Are you someone who likes to print everything off, have a nice travel wallet for your tickets and all your cash organised ready to go? Or do you rely on your smartphone and keep everything on there? A recent study found that 81% of people in the UK are making the switch from paper to e-tickets, when they travel. In addition 83% of people use smartphone apps to store travel details such as hotel bookings and itinerary details.
It can be tiresome to print all your confirmation and itinerary out as well as you tickets. Many airlines charge you for printing out tickets, so you either have to do it yourself or now use e-tickets on your smartphones. Online cartridge company, Cartridge Save, surveyed people in the UK to find out how they were adapting to the changes in technology we have seen over recent years. They found:
- 81% of people in the UK are making the switch from paper to e-tickets
- 24-35 year olds most likely to use e-tickets for travel
- 42% of those surveyed are concerned with security when using e-tickets
- 83% of people use smartphone apps to store travel details such as hotel bookings and itinerary details
“I do like the ease, of not having to print tickets or queue at ticket machines.”
“I find it easier to have tickets for travel on my phone, one less thing to look for in a bag.”
A few respondents (2%) were left undecided, with a couple of concerns around reliability and battery charge of mobile devices:
“It depends on mobile device reliability and scanable apps. Also, if wanted, tickets as souvenir.”
“It really depends. Paper doesn’t lose charge, although it would be one less thing to worry about if you have your phone with you.”
“I would prefer it on paper in case my phone battery runs out and I’m unable to travel.”
When booking train tickets, you also have the option to have them on your smartphone instead, scanning QR codes. In London obviously you have the Oyster system and also you contactless on your bank cards for tap-and-go. All these changes mean we are becoming less dependent on paper tickets.
It wasn’t just an end to tickets that Cartridge Save survey found, they also found that 55% of people would prefer to have tickets for events or gigs on their smartphones. They also uncovered some interesting facts on digital wallets and tap-and-go contactless payments.