I’ve been watching this app closely because it has promised to visualize your previous flight paths. And using this visualization, you can literally print your flight paths.
But for now, this flight tracking app is in beta, which means your options are limited.
It currently works a lot like FlightTrackerPro/TripIt. The pro-version of both of these flight tracking apps offer alerts for gate changes, delays, cancellations and airline flight status. So there isn’t that much difference in what you can track.
What sets Flying apart as a flight tracking app is that it also offers a social component. You can earn stamps in your e-passport as you travel and share them with friends. You can also see if you are going to cross flight paths with a friend. This is pretty similar to FourSquare, including a competition for the person who earns the most points. Except with Foursquare, you can tell if you are currently at the same airport as a friend. It seems with Flying, I’ll be able to tell ahead of time if I’m going to cross paths with a friend.
In addition to visualizing your flights, Flying will keep track of how far you’ve traveled in the world. How close are you to the moon in miles flown?
That’s really interesting, but I couldn’t see myself switching to new app to keep track of my flights. The good news is Flying is trying to work with TripIt to automatically import your previous and future flights into the app. This would make the social aspect easier, and if you’ve kept track of all your previous flights in TripIt, you can get a pretty cool visualization of your flights.
Months ago, I read they were interested in connecting with FourSquare. That’s where I keep track of everywhere I’ve been, so I would love it if this happened. I doubt Foursquare would want to work with them though. The service is too similar, and many people use Foursquare to show off their travels–not just where they land, but the places they eat. So this wouldn’t be giving Foursquare a complementary customer base, it would be going after Foursquare’s current customer base. It offers the social aspects, PLUS flight tracking. I think if they were offering just the flight tracking aspect to tie to Foursquare (and even auto-check them into Foursquare when they land), there would be more room for partnership.