Bear Travel Frequently Asked Questions

Bear Travel - FAQ
What is Bear Travel?
Bear Travel makes your frequent flying life easier by keeping a record of all your upcoming flights, providing live travel updates as you are on your way, and allowing you to keep records of where you've been.
Want to have a better idea what we're talking about? Have a look at our features page.
How much does it cost?
It's free. If the site grows and additional features are added, this may change at some point, but for the time being we have no plan of adding a paid subscription model.
What does the 'Friends' function do?
Adding someone as a friend allows them to manage your flights, as well as accessing your flight data, analysis & comparison.
They need to add you as a friend before you have access to their data.
Why are you asking for personal data?
The data requested is used to offer functionality in Bear Travel. You can leave most fields empty, for all others you can simply leave the pre-populated default values or add random other data; however this will impact some of the functionality described below.
Booking Reference/PNR: Your booking reference is required to enable direct links to airline 'Manage My Booking' and 'Online Check In'.
ExpertFlyer (EF) login details: Bear Travel offers deep links to EF availability data and seat maps for those who have an EF account. In order for this to work, you need to be logged in to your EF account. This can be achieved in the following ways:
You are always logged in to EF (e.g. through a cookie) and don't need to enter a password when accessing EF. In this case you should not store your EF login details in Bear Travel.
You prefer to manually log in to EF every time. In this case there is no need to store your EF login details in Bear Travel.
You want Bear Travel to automatically create an EF session every time you log in to Bear Travel. In this case, you can store your EF credentials in Bear Travel. While we store your password in an encrypted way (AES256) it is still good security practice to make sure that you are using a unique password that is not shared with your other accounts.
Frequent Flier Information: We use your frequent flier program and membership level to make a prediction of the number of points you will earn for a flight. Please note that this is currently only fully supported for the British Airways Executive Club.
Name: Your name is required to enable direct links to airline 'Manage My Booking' or 'Online Check In' functionality. It also allows you to connect with friends on Bear Travel (such as allowing others to manage flights on your behalf or comparing their flight data to your own).
Trip Reason, Seat or Cabin of a trip: This allows for statistics over your trips to be created and - if you connect with friends on Bear Travel - to be compared with friends.
Home Address: Bear Travel checks for journey times and fare estimates with Google Maps and Uber, this requires us to know where the journey starts or ends. If you don't feel comfortable sharing this information, you may consider using the address of a nearby public building - this will protect your privacy without impacting functionality.

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