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Yes, the ITA Matrix supports the undocumented l: syntax in the routing specifier to search by location. You can use l:nXX to search by ISO country code (n for nation), and then add the negation symbol ~ to invert this. Putting it altogether you want ~l:nUS* to mean, possibly transit at any number of points, but none in the United States. See this thread on ...


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It means that the flight arrives next day. For example if the flight departs on 22:00, 20th of AUG and arrives on 05:00, 21st of AUG, then the (+1) will be shown to indicate that the arrival is next day. This usually happens in eastbound flights. Also, the other way around is true. A (-1) can be seen in flights that arrive in the previous day! such as ...


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Codeshares usually work in that way, that an airline buys a number of seats on a flight operated by another airline. In your example, both Virgin and Air France bought each a set of seats from Delta, which they can now sell under their own flight number, within their own fare rules and fare scheme. Depending on how many seats they bought and already have ...


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The main case where the price-per-person will be different when searching for more than one person is when there is only one seat left at the cheapest fare. In such a case, the search engine (or at least every one I've ever seen) will search for the cheapest fare where all passengers can travel at the same fare. That might mean bumping all passengers to ...


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The ITA Matrix allows you to search by aircraft type, though this feature is undocumented and not found in the official ITA Routing Codes help. In the Advanced Routing Language field, you would input /aircraft followed by the aircraft types, indicated with a t: and using the IATA equipment codes. For example, suppose I wanted to fly from Miami to Los ...


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When determining a price for a journey, the price is a function of the availability on each individual flight. The availability loosely corresponds to the number of seats that have been sold and to the number that are still unsold. But really it is a tool that can be actively used to manage supply. The airline will open cheap seats if demand is weak and ...


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Kayak.com also offers this exact functionality. To search for flight route from A to B, but not transiting through X/Y/Z, Search flight as usual. Once you are on results page, there are search filters on left of the page. Find the filter labeled as Layover Airports (Click more filters if required), and deselect the layover airports you do not want. Good ...


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(This answer will become invalid for trips commencing after LATAM leaves oneworld.) Answer. Yes, but you have to purchase a particular fare that is not usually advertised (a oneworld global explorer fare, sometimes called a xGLOBx fare, to be distinguished from the more usual oneworld explorer fare, an xONEx). Any competent travel agent can arrange this ...


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The train stations included are some of those train stations that are integrated with air travel as part of an air-rail alliance for single ticketing. For example, I can search for travel from 30th Street Station in Philadelphia to Düsseldorf Hauptbahnhof, resulting in this rail/air/rail itinerary on Amtrak, Lufthansa (with a United-issued ticket), and ...


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Since this thread has become the universal flight search engine thread I want to give a breakdown of all the options mentioned in the other answers: http://matrix.itasoftware.com/ (answer) is the most powerful search tool I know of: multiple departure and destination airports (including nearby functionality), +/- 2 days or departure window with length of ...


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I'm not aware of any online booking engine that lets you book arbitrary fare constructions, so in practice you've got four options: Print out the fare construction and go to a travel agent in person. (This is what I do for personal travel.) If you already have a personal relationship with an agent, or your company has a designated one, you can e-mail them ...


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Since there seems to be a lot of confusion about what you are looking for, it could be useful to have a summary of what has been suggested (thanks and +1 to everybody who answered!). There are several types of tools you can use to find routes combining flights operated by different airlines: Airlines' websites typically sell flights from other airlines (not ...


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We just created https://bookwithmatrix.com, a site that lets you simply copy and paste the itinerary from ITA Matrix and get links to the major OTAs (online travel agents) where you can make the booking. As jpatokal mentioned, for the most complex fares you may have to talk to a travel agent, but this looks at the fare construction and tries to build the ...


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The basic problem here is threefold: you're traveling at a very busy time of year (between Christmas and New Year), you're asking for a one-way flight (almost always proportionally much more expensive than a return), and the kicker, you're asking for a guaranteed connection, which is all flight search engines will ever return you; otherwise they can't sell ...


