More Tips on ITA Advanced Routing Language

Advanced Routing ITA

Brad told me a while ago that I should continue my series on how to use ITA, focusing on how to combine different pieces of advanced routing language when using ITA's Matrix search engine. ITA is one of the most powerful ways to search for flights, with rules that will allow you to specify … [Read more...]

Other Features of ITA Fare Matrix

This week I’m reviewing some of my most popular posts, including how to use ITA Software’s Fare Matrix. If you’ve never used it before, today’s post will not make any sense. I suggest you read Part 1 first, and maybe Part 2. Part 1: Introduction to ITA Fare Matrix Part 2: Using … [Read more...]

Using Routing Language with ITA Fare Matrix


Today I'm going to show you the true power of the ITA Fare Matrix search engine. Some of this routing language has been incorporated into Hipmunk, although it's not widely publicized. (Read my reviews to learn more; there are links in yesterday's Hipmunk Giveaway post.) Yesterday I … [Read more...]

Introduction to ITA Fare Matrix

I have another interview coming soon and no time for writing new posts. This blog has grown tremendously since I started writing in January, so I thought I'd share a few of my earliest and most popular posts this week. I've also gone through and edited them for clarity in some cases. But … [Read more...]

Are Y-Up Fares or Mileage Runs Better for Free Upgrades?

One of my blog posts recently got picked up by Lifehacker, and while I’m pretty stoked about the extra publicity, it also prompted some questions from new readers. The article was discussing the usefulness of Y-Up fares to save money on first class upgrades. These tickets are essentially … [Read more...]

Upgradeable Fares Can Cost Double on United vs. American


A few days ago I provided a comparison of United's Premier 1K status and American's Executive Platinum status. One of the benefits of top-tier status with an airline is usually systemwide upgrade certificates, and a reader asked if I could compare the actual cost of purchasing an … [Read more...]