How to Use ITA Matrix to Avoid (or Find) Codeshares

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Many airlines operate codeshare flights. These are flights operated by one carrier (sometimes referred to as "the metal") but sold with a different flight number. For example, American Airlines doesn't operate any flights between Seattle and San Francisco despite serving both airports from … [Read more...]

An Introductory Guide to Fare Rules

I’m discussing airline inventory this week, including fare class availability, fares themselves, and fare construction. A lot of talk about fares for a product some people don’t think is priced very fairly at all. But maybe that's just because they don't know what to look for. I get upset, … [Read more...]

How to Combine Availability and Published Fares

I’m discussing airline inventory this week, including fare class availability, fares themselves, and fare construction. A lot of talk about fares for a product some people don’t think is priced very fairly at all. :P Now I know a lot of you are probably interested in award space, but this … [Read more...]

Where to Find Information on Fare Class Availability

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On Friday last week, I provided a brief introduction to how airline inventory works and why that matters when you try to understand how much a particular ticket should cost. There are two factors in particular, the published fares (which require to specific "fare classes" or "booking … [Read more...]

The Risk of Constantly Changing Fares

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A friend of mine recently booked travel to Peru and had some trouble finding a promotional fare. It seemed that after finding the low fare the first time around, a short time later it was gone, only to reappear a few hours after that. Although the Global Distribution Systems (GDSs) that … [Read more...]

An Example of Using Fares and Availability to Book a Real Trip

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This post is part of a continuing series on using fare rules and inventory data to book a trip at the best price. Understanding Airline Inventory Finding Fare Class Availability Matching Availability to Published Fares Deciphering Fare Rules An Example of Using Fares and … [Read more...]