More updates to the FareFinder tool

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  1. Wandering Aramean
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    Wandering Aramean Gold Member

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    The response since I released the FareFinder tool last week has been incredible, including a few feature requests that made sense to work on. I’m happy to announce that some updates have been made which hopefully will increase the utility of the tool significantly for users.
    First up, all registered users can now toggle on/off all carriers in the filter:
    If all are toggled off then you must go in an pick one to get the data to update. First Class members still have the ability to click on the icon next to a carrier name to immediately filter only to that carrier. Additionally, First Class members can set up default filters for excluded airlines from both the UP-fares and Low Fares searches.
    Next, there are now a few more details available the fares that the system is publishing. The data grid now shows hyperlinks for the fare and fare basis columns:
    Click on one of those links and a new window will pop up showing the details of the fare. These details include minimum and maximum stay, advance purchase requirements and fare validity dates.
    The caveat here is that the detail data is only displayed where it exists, and it doesn’t actually exist for all fares. Even where it does exist it rarely exists for all categories. This is a limitation of the underlying data source and unfortunately not one that I can fix easily.
    As always, I’m open to suggestions for other improvements so feel free to ask.
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  2. okrogius

    okrogius Silver Member

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    A few requests (mostly with the features mentioned on here):
    -AS fares. Yes, normally not much variance, but would be nice to know if they do anything special. Not sure if your data source supports them, but presumably it shouldn't be harder to find them than other carriers.
    -Ability to save searches (and quickly load them) or allow all search items to be specified through the url (and my web browser can then handle the storage).
    -Less busy interface - I don't need a map or a list of airports. As fancy as that table widget is, something more functional would be nice. It takes a few seconds to sort it or make other changes. (i.e. time spent loading page, unselecting every region except current, sorting by cpm, then increasing maximum results per page all adds up - and that table is quite slow).
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