FLY200 - Searching, Comparing and Booking Flights - How to find the cheapest fare

Knowing about fare inventory and the behind-the-scenes stuff for air travel is important but one of the best ways to realise the power of that knowledge is through booking. The benefits of being able to find the best flights for the best price are infinite. It can influence how you spend your time, where you go, when you go, who you go with, what you will experience, how you will experience it, and ultimately when you will go again.

Important things to consider when booking flights:

  • Flexibility affects Price
    • Physical Effects
      • Baggage - lifting, checking, re-checking, carrying on
      • Comfort - seating, sleeping overnight,
    • Organisational skills
      • Record Keeping - multiple bookings, accounts numbers, 
      • Managing finances - currencies, fees
      • Proactive planning - confirming flights, taking action
    • Time
      • Emotional Value - family, friends, events, experiences
      • Frustration/Stress Cost - delays, discomfort
      • Personal Considerations - work schedule, commitments
  • Price comparison
    • Bird in the hand - be content with saving ANY money, not the MOST amount of money
    • Pull the trigger - don't get analysis paralysis
    • No regrets - commit and get excited

FLY 210 - ITA Matrix

  • ITA Matrix
    • Overview and how it is useful
    • Timeout Problem, Can't book (Sort of......)
    • Search codes and methodologies
      • Advanced Routing Language
      • Flexible Dates
      • Point of Sale
  • Booking with a Travel Agent
    • Walk in with printed itinerary
    • Hipmunk
  • Links and Resources
    • Travel Codex - ITA Tutorial
    • Frequent Miler - Booking ITA Matrix fares with Hipmunk
    • Booking Links Extension - Book ITA Matrix fares. Instructions below.
      1. Download Google Chrome, or Firefox, they are internet browsers like Internet Explorer and are free.
      2. Go to ITA Matrix and once you find a cheap fare you like, click through to the Itinerary page. (Looks like this)
      3. Click here to go to the special script in a new tab in your browser
        • In your browser (chrome or firefox) click "Edit" then "select all" and copy it
      4. Go back to the tab with the ITA Matrix Itinerary page and follow these instructions
        • Google chrome
          • Right Click on the page and select "Inspect Element" 
          • Go to the section called "Console" - looks like this
          • Paste the code after the > and press "Enter" on your keyboard
          • The Links will show up after 2 seconds
        • Firefox
          • Right Click on the page and select "Inspect Element" 
          • Go to the section called "Console" - looks like this
          • Paste the code after the > and press "Enter" on your keyboard
          • The Links will show up after 2 seconds
      5. Now you might have to try clicking on a few different ones. If it is Air Canada, make sure you hover over the (+) sign and click "CA" for the Canadian version, otherwise you will get the US site and pay in US dollars.
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FLY 220 - OTA's and Aggregators

FLY 230 - Secrets, Tricks and Hacks