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 … [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 … [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 … [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 … [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 … [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 … [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. … [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 … [Read more...]
Today I am making three posts on the use of ITA Matrix to search for flights. Many readers have found my posts useful, but they can be very abstract and some people have requested more real-life examples. I gave two examples during my presentation at the 2014 Chicago … [Read more...]
Planning a trip can be very time intensive if you want a good experience. Should you invest that effort? For me, the answer is usually "yes." I got into this hobby partly because I like travel but also because I like planning and organizing things. I even looked forward … [Read more...]