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How can I do a "broad" search for flights?

Several airline and trip planning sites will allow you to check "I am flexible with my dates" or a similar option. Is there any way to also search more broadly for location? For example, if you ...
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How to search for a flight when dates and cities are flexible but non-direct flights must not pass through a particular country?

Sometimes when booking a trip you can be very flexible with many factors but any route passing through a certain country cannot be considered. Say you're going from country A to country B either ...
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How can I book a flight plan found on Matrix Airfare Search?

When I find a flight I like on the Matrix Airfare Search, it spits out a bunch of travel agent secret codes™. If I look for the same flight on the airline's web site, I often get much higher rates. ...
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What does the (+1) mean in flight search engines?

In Skyscanner results, when I click on details, it shows the arrival time, then (+1), but it doesn't do this for return time. What does (+1) mean? I thought it might mean up to an hour delay, but I ...
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Are there any flight price search engines with baggage allowance included?

I am looking for a flight search engine that includes a luggage calculator in the price. I recently booked a trip and had the choice between two carriers at the time, and not feeling very stupid I ...
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Finding flights that do NOT stop in the USA

I'm trying to find flights between New Zealand and Tijuana, Mexico that do NOT stop in the USA, however the flight searches I've been doing all seem to have a stop somewhere in the US - LAX, SFO, IAH ...
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How to find and compare flights carried out by a specific type of plane?

I'd really like to fly with an Airbus A380. But how do I find and compare the price of flights that are carried out by specific kind of plane? I don't want to fly just anywhere; I plan to go from ...
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How can flights operated by the same company have such different prices when marketed by another?

On SkySkanner, I see: Virgin: LHR-SAN (via DTW) and return (via SLC), "operated by Delta": £580 Air France: exactly the same flights, "operated by Delta": £956 ...and there are other combinations ...
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Is there a flight search engine that combines flights from different airlines?

Is there a search engine that considers "mix&match" flight combinations? My current problem: I need to go from FRA to YLW (Frankfurt/Germany to Kelowna/Canada) on July 29th, and arrive no later ...
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Is "lol.travel" a real travel/flight booking site?

Browsing flights on http://Skyscanner.net, I was referred to a site I've never seen before, http://lol.travel to make the payment. I'd normally trust that Skyscanner would only refer to real, ...
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What are some tips and tricks for finding the cheapest flight when luggage and other fees are not revealed until far into the booking process?

I'm finding it ever more frustrating recently to compare and find the truly cheapest flights. Flight search engines are more and more useless as airlines game the system increasingly to list low ...
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What causes experts at sites like FlightFox to be so much cheaper than search engines?

I was looking at this: https://flightfox.com/contest/57321 And I checked the dates on Momondo, and it cost around $1400. (I only checked one set of dates though) The searcher expressed that they'd ...
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Is the price per person affected by searching a flight for more than one person?

When I search for a flight for more than one person I usually search the flight for one so that I can easily have the total amount per person. I wonder if there are cases in which searching for more ...
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Is there a platform that would let me automatically buy a plane ticket given a certain set of conditions?

Let's say I want to fly from Prague to New York, with 1 stop or direct, on a route that takes less than 16 hours. I don't particularly care about the airline, the exact times, the exact airports in ...
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When I know the airline, the flight number, and the airport at each end, but am very flexible with dates, how can I find the cheapest flights?

In my case the airline will be Aeromexico, and it would be from Shanghai, China to Tijuana, Mexico, and the flight numbers are AM98 and AM99. But the dates could be pretty much anywhere from August ...
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Is there a flight search engine that has an option to show full flights?

Quite often when searching for plane tickets I get only some high priced results, ridiculous schedules, etc. It makes me wonder if these are the only options to get from point A to point B or have I ...
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What is a married segment and how can I identify them?

I was recently reading this question Are there "traditional" travel agents receiving requests online for ITA fares? that I did a couple months ago. One of the answers, the travel agent ...
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Is there any "hack" to determine the exact itinerary of an Orbitz Bargain Fare flight?

Orbits often shows "Bargain Fare" flights above the normal search results: The trick is, of course, they don't tell you the details of the flight, including the exact departure or arrival times, or ...
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Why does Google Flights show train stations?

When I enter a city name, Google Flights often suggests train stations. For example, I mostly see central stations (hauptbahnhofs) for German cities. None of the combinations I have tried so far ...
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Is Sydney - Papeete - Easter Island - Santiago possible on a round the world ticket?

Is Sydney - Papeete - Easter Island - Santiago possible on a round the world ticket? I've looked at the rules for RTW tickets and can see no reason why not. However, I've not been able to put ...
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Travel agents - can they match ITA Travel Matrix prices?

(applies to all travel agents, I'm just using FC as an example) Flight Centre - the world wide travel agent, often boasts "lowest prices guaranteed". I've had trouble getting them to actually hold ...
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Does a direct flight emit more CO2 than a flight with a layover?

On Google Flights, I searched the FRA-JFK route: It surprises me that a flight with a layover emits so much less CO2 than a direct flight, as many times I've heard the suggestion that the takeoff is ...
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What to do when no search engine can find a connection that clearly exists

For about six months now, it seems that flights to Iceland, where I live, from very many places in the US, including where I go to visit my family, just don't show up in any search engine I've tried (...
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What is the difference between Google Flights and the ITA Matrix?

Is one better than the other? Does one have features that the other doesn't?
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what is the most advanced flight search engine besides Azuon and Matrix?

I am looking for a flight search engine which is almost as advanced as Azuon, but includes more airlines. Azuon does what I want, but it does not include many airlines, specifically: Qatar Airways, ...
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What does Flight Pending Government Approval mean?

