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iPhone integration to Help Essential Travel Customers Ease Into Their Parking Space

It's 3am and you're racing to find the airport car park in time to check in for your flight. The kids are moaning at the back and you're trying to decipher a badly printed map in the gloom, or, even worse, rifling through a multitude of print outs, looking for the one that contains the telephone number to let your Meet & Greet driver know that you are on your way. It's not the best start to what should be a relaxing break.

Until now. As from today, Essential Travel customers with an iPhone with iOS6 can use the Apple app, Passbook - Apple's digital equivalent to carrying around a wallet of vouchers, store cards, event tickets and boarding passes without adding to the bulge of your wallet or straining the seams of your purse.

Smartphone users with the App will be able to:

  • See an alert about their parking pop up on their phone's main lock screen as they get close to the car park, ensuring the pass is there when they need it
  • Go to the back of the pass, click on the phone number for the car park or their Meet and Greet driver
  • Click on the postcode and their phone will locate the car park in the map app

Passbook is a free app that can be used on:

  • iPhone 3GS
  • iPhone 4
  • iPhone 4S
  • iPhone 5
  • iPod touch (4th and 5th generation)

It comes as part of iOS6 and it's free! You will need to download and upgrade to iOS6 if you haven't already. Andriod smartphone users need to install Passwallet to use the passes. For more information on using Passbook visit:

Spokesperson for Essential Travel, Stuart Bensusan, commented: "We are very excited about being an early adopter of this new technology and are looking for even more ways this can be of benefit to our customers in the future."

Essential Travel joins Odeon, Lufthansa, American Airlines and Starbucks as one of the first wave of companies to use the new technology. For more information visit:

About Essential Travel

Established in 2001, Essential Travel is one of the UK's leading online travel essentials companies. Since 2002, we've protected over 5 million holidaymakers with our fully-comprehensive, competitively-priced travel insurance, as well as providing priority access to the most sought after car parks, hotels and lounges at all major airports across the UK.

Essential Travel is now part of Holiday Extras.