The tip comes from user @maxmilespoints, who runs a page dedicated to travel hacks and money-saving tricks. His account is just one of the many places where TikTokers have been getting advice. In recent weeks, plenty of travel hacks have gone viral on the app — showing everything from how to properly use an airplane pillow to why you should actually buy your tickets at the airport.
In his video, @maxmilespoints shows how you can easily track flights on an iPhone. As it turns out, the feature is as simple as tapping a message.
The clip shows @maxmilespoints using his iPhone to send a message featuring his flight number. Then, he simply clicks on the text, and his phone opens a map of his flight, plus plenty of information like his estimated arrival time.
As both @maxmilespoints and other TikTokers pointed out in the comments, the trick is especially useful for helping someone pick you up from the airport — or if your loved ones just want to know your flight progress while you’re in the air.
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That said, the iPhone hack doesn’t work with every airline. However, @maxmilespoints did follow up with a list of airlines where it does work — including Delta, Alaska, American, Spirit, Southwest, JetBlue and Frontier.
Many TikTok users were shocked by the hack. Some called it “mind-blowing.”
“I fly all the time, and I never knew this,” one user wrote.
“This is so helpful,” another added.
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