Where Do You Look For Lowest Fares?

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  1. SgtPeppers
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    I was listening to a podcast by upgdr.com and there was a mention about expertflyer.com to find out the lowest fares.

    Besides expertflyer, which is paid, where do you go to find the lowest base airfares?
     
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    ITA Matrix, which I actually think is easier to use than just about anything else for a regular round-trip if you want to be loyal to an alliance. If you're going to combine carriers, do multi-city trips, or something fancy, then there are some other sites that are better at one or two features. But ITA is still all-around the best.
     
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    Scottrick, is there a link, URL for this ITA Matrix? Where can I find about it?
     
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    Old version: https://matrix1.itasoftware.com
    New: http://matrix.itasoftware.com/

    Personally, I prefer the old version (in the same way that cranky old bitheads prefer Emacs to any other text editor of the last 30 years).
     
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    ITA Software | milepoint
     
  6. SgtPeppers
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    thanks guys.. you are super awesome..
     
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    I prefer vim myself.

    kayak.com is also half-decent because it shows you the fare-code most of the time. I usually use kayak for a preliminary search because you can cram so many options into it while the UI is still relatively simple.
     
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    FareCompare Flyertalk tool. Along with ITA Matrix and Orbitz/Expedia to book.
     
  9. Wandering Aramean
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    If you have specific city pairs in mind and want to see the lowest published fares try http://wandr.me/FlexFare. Sure, I'm biased because I built it, but it should give you a good view of the available fares in a market. If you click on the fare basis in the result set you get the fare rules, too.

    Finding seats, on the other hand, is a whole different issue and I generally revert to ITA for that.

    If you want the lowest fare that is a W or higher for the sake of using a CO or UA SWU then http://wandr.me/SWUable should have you covered. I can probably alter that to show best fares for markets and not limited to CO/UA nor to W+ fares if folks thought it would be useful, though I also certainly recognize that there are other folks running systems that might be better suited to it.
     
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    Another vote for the old version (tho even as a Mac person since 1989, I never liked Emacs ;))
     
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    Do you have something to view the fare rules as well? Btw I love the tools you've built. Will be extremely useful!
     
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    From the passage you quoted:
     
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    Usually I use ita and kayak first. However, a few days ago a friend of mine just asked me to book a reservation for them on cheapoair: SEA-(SFO)-ORD/MDW-DEN-SEA for $200 less $100+ less than all the itineraries that I could have found from ita or kayak. The outbound is on UA and the inbound on Frontiers, and the tickets were issued by UA. They were RT tickets. I still can't figure out why this itinerary was not shown on ita or kayak.
     
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    No unfortunately it does not. I get a listing of all the tools available... :(
     
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    Sounds like something is broken. I'll take a look.

    ETA: Bug identified. Has to do with a UI change I made over the weekend. The fix is uploading now and should be online in about 5 minutes.

    ETA2: Some tests I just ran on the production server worked. Looks like we're back in business. :cool:
     

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