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Questions about one or more websites designed to help find the best flights for criteria you provide.

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Flight booking comparison including amenity info (e.g. wifi, refreshments)

I'm a big fan of extra amenities while flying. The availability and pricing of things like wifi, power supply for my electronic devices and refreshments are key factors in my choice when booking a ...
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How to pick the (phony) return destination for a roundtrip ticket intended as a one-way?

[Last para:] If you do decide to go ahead with a return, keep in mind that the return leg doesn't need to be the same as the outbound. You might be able to book ZRH-AUS on the outbound, and a cheaper/...
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What's the best way to find cheap flight tickets from any place from a set of places to any place in another set of places? [duplicate]

For example, how do I find the cheapest tickets from any place in India to any place in either of England, Germany, Netherlands, Spain. Hope the questions makes sense?
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Flights - Direct in one direction, but with at least 1 stopover on the other?

1. How can I search for this on my own? I've tried expedia.com, but when you select 1 or 2 stopovers, it assumes that both directions of your journey are either 1 or 2 stopovers. 2. Also, is this ...
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When booking elsewhere, how do you know what Virgin Australia ticket type you will get?

When booking on the Virgin Australia website, it shows there being 4 different kinds of booking classes, along with details of what is and isn't included in them (eg flexibility and bags) However, it ...
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Where can I find tickets from Stockholm to Cape Verde?

I'm trying to find tickets from Stockholm/Arlanda to any of the Cape Verde islands, nothing shows up in the search engines. Can I find a list of airlines that frequent those routes or are there any ...
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If there are no planes flying into Nancy, can I schedule my own connecting flight from Strasbourg? Or anywhere for that matter?

I'm visiting a friend in March next year, who lives in Nancy, France. I've been trying to find flights from either Indianapolis or Louisville that fly into Nancy-Lorraine airport for the first couple ...
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How do I search for connecting point-to-point flights?

There are often situations where buying two separate one-way tickets from A to C via B is cheaper than buying a normal multi-leg ticket. This can be especially useful with airlines such as Ryanair, ...
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Where can I make complex queries for airplane tickets?

I am an experienced programmer. I would like to make complex searches such as "Travel from Stockholm to Vancouver between February 14th and 19th and back between March 12th and 18th. I want to avoid ...
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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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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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List all non-stop flights between any European city and city X? [duplicate]

My friend was asking "from which European cities can you fly non-stop to Mumbai?" Similarly I'd like to know all cities in Europe with non-stops to Hong Kong. (Note too that ideally it would be ...
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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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Cannot book individual leg of multi-leg flight on flight search engine

I am trying to book a flight from A => C on flightnetwork.com. I find a flight at a good price but with a 20 hour layover in B. B is a nice city so I thought since my schedule is flexible I would ...
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On the Matrix ITA site, why doesn't Virgin Australia show up in the search results?

Even when being specific, why is Virgin Australia (airline code VA) never available in search results on the Matrix.ITASoftware.com website? Yet sites like Kayak show results from VA? Routes I was ...
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Cheapest way to meet [closed]

I'm looking to meet a friend I originally met in China (she lives there, I'm from the US), ideally around Christmas. We don't need to meet in China, just anywhere in the world we can both get to that ...
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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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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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Cheap last-minute flights in Europe

I will have a long summer vacation in Europe, and wish to visit different places by saving the flight costs. My strategy is to find cheap last-minute flights, as my destination is flexible (I can ...
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More Flexible International Searches [duplicate]

I'm looking for extremely flexible flight search engines. Here are the features I'd like to be able to utilize: More flexible date search, specifically, I want to be gone between 7 and 12 days, but ...
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Nested Return Flights

I am currently in Europe and have the following flight scheme: Europe → USA (September) USA → Europe (Christmas) Europe → USA (January '15) USA → Europe (July '15) First, does it make a difference ...
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Where can I get help planning my plane trip?

I was recently planning my trip from Poland to Las Vegas and since the online flight planners didn't suggest me anything interesting, I decided to do the research on my own. I found the following ...
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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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Verify my flight is booked despite error message via SkyScanner / airtickets.com / JetStar

I just found and booked a flight from Japan to Australia. I found the flight with SkyScanner. That site redirected me to the online travel agent airtickets.com. The flight itself is on JetStar. ...
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Where to find ITA Matrix listed prices for MDE to CTG?

On ITA Matrix I found a flight from Medellin to Cartagena for US$36 using Avianca's airline. But when I go to Avianca's website, it doesn't show this price (US$89). I'm fairly certain it's updated, ...
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Why do flight search engines give inconsistent results?

I've been shopping around for flights, and I've noticed that a few flight search engines such as Skyscanner and, in particular, ITA give inconsistent results. I don't know if this applies to all ...
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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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Where does Google Flights get its data from?

Has anyone ever booked a flight with Google Flights? I am just wondering where they get their prices and data from, and if I might find a cheaper flight by using something like Expedia or Travelocity....
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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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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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Is there an opaque flight site?

In a response to this question, I have read that there are opaque flight sites: An "Opaque" booking is one where you don't know the exact details of what you're booking until after you've made ...
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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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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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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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Is SkyScanner's 3D earth interface for flights to “everywhere” only on their smartphone app?

Yesterday a friend who's no longer around showed me how you could look for tickets on SkyScanner from a given city or airport to "everywhere" with a 3D globe interface. It had tags on various ...
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If I find a cheap flight on a site that doesn't sell tickets, can I buy them online somewhere? [duplicate]

Recently I have learned about the one truly amazing cheap flight finding service, matrix.itasoftware.com. But it's not a travel agent, it's only a search engine. So this site gives you the full and ...
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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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Flight search engine for specific date for outbound flight and undefined date for return flight?

On a specific date, I have to fly from A to B. Using various flight search engines, it turned out that the cheapest possibility is to buy a return ticket. Now the problem is, the search engines I know ...
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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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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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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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