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misterbwong
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ahh ic. I missed that checkbox at the bottom.

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Posted : November 18, 2011 3:52 pm
SkyBuck
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744, post: 921411 wrote: I have minor request. Would it be possible to add distance information for each leg when you click on flight options? It'd be nice to have a quick glimpse as to the miles involved without going to a mileage calculator? Maybe you guys can put in a "distance" tab in the sort fields you already have

The ability to sort by price per mile would be great, too. 🙂

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Posted : November 22, 2011 2:27 pm
Smilee
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With the unfortunate end of ITA matrix1, I was realived to hear that Hipmunk launch a similar version with the added benefit of a link to purchase tickets.

Is there a way to do multiple city searches. For example in ITA we could have done
JFK;BOS;MIA in the search city parameter so it would look for flights departing either JFK, or Boston or Miami. Any way to do this in Hipmunk.

Also hoping that you will one day add the ability to do fare bucket levles such as ITA's /f bc=X

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Posted : December 12, 2011 4:41 pm
hipmunk
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Smilee, post: 1039820 wrote: Is there a way to do multiple city searches. For example in ITA we could have done
JFK;BOS;MIA in the search city parameter so it would look for flights departing either JFK, or Boston or Miami. Any way to do this in Hipmunk.

Yes—the same way you would do it on matrix!

Also hoping that you will one day add the ability to do fare bucket levles such as ITA's /f bc=X

Noted 🙂

Hipmunk co-founder

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Posted : December 12, 2011 7:18 pm
Smilee
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hipmunk, post: 1040860 wrote: Yes—the same way you would do it on matrix!

Noted 🙂

I tried a couple of different things.

I tried FRA;LHR;BUD;MAD (semicolons between each city) and it said "those airport are too far apart" I also tried as I would in ITA
JFK;BOS;MIA::AA+ and it said "that might be broken, or a little to complex"

What is the correct syntax for doing a range of cities for the destination or origin? Is there a help page which lists sample commands that one could use?

Suggestion for syntax?

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Posted : December 13, 2011 12:15 am
hipmunk
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Smilee, post: 1043156 wrote: I tried a couple of different things.

I tried FRA;LHR;BUD;MAD (semicolons between each city) and it said "those airport are too far apart" I also tried as I would in ITA
JFK;BOS;MIA::AA+ and it said "that might be broken, or a little to complex"

What is the correct syntax for doing a range of cities for the destination or origin? Is there a help page which lists sample commands that one could use?

Suggestion for syntax?

Aha! We currently don't support searches from airports in different timezones. In the second case, just use commas instead of semicolons.

Hipmunk co-founder

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Posted : December 13, 2011 7:19 pm
skit53
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hipmunk, post: 1050213 wrote: Aha! We currently don't support searches from airports in different timezones. In the second case, just use commas instead of semicolons.

I hope you guys add that feature soon! It would certainly help us find good MR candidates.

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Posted : December 15, 2011 2:30 am
impsycho
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Tried it out and it works great. I used it to list flt options and book my flight.

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Posted : December 23, 2011 4:33 am
MyMiles&Points
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it's been helpful, especially with the old ita matrix disappearing

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Posted : December 23, 2011 2:11 pm
unavaca
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Just another vote for fare class search to be added...

If you guys get this, you'll be the only way for people to reliably book SFO-ORD in W class online for DEQM.

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Posted : January 5, 2012 5:58 pm
hipmunk
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unavaca, post: 1107902 wrote: Just another vote for fare class search to be added...

If you guys get this, you'll be the only way for people to reliably book SFO-ORD in W class online for DEQM.

Thanks for the suggestion! We're looking into how best to do it.

Hipmunk co-founder

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Posted : January 5, 2012 6:33 pm
Jenny & Curt
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hipmunk, post: 1107952 wrote: Thanks for the suggestion! We're looking into how best to do it.

Hurry, hurry!

“There are no foreign lands. It is the traveler only who is foreign.”
~Robert Louis Stevenson

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Posted : January 5, 2012 9:54 pm
hipmunk
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hipmunk, post: 1050213 wrote: Aha! We currently don't support searches from airports in different timezones. In the second case, just use commas instead of semicolons.

A heads-up that you can now use commas now to separate multiple airport codes. 🙂

Hipmunk co-founder

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Posted : January 17, 2012 6:35 pm
 Anonymous

It looks encouraging so far but to make Hipmunk into the killer tool we need, more work needs to be done on the search facilities:
[LIST]
[*]search by fare basis (already suggested)
[*]search by booking class (already suggested)
[*]target specific flights (e.g. BA115) within a date range to check availability
[*]multiple sectors - at least 4 required (already suggested)
[*]combining multiple sets of search criteria like those above
[*]wider timeframes for searching flights (see below)
[*]support for all the options that ITA Software Route Language supports. These include codeshare, minconnect (which can force fares to be shown that allow stopovers using e.g."minconnect 1440") and connection points. While keeping the simple point to point search box Hipmunk needs an "advanced interface" where the search can be expanded to include this additional data. And wider data entry boxes.
[*]The advanced data then needs to be transferred e.g. to Orbitz so that flights can be booked.
[/list]
Let me try to explain why the advanced search facilities are so important.

Firstly, no one else is offering this in a user friendly manner. The new ITA Matrix is impossible to use for advanced searches in the way that the old Matrix could be used. However, the old Matrix was not user friendly. Hipmunk can make itself the leader by combining an easy to use simple search and, behind it, powerful yet user friendly search facilities - both leading to a way to book the tickets.

If Hipmunk offers this, word will spread:
[LIST]
[*]I take long distance flights, often stopping over at intermediate points and returning after some weeks or months. I do not necessarily know on what date I will return, so I want to pick a return date well in advance when seats are available at a low fare.
[*]Some flights operate only weekly or twice weekly; in July/August seats are hard to find.
[*]The default search is biased to find the cheapest fare from each carrier. This is not always appropriate. The lowest fares often allow no stopovers or changes, but that's not apparent.
[*]If I am flying long distance I might be combining business or pleasure in two or three places. I need a ticket that's changeable or it may be that the cheapest class is full on certain dates on one or more sectors so I want to choose other dates.
[*]So ... restricting the search to + or - 2 days is often almost useless. It needs a flexible period of up to at least 15 days or preferably 1 month, otherwise irregular or weekly flights are not detected. Many trips and departures are quite flexible.
[*]One can argue that complex searches use too much data, but so do repeated searches ending in nothing suitable. The end goal should be targeted searches leading to results and bookings.
[/list]
I'll give you an example. Right now I am trying to travel on AlItalia to Beirut, via Rome. The cheapest fare, which is the only one on AlItalia that's shown by Hipmunk, allows no changes. I don't know how long I am going to stay in Beirut so I need a changeable ticket ... but there is no way I can tell Hipmunk to show me a higher fare. Hipmunk links to Orbit to book the flights but only right on the very last page is there an option to show the fare restrictions and it offers a ticket that cannot be changed, whereas for some €80 more I know I can buy a changeable ticket. Yet I have no way to purchase this ticket online. This stuff matters!

By all means PM me and I shall be happy to explain anything further.

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Posted : February 5, 2012 7:27 pm
hipmunk
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Wow, thank you for your thorough suggestions! We know we've got a long way to go before being the frequent flyer's go-to tool, but this is super useful in guiding our work.

Hipmunk co-founder

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Posted : February 8, 2012 12:46 pm
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