Here’s a terrific, free idea for a Valentine’s Day gift, even if belated: Scandinavian Airlines has published the eighth edition of the SAS Crew Guide, its annual travel guidebook. The guide is mainly available as a free app for iPhone, iPod Touch and Android devices.

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Costing $1.99 to buy, the ‘Onmaway’ app automatically lets other people know a user’s location over time, whether it be their spouse while the user is away for 20 minutes or the user’s social network for the length of a cross-country or international trip lasting months.

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Alaska Airlines has relaunched its application for the iPhone and iPod touch in order to offer several new features aimed at providing customers with convenient and quick access to their most important travel information.

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A survey of more than 4,700 international business travelers published by travel-, medical-, security- and concierge-assistance firm International SOS reveals that a high majority of those traveling to high-risk destinations are happy to have their locations tracked via their mobile devices.

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Compatible with iPhone and Android devices, the Tourism Australia app includes a number of features aimed at reinforcing the organization’s global marketing campaign, ‘There’s nothing like Australia’.

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Known as the iMapWeather Radio App, the system provides information on life-threatening weather – from tornadoes to floods to hurricanes – on a mobile device and offers features that the developer says go beyond traditional weather radio broadcasting services.

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The SkyTeam iPhone App contains a variety of useful features for travelers, including worldwide airline flight schedules, flight status, weather information with seven-day forecasts, notifications to users of updates and changes, an airport locator and important contact phone numbers.

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Guests traveling with Virgin America are able to earn bonus points in Virgin America’s Elevate frequent-flyer program by virtually ‘checking in’ at the airline’s airport terminals, gates and other locations. Each ‘check-in’ using location-based mobile applications such as Facebook Places and Foursquare will earn guests 25 Elevate points.

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Along with a newly designed home page at delta.com introduced earlier this week, the Delta Ticket Window offers the first visual cues of Delta Air Lines’ planned transformation in customer-facing technology.

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American Airlines has released the first version of its iPhone application, saying the free app for iPhone and iPod Touch offers customers a new way to stay connected with the airline while they are traveling.

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Business travelers rank adjusting travel plans, making dinner reservations and checking into hotels as three of the top four mobile applications, according to a late-March 2010 survey from Omni Hotels & Resorts.

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Airport ground-transportation operator The GO Group has launched a new web-based application that allows travelers to book a GO airport shuttle from their iPhones.

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Alaska Airlines and sister regional carrier Horizon Air have launched three mobile travel applications designed for iPhone, BlackBerry and Windows Mobile users.

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La Quinta Inns & Suites has launched a free iPhone and iPod Touch application through the iTunes App Store to help its customers find and book at any LaQuinta hotel.

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Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport and Sabre Travel Studios have joined forces to provide travel information to passengers via their mobile phones with TripCase, a smart phone application available now on the iPhone and BlackBerry platforms.

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