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Tuesday Travel Website of the Week: ITA Software’s Flight Search

September 28th, 2010 · No Comments · Travel Website

Website: ITA Software’s Flight Search, http://matrix.itasoftware.com/ITA Software Flight Search Tool

This has always been the first place I go when searching for flights and the best fares available.  Developers of the search tools used on major travel powerhouses, have had a had flight search tool available to the public for years.  You can’t purchase a ticket on ITA Software’s site, but you can view flights and fares using a fare calendar, time bars, airlines, number of stops, departure and arrival times, travel time, stops and of course fare. It has a very clean, easy to view interface, an accomplishment considering the amount of data displayed.

Once you select an itinerary, ITA Software includes detailed fare codes which travel agents can use to build the itinerary you select at the fare quoted by ITA Software and aircraft type (for travel geeks like me who have a preference).   Another reason I love using ITA Software’s Flight Search Tool is that it provides the same depth of information on international flights as domestic.  While improving, I find this lacking on many of the major online travel booking sites.

This is the tool I trust most to find the best flights at the cheapest fares.  Once I select the itinerary I want on ITA Software, I head directly to the airline then other travel booking sites to buy the tickets.

Southwest Airlines and other budget carriers that do not sell flights outside of proprietary systems are NOT included.  The company is also in the process of being purchased by Google.  I’m hoping Google will maintain the clean interface and depth of data easily available while investing in continued development and promotion of this great flight search tool.

Tuesday Travel Website of the Week: Each week, Meg highlights a travel related website and describes why she thinks you should check it out.

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