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It's not a guess, here is the official explanation: these itineraries require purchasing two or more one-way tickets on separate airlines, so we want to make sure everyone understands that these aren’t just regular flight options. Edit: I am very surprised this attracted this many upvotes. Try googling kayak hacker fare, it's literally the first in the ...


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The ITA Matrix software was developed by MIT engineers. ITA was then purchased by Google, and used to power Google Flights (as well as other non-google flight search engines). Quoting from the ITA website: In the mid-nineties, a group of MIT computer scientists took aim at a complex computing challenge that had plagued the travel industry for three decades: ...


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Matrix allows you to do a month long search: You'll have to search a month forward each time.


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They are definitely there to entice buying and some websites have been accused of simply making them up out of thin air (I heard about hotel booking platforms but since I can't find any reference right now, I won't name names). If they are not entirely deceptive, the numbers might very well be “improved”, e.g. by counting people who have looked, say, at the ...


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ITA Matrix uses cached results, which often are slightly more out-of-date, while Google Flights actually checks with the airlines and online travel agencies (OTAs) once you get to the final page with the full itinerary and the links to book. When I try to search the same itinerary using ITA Matrix now, it only gives me a $826 price. Similarly, ...


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As stated in Hilmar's answer there needs to be some arrangement (code share) between both airlines to book it as a single ticket. When those arrangements don't exist, one option is still to make this booking as two separate tickets on your own in which case you bear the risk of missing your connection. A third option is to book a connecting flight through ...


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ITA Matrix, as always, is probably the most powerful flight search engine out there, and with a bit of trickery, you can ask it for flights with lots of stops. Under its advanced routing codes, you can take advantage of the fact that F means any flight. If you F F F F+, you'll make sure that the flights are 4 segments or longer. For example, the following ...


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To fully answer this question you need the administrative operating carrier and flight number, scheduled departure date, departure airport, stops and arrival airport. If all of these are the same the flight will be shared. You specifically need the administrative operating carrier as there may be multiple marketing carriers for a single flight, so if you ...


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Nancy and Metz and two relatively large cities, close to each other along a North-South axis. They are not big enough to support two distinct airports, two high-speed train lines (which necessarily run East-West since they come from Paris…), etc. Consequently, many infrastructure projects are built half-way between the cities, which is not really satisfying ...


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I once flew from Auckland International to Great Barrier Island, and upon checking in different passengers were given different coloured boarding cards (as far as I know each group was given only one colour). These corresponded to different aircraft that we would be travelling on, even though we had nominally the same flight number, departure time, departure ...


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Whilst Zach's answer is mostly factual regarding train stations with airport codes, this does NOT appear to be the situation here (eg, Frankfurt HBH does not have such a code). Instead it appears that, despite the name, Google Flights now supports things other than flights - such as train tickets. For example, if you search for trips from Frankfurt ...


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They are unusual in the West, but there are some airlines that offer cheaper seats when booking for multiple people. In particular, Singapore Airlines and Cathay Pacific both offer "GV2" and "GV4" fares, available only to groups of 2 or 4 passengers respectively. For example, in this randomly Googled travel agent page, the single passenger price for a ...


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Private Aircraft Others have answered for the commercial and chartered sectors, which is increasingly being strangled due to regulation. This answer will focus on the private sector. Where are these announced? The short answer is they are not announced, at least publicly like on a web site. Any kind of advertising or public communication kicks them ...


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On Matrix Airfare Search you have the option of searching for flexible dates. In my case I was able to search for flights from LHR to FRA leaving Friday and/or day before and coming back Monday on this day only - but you can change that to be the day before/after. You can also specify what time of day (early morning, midday, etc.) EDIT: OP is looking for ...


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It's because Google has decided to incorporate train trips into Google Flights for easier time & cost comparison between flying & riding a train in Europe. Google Travel's blog announced this feature on October 2015: Google adds trains to Google Flights in Europe Every year, billions of people travel across Europe for personal and professional ...


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Nean Der Thal's answer is correct regarding the meaning of the +1 (it means the flight lands the next day.) More generally, the number displayed there is the difference between the date of the arrival and the date of the departure in the respective local times of those locations. This can range anything from -1 (landing the day before you took off) to +2 (...


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