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Originally Posted by defurax The ITA matrix works really well for US flights, but it's far from being perfect. With CX it always give Y fare bucket, with QF it ...
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    Re: ITA Matrix searching

    Quote Originally Posted by defurax View Post
    The ITA matrix works really well for US flights, but it's far from being perfect. With CX it always give Y fare bucket, with QF it usually never give super cheap buckets (E), no premium economy search on CX, etc...

    I use ITA a lot, but I also use other websites just to be sure...
    Thanks for that. By other websites, do you mean the airlines themselves, or something similar to the matrix?
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    Re: ITA Matrix searching

    Quote Originally Posted by Danger View Post
    Thanks for that. By other websites, do you mean the airlines themselves, or something similar to the matrix?
    I usually check ITA first, then I look at what expedia.com and expedia.com.au(sometimes also .ie and .uk) are offering. It can be tedious, but it can save a lot of $$
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    Re: ITA Matrix searching

    This is why FlightFox and the like are doing well. There are so many sites that are extremely useful, but you have to chop and change and figure out the best from them all!

    I've made a few bucks using these services (As an 'expert') and when I can devote some more time to it, it can be a nice little pocket money earner

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    Re: ITA Matrix searching

    To get any chance of a result from matrix the flight in question has to be available on via GDS ... a _lot_ of the discounted fares don't make it past the airlines own portal.

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    Re: ITA Matrix searching

    You should try limiting your flights by carrier or connection to get better results. Also check out the fare classes in case cheaper ones are availabme

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    Re: ITA Matrix searching

    Quote Originally Posted by bigfoot786 View Post
    To give an idea of what I thought would be too long, this was the ticketing I was after:

    AMM - KUL 31/12 give or take 2 days
    KUL - AMM 1/02/13 give or take 2 days
    MEL - HOB - 19/02

    Using multiple city page, No carrier or fair code restrictions input.
    After 4 minutes I gave up.

    For those that recognise, yes this was an FD construction attempt.
    Maybe try the AMM/KUL/AMM in its own search then MEL/HBA separately as it could be the surface sector throwing a spanner in the works followed by an Aussie domestic flight.

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    Re: ITA Matrix searching

    I still remember when, some time back, before QF made all the schedule changes, the matrix missed a super-cheap SYD-SIN via PER on QF by default. But then, the QF website missed it by default as well. I guess you really need to know what routings are available and make searches as such.

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    Re: ITA Matrix searching

    Many qantas sale fares are not available outside Australia (or their network of Australian agents) So ita can't "see" the fares.

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    I use matrix to help find routing combinations. eg Flying out of Sacramento or Denver and trying to line up with the flights into Aus. Once I have worked out what I want, I am then sufficiently well-armed to do battle with the company process and outsourced travel planner!

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    I'm trying to search for flights between SYD - RAR - SYD and I cannot restrict the search to Virgin Australia (VA). Only the air New Zealand flights comes up. How do I get both airlines operating the route or just Virgin

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