When searching on Orbitz for round-trip flights, I see a number of results with this note highlighted in yellow when expanding Flight Details: "This flight is pending government approval." What does ...
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Websites to buy complex air tickets

Okay. I'm looking for a complex round ticket. Like travel from point a - to point B (stay for 2 days) - then to point C (stay for 2 days) -then to point D (Destination, stay for 2 weeks) - then ...
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Can I check if there is a boarding pass or airline ticket in my name?

In my company we have a Xmas trip every year. These trips are organized by the CEO. Every year is a new place and no one knows the destination. What happens is we have to pack thigns for winter ...
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Is there a flight search engine that can order results based on cost and travel time *together*?

For the upteenth time, I'm looking through a hundred results on Kayak trying to pick the best flights based on both cost AND travel time. Many flight search engines will order the results by cost OR ...
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Why is 2x one-way fares cheaper than round-trip on Matrix?

I'm searching for flights to NZ and back for some time in Feb-Apr next year. I've been using Matrix to find suitable dates and prices, however I ran into something that I thought was odd - the prices ...
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Help a nervous flyer plan routes that minimise flight changes and time spent in the air

I'm new here! I'm just looking for some advice and some guidance. So, I feel like it's just better if I cut to the chase. I'm from Scotland and this year I was accepted to study abroad in the USA ...
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Where to find ferry flights and empty leg flights?

Based on this question Avoiding crew fatigue on empty leg flights I learned that there are "empty leg" flights or "ferry flights". These seem a good option but I would like to know more about them. ...
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How to search for weekend flights?

I'd like to search for flights departing either Fri PM or Sat AM, and returning either Sun PM or Mon AM. In Google Flights, this requires 4 separate searches. Is there another site/tool that allows ...
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Planning flights - broad connection flights search engine? [duplicate]

Is there any tool / online search engine where you can give it a list of possible departing airports, and a list of possible arriving airports, and shows you all the possible flights (connecting or ...
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Flight booking. Extra information to entice quick booking?

I am forever seeing these extra of bits information when browsing for flights directly with the operator. Just how true are they? Where do these figures come from? Example 1: 22 people currently ...
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Finding flights to Cuba with a flight search engine

Several of the main flight search tools (Kayak, matrix.itasoftware.com) and the like either won't show or tell you they can't show flights to Cuba due to legal reasons and them being American websites....
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ITA Matrix search -- how do I force a connection point to be in a country?

So, I'm trying to search for a round-trip flight from a CONUS domestic origin to Keflavik, Iceland on ITA Matrix. However, one of the people I want to take on the trip won't be very happy after a ...
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Low cost airlines search engine?

With wheretowhen.com dying a few years ago and, now, airninja.com having become a regular (non-budget) flight search engine, is there any website left which lists the routes of budget airlines and ...
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Ticket meta-search engine with alliance filter?

Is there a ticket meta-search engine? E.g. Skyscanner has a filter that can remove or keep the airline brands. (Un-)checkboxing them one by one is irritating. But is there one where I can just (un-)...
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What are 'hacker fares' at a flight search-engine?

What are hacker fares on kayak.com? I was looking at the filters and couldn't find either in the FAQ or anywhere as to what hacker fares are all about.
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Is there a way to encourage or even force airlines and booking engines to show options with overnight layovers?

Sometimes, airlines and booking engines offer options with overnight layovers, and usually present these as unattractive options (and usually they are, because not many people enjoy sleeping in ...
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It it possible to avoid kiwi.com's automatic online check-in and instead do it manually by yourself?

I have a WestJet Flight LGW-YYC that I booked using kiwi.com. WestJet offers free seat selection with the online check-in on their homepage (see their FAQ at " Can I still select my seat if I don't ...
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Is there a website that lists last minute opportunities?

Are there any websites that list last minute travel opportunities? either just flights or flights with travel packs (hotel, etc). I have total freedom and I am situated in Europe. A couple of ...
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How to search for airplane lie-flat seats?

What's the best way search for airplane lie-flat seats? One of the biggest factors, especially for long haul flights, is what type of seat you're travelling in, with "lie-flat" being by far ...
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Is there any website or service for showing countries / regions open for travel during Covid-19 restrictions?

As countries and regions open up from lockdown, I was wondering if there's an online tool that can highlight which places a person is free to travel to based on: Passports held Current residency / ...
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Search engine for stop over possibilites

I am planning a flight from Auckland to Europe and am trying to find out which places are convenient to stop over. I once knew a website where you can simply enter the two airports, and it shows you ...
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Is there any app that notifies me when there is a flight from my location to the rest of the world under a fixed amount of money?

I would like to be notified daily of the flights available under 500USD for example. Update: closest thing I've found is Skyscanner app where you can set your location and specify "Europe" or "...
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Does the ITA Matrix work for all destinations?

Playing around with the ITA Matrix and I noticed that I couldn't find any flights between London and Havana, nor between Miami and Havana, Mexico City and Havana, or Madrid (Barrajas) and Havana. I ...
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Price difference on Matrix ITA and Google Flights

While checking for a flight at Matrix, I got the following price, http://matrix.itasoftware.com/#view-details:research=LHELON-LONLHE;solution=03gZAa16LIJDMteAykMJSHV/fMeQKy66yx6TmRFQ9x40TT001 For ...
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English-language meta-search engine with good coverage of Korean airlines?

When I search for flights from South Korea to nearby countries on Google Flights, there are usually many flights from airlines which don't share fare data with Google, for example: T'Way, Eastar Jet, ...
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