I need to follow the Fly America Act to book upcoming international travel.

Is there a way to specifically search for compliant itineraries through ITA Flight Matrix? Other suggestions?

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ITA allows you to specify the list of airlines to consider, like Destination airport: IAD :: UA,AA,DL

There is - as far as I know - no way to specify ‘Fly American’ directly, but once you collect the airlines codes in a string, you can save this string in a text file and reuse it every time.

See for example https://www.travelcodex.com/advanced-routing-language-in-ita/ for an explanation with examples.

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    Note that Fly America is a little more complicated than just flying on a list of approved airlines; after all, U.S. airlines serve relatively little of the world. There are circumstances, for example, that allow a federal traveler to use a foreign carrier if use of a U.S. carrier would more than double the travel time, or if the U.S. carrier flights would require departing or arriving between midnight and 6am.
    – choster
    Apr 2, 2018 at 19:20
  • In addition, a number of foreign airlines based in countries with open skies agreements are also exempted. This apparently includes many European, Japanese and Australian airlines. Apr 3, 2018 at 11:11
  • And all the code-shares with U.S. carriers count. My last Fly America ticket was through Delta, with the flight run by China South. I got to pay more than 2x the China South rate for the privilege of 'flying' Delta...
    – Jon Custer
    Apr 3, 2018 at 18:12
  • Well, @JonCuster, at least the money went to the chinese owners of an American company, not to the chinese owners of a chinese company.
    – Aganju
    Apr 3, 2018 at 18:36

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