently offlineWNBob From United States of America, joined Nov 2007, 166 posts, RR: 0
Reply 24, posted (5 years 6 months 1 week 5 days 11 hours ago) and read 5761 times:

Plus who buys $40 brand-name carts? I buy OEM from eBay at 1/5 the cost, and they work better! don't dry as quick.

25 Airbazar : I don't know about WN, but both AA and DL give you the option to print the boarding pass without the adds. It's easy to miss it but the option is ther
26 ADent : I didn't get ads on my WN boarding passes this week - but I typically use Firefox with AdBlock Plus. I saw others in line with ads.
27 HAMAD : now, i don't think that this single boarding pass will use up your whole ink cartridge! now thats a harsh option, eventhough i kinda felt that way, b
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