Tips for tracking flight changes?

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  1. jasonmh26

    jasonmh26 Silver Member

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    I have made reservations for a big trip (big for me anyway) with 8 flights, that is a ways off. Are there any good way to to get an alert if one of my flights change between now and then? I am new to much of this, but trying to learn how to use the available tools better. Can I do something with ExpertFlyer or something similar?

    Thanks,
    Jason
     
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  2. desamo

    desamo Gold Member

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    tripit.com is my favorite. There are others, including Kayak's pro mode.

    However, there's one kind of thing TripIt doesn't catch just FYI: if your flight number is moved to a different flight. As an example, after a schedule change on segment 1, I'd been moved to a later flight on segment 2. TripIt didn't catch that.

    You can mail it an updated itinerary and it'll figure it out, though.
     
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    Use award wallet. They let me know when my reservation changed. Either time or flight number or equipment.
     
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    Award Wallet didn't catch it either, fwiw, at least not the one time it happened.
     
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    I use flighttrack pro and it works well. Many airlines also let you sign up for text and e-mail alerts on your flights.
     
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  6. jasonmh26

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    Awesome, thanks for the ideas all.
     
  7. DTWBOB

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    If you're lucky and everything works right, the airline should notify you... or you could check their website... and you should be alert for equipment (and therefore seat) changes too.

    DTWBOB
     
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    thrashsoundly Silver Member

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    Sometimes it's nice to be proactive rather than reactive to potential flight changes. You can use flightaware.com to see where your plane is coming from and if there are any bottle necks with your aircraft before it even departs to get to your location for your flight. That way you can get a head start on other arrangements, if necessary, before all the other passengers find out.

    Thanks gleff for showing me that tip!
     
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  9. desamo

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    So I looked more closely at Award Wallet -- and I really don't like how it presents the concept of a trip, where I really love how TripIt does it.

    In some Award Wallet entries, the flights are hidden behind hotel reservations. Or vice-versa. And there's no easy way to see that I have (deliberately as it's several months out and I'm waiting for others to decide where they're going so I can cancel the other two) three overlapping hotel reservations for dates in Tokyo).

    TripIt has better presentation for all of the above and handles more disparate kinds of information. However, weirdly, it doesn't handle held reservations, only ticketed ones. Award Wallet does both.

    I use both systems, but rely on TripIt far more.
     
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    Aw just (for me) sends emails about flight changes while trip it does not.

    For itineraries, Tripit or kayak wins. No contest
     
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    Fair enough. :)

    I haven't checked out what kayak has to offer, but maybe I should. I know Scottrick was impressed.
     
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    Kayak pro was a free download via Starbucks. I like it.
    Tripit seems to work faster and more providers
     

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