The holidays are coming, and if you haven't already booked your flights you may be in for a rude surprise. Here are some of my favorite tips for booking cheaper flights when demand is tight. They're also handy any time of year when you think a particular fare costs more than it "should." There are some other crazy tricks like hidden city ticketing that I don't discuss here, but for the average traveler these tips … [Read more...]
Posts about "ITA Matrix"
These are the posts I've written about using ITA Matrix to search for flights.
I sometimes think the number one reason people read travel blogs is to find ways to book cheap flights. Even if they aren't the largest expense (hotels are cheaper per night, but probably a larger cost overall), airfare is so variable and inscrutable that some people find booking flights intimidating. These are seven tips that I find are the most helpful when trying to find a good deal. Not all are necessary or will … [Read more...]
Last week The Points Guy criticized ITA Matrix as a useless tool for finding airfare. I have a bit of a reputation to stake on ITA as it continues to be the biggest driver of new search traffic to this blog. I want to believe it has a few years left before it gives up the ghost, and a recent update to version 3 hopefully suggests that all is not yet lost. But I won't deny that it has had problems going back a year … [Read more...]
Before the holidays, I described the changes implemented in ITA Matrix version 3, which included a few cosmetic improvements and fixed some of the buggy timeouts that were frustrating users. But more than anything, I think many of us were simply happy to see this as evidence that Google was committed to maintaining the site after they acquired ITA. I originally said that one of the unfortunate changes was the loss … [Read more...]
One of my favorite flight search tools received an unannounced update on Monday. ITA Matrix -- which was purchased by Google a couple years ago -- had been acting up lately with slow queries that often timed out or just completely failed. Many people suspected that Google was either going to kill or or just ignore it until someone remembered to turn off the servers. Google purchased the company largely for the … [Read more...]
During FTU I gave two talks, on ITA Matrix and ExpertFlyer, in which the central message was that an educated customer is better prepared to get the best flight for the lowest price. These search tools don't magically create low fares. They just help you find the low fares that already exist. Not all airline websites or online travel agencies work very well, so it can be very useful to know what you ought to be … [Read more...]
I'm providing some step-by-step examples of real scenarios to help people learn to use ITA Matrix based on feedback from this blog and my Chicago Seminars presentation. Let's imagine you want to book a flight on United Airlines and apply a Global Premier Upgrade. United has certain restrictions on who operates the flight (United), who sells the flight (United), and the fare class (W or higher). You can also … [Read more...]
I'm providing some step-by-step examples of real scenarios to help people learn to use ITA Matrix based on feedback from this blog and my Chicago Seminars presentation. Let's imagine you want to book a flight, and because you're a member of United MileagePlus, you want to book a flight on a Star Alliance carrier. The first step is to open ITA Matrix, plug in your dates and cities, and then add a little advanced … [Read more...]