After an update to their own app last week, Southwest Airlines will now let you save your boarding passes for flights to Google Pay. It means that you will have one place to go for your boarding passes, purchasing and money transfers on your Android phone. Southwest is the first airline to support this feature, which has been rumored to be coming down the pike for weeks. It follows light rail transit tickets in Las Vegas and Portland being supported in the tap-to-pay app last month.
If you have upcoming flights on Southwest, you can view your boarding pass in their app and you will see the option to add the boarding pass to Google Pay. Tap that button and your boarding pass will now appear in the Rewards & Gift Cards section of the app.
The feature has been a long time coming and has really been made possible by the complete revamp of Pay by Google itself. Hopefully other airlines will follow Southwest’s lead on this feature. As I recently documented, I’ve moved to iOS full time and the fact that I can put my boarding passes into Apple Pay is a huge time saver for me as I have one place to go on my phone to get my boarding passes.