ITA Air Travel Planning

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  1. effseeoh

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    Thanks for sharing. I thought I understood the basics of pricing, and now I understand even more before and also realize that I don't quite grasp the basics :)
     
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    This is very helpful. Thank you for sharing effseeoh.
     
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    Thanks for posting; very informative.
     
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    Thanks for posting. :)
     
  6. nacho

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    I tried to use the ITA to find some fares, and it found a very cheap fare that doesn't exist in any online travel agency or even the airline. I wonder how accurate they really are.
     
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    ITA... is this a booking engine you can buy tickets from....?
     
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    Did you purchase the ticket...?
     
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    No, you have to go to either travel aggregators (Orbitz, Expedia, Priceline) or the airline websites to book.
     
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    thanks !!
     
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    ITA is a technology company that powers the search feature of many airlines and online ticket agencies. (Airfare search is quite a complex process, as per the documents posted in the first link). Since they contract to run backend technology they choose to to compete if the OTAs and airlines and don't offer a way to book on their web site.


    As far as accurate, I would say that the fares that ITA finds 'exist' - e.g. the seats and fare buckets are available, and the ticket/routing is legal (per the written fare rules), but that the ticketing airline's own booking engines aren't "smart" enough to figure out. This is most likely to happen when the actual airline you want to book is not a customer of ITA. You're more likely to be able to book fares found on ITA through ITA customers (such as Orbitz). However, Orbitz may have chosen to restrict some of the search parameters and still not be able to find the ticket.

    A hypothetical example of a legal, but unbookable ticket,
    ITA might find an SFO-ORD-BOS-CLE-SFO round trip, but it's actually priced as an SFO-ORD,CLE-SFO open jaw combined with an ORD-BOS,BOS-CLE open jaw. This sort of double open jaw is legal with certain fare types. However, perhaps the airlines internal, non-ITA, booking engine doesn't even check to see if that sort of fare is legal (even though the fare rules would technically allow it).

    You can find a discussion of the types of fare combinability in the pdf posted above.
     
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    There's also a possibility that ITA keeps its cache longer than it should, as I've found particular difficulty booking LX fares on both their website and Orbitz/Expedia. A cross-check with ExpertFlyer revealed that the fare buckets for the LX flights I was targeting were zeroed out.
     
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    I guess the TK ticket I was looking for was also long gone - even though it's for X'mas 2012.
     
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    Thanks for the info
     
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    What a fantastic resource. Thanks for posting this!
     
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    This was great. Thanks for posting.
     
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    Interesting that ITA appears to now be pulling back some of the power of their search engine, at least to non-commercial casual users like us. Search results seem less expansive, and now some complex searches are said to be limited to non-stop flights only. Reading the presentation one gets a sense of how powerful their software must be - and how many permutations have to be processed.
     
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    Another thing to consider, is that they often have to request data from other GDSs (Apollo, Sabre, etc)... and those requests aren't free. So they might also be pulling back some of the power to limit the amount of requests that go out to the GDSs in an effort to bring down costs as their search becomes more popular to the casual user.
     
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    Scanned it over and then downloaded it. I'm sure it will be great reading material for the next long haul. Thanks for posting....:D
     
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