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hipmunk
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Hi everyone! Hipmunk has just released a feature that lets you use a basic, ITA-like route language to search for flights. Unlike ITA's Matrix, we also give you a way to book your flights! Just type two colons after your departure city, and then you can specify route airlines or cities.
A few examples:

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[*]Want to do a mileage run on United-marketed flights from San Francisco to Toronto, forcing 2 connections? Type SFO::UA UA UA into the "from" field, and YYZ into the "to" field. Here are the United-only flight results.
[*]Want to fly round-trip from New York to Jakarta, forcing a connection in either Hong Kong or Tokyo in both directions? Just type NYC::TYO,HKG in the "from" field, and CGK::TYO,HKG in the "to" field. Here are the results for connections in Hong Kong and Tokyo.
[*]Know your exact flight numbers? Finally, you can specify your precise desired routing! Here's a specific route's results from San Diego to Boston (SAN::AS575 AS2563 AS349 AS24 to BOS).
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Note that this feature is in beta; we don't currently support fare/alliance specifications, and the feature relies on our ability to get good data from our partner airlines. There may be certain routes or airlines where it's not a particularly smooth process; please let us know and we'll do our best to fix them!

Hipmunk co-founder

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Posted : November 9, 2011 12:54 am
Jenny & Curt
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hipmunk, post: 912566 wrote:
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[*]Know your exact flight numbers? Finally, you can specify your precise desired routing! Here's a specific route's results from San Diego to Boston (SFO::AS575 AS2563 AS349 AS24 to BOS).
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Note that this feature is in beta; we don't currently support fare/alliance specifications, and the feature relies on our ability to get good data from our partner airlines. There may be certain routes or airlines where it's not a particularly smooth process; please let us know and we'll do our best to fix them!

Cool! Do you mean SAN instead of SFO in your quote above?
Can you tell us the advantages of using Hipmunk over having ITA doing the heavy lifting?

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Posted : November 9, 2011 1:37 am
hipmunk
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Jenny & Curt, post: 912652 wrote: Cool! Do you mean SAN instead of SFO in your quote above?
Can you tell us the advantages of using Hipmunk over having ITA doing the heavy lifting?

I certainly do; thanks for the catch!

The biggest advantage: we only show a result if we actually have a way to book it! You won't have to try to painstakingly re-construct an itinerary with a travel agent or website. In addition, we can integrate with your calendar so you can see flights that fit into your schedule.

Hipmunk co-founder

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Posted : November 9, 2011 1:42 am
Lufthansa Flyer
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Welcome to MP. Love your search engine!!!!!

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Posted : November 9, 2011 1:55 am
irrawaddy
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Cool feature! Thanks!

Now, all I need is more than 3 legs for a multi-city option and I am good to go 😉

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Posted : November 9, 2011 3:31 am
irrawaddy
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I did a quick r/t search JFK::AA+ to HKG::AA+ with the fixed dates , and it was amazingly fast! Faster than ITA or AA.com. Where do guys pull the data from? Any known GDS or some proprietary data source?

Never mind, I think I just found out. It seems that you are using ITA’s QPX.

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Posted : November 9, 2011 3:57 am
nime01
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Wonderful!

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Posted : November 9, 2011 10:26 am
iolaire
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I just have to say that your bookmarkable search query URL's are great!

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Posted : November 9, 2011 12:42 pm
harvson3
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This is really cool. Love that the guide/options appear as I type.

Could you add multiple booking options? E.g., if I find the route on Cathay Pacific, I can book on either Orbitz or CA itself?

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Posted : November 9, 2011 12:55 pm
mrredskin
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any way around the Google Chrome frame? using IE at work and can't install third party options like that without admin approval

Think Blue

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Posted : November 9, 2011 1:10 pm
hipmunk
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Thanks for your feedback, everyone. 🙂

irrawaddy, post: 912900 wrote: Now, all I need is more than 3 legs for a multi-city option and I am good to go 😉

We're working on it!

iolaire, post: 913918 wrote: I just have to say that your bookmarkable search query URL's are great!

Thanks. Did you know you they can even store searches that cover more than one day? Use the + and - buttons on the frontpage and take a look at the URLs to see what I mean.

harvson3, post: 913930 wrote: Could you add multiple booking options? E.g., if I find the route on Cathay Pacific, I can book on either Orbitz or CA itself?

We're working on many more direct-to-airline links. Some airlines have better websites than others, as I'm sure you know, so sometimes this can take some time. 🙂

mrredskin, post: 913944 wrote: any way around the Google Chrome frame? using IE at work and can't install third party options like that without admin approval

Unfortunately not; older browsers without Chrome Frame can't handle all our fancy graphics very well. Do you have any other browsers you can use, like Firefox?

Hipmunk co-founder

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Posted : November 9, 2011 3:04 pm
iolaire
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Multiple "tabs" are even bookmark able!

For example here is flight to Vegas this week, hotel in Vegas this week, and Amsterdam hotel in the summer all on the same window via tabs.
http://www.hipmunk.com/#!NYC.LAS,Nov11.Nov14;Las+Vegas+NV,Nov11.Nov14&1;Amsterdam+Netherlands,Aug15.Aug18@2

I can see this being very helpful for sharing travel options with my wife via email.

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Posted : November 9, 2011 4:47 pm
mrredskin
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hipmunk, post: 914106 wrote:

Unfortunately not; older browsers without Chrome Frame can't handle all our fancy graphics very well. Do you have any other browsers you can use, like Firefox?

not at work. sad thing is, we just "upgraded" to ie7. anyone that says that all aspects of the govt spending money is wasteful, please see me first :/

Think Blue

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Posted : November 9, 2011 5:53 pm
CDKing
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Wow even helps you with what to put after the ::

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Posted : November 9, 2011 10:27 pm
irrawaddy
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CDKing wrote: Wow even helps you with what to put after the ::

Yup! Can't wait till they enable autocomplete search with booking codes / fares like ITA's "/f AA..oxl-" and such.

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Posted : November 9, 2011 10:49 pm
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