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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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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 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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ITA Matrix uses cached results, which often are slightly more out-of-date, while Google Flights actually checks with the airlines and online travel agencies (OTAs) once you get to the final page with the full itinerary and the links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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Besides the specific limitations around Cuba, ITA Matrix only shows regularly scheduled flights generally available through airline Global Distribution Systems. As such, it won't show you flights on Southwest Airlines in the US (as they don't publish their fares besides their own website). It also won't show you more unusual flights, such as air taxi ...


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This is happening because there are no non-stops from Hanoi to Munich (as Hilmar notes in comments). A search using F? means "zero or one flights," so a search for F? MUC F? literally means "zero or one flights, a stop in Munich, zero or one flights." That doesn't exist; you need at least two flights to reach Munich from Hanoi. Instead, use the routing ...


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tl;dr: The nature of the way fares have been set up here happens to make it hard to search for JQ with an overnight stop in CNS, and some of these possibilities will be missed. Using the multicity search forces the pricing engine to consider going via CNS instead of other routes. Matrix finds it without a hint because it is better. JetStar has fares filed ...


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Most likely where you are hitting issues is with the "sales city". Your output from ITA shows a flight from South Africa to the US, but the price is displayed in US$. This means that within ITA you've changed the "Sales City" from it's default (which would have been CPT, your origin city) to somewhere in the US, otherwise it would have display the price in ...


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The Matrix does not show flights to points within Cuba. This is because ITA takes a wide reading of the US Treasury regulations that forbid US citizens and companies from arranging or organizing travel to Cuba without authority of the Treasury. ITA's exclusion of all Cuban points is probably wider than is really required but that is how they implement their ...


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Skytravelagent (STA) is (from what I can gather) the go-to travel agent of Vielfliegertreff, the German-language equivalent of Flyertalk. They specialize on mileage runs, "creative ticketing" and so on (according to their own description) and from what you read in the forum I would go as far as trust them. The catch is that STA is Germany-based and the ...


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Yes. Propeller Travel will do this. (But note that Propeller Travel levies a fee for their ticketing service.) I am also aware of a few employees at BA who will accept ticketing requests by email, so it is worth making friends with your local airline ticketing staff. The ITA Matrix, powered by QPX, uses some very sophisticated pricing algorithms to find a ...


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According to this resource, you can use some of ITA's routing language with Hipmunk.


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It is not easy to give a complete answer to this problem. First, I see in your example that you are using the sales city of MAD. I presume you are aware that means you must buy the ticket at a travel agent in Madrid for the result to be valid. If you buy on a website such as Expedia, quite often the point of sale is that of the itinerary origin, not that of ...


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What I have done is this: (not just for Google Matrix but other flight search engines too) Print out or write down all the travel agent secret codes™. Telephone the airline, tell them how I found the flight and that I need more details, asking the which of the secret codes™ they need me to read out to them. Write down the price they tell me, assuming it's ...


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Yes, it's possible for this to happen. I think Google themselves say it best: Please also know that the data we show can unfortunately change at any time in any direction. We generally have a very high accuracy rate, and we update our data as fast as anyone in the industry and faster than most. That said, these changes are determined by the airlines, and we ...


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Air ticketing is a bit more nuanced than merely finding some flights you want to travel on. In some sense, that is the easiest part of the ticketing problem to solve. The difficult part is finding a way to price a given journey, and the hard part is finding the cheapest way to price it. On the airmiles question ... (so I can use airmiles for that leg) ...


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British Airways do not offer a codeshare with Belavia (https://www.britishairways.com/en-gb/information/partners-and-alliances). It is not possible to book a flight on one ticket with one British Airways leg (LON-WAW) then a Belavia leg (WAW-MSQ). You would need to book these legs as two separate bookings. This is likely to be why it is not showing on ITA ...


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Without knowing the exact dates you're looking at it's impossible to say exactly what is occurring, but if I had to guess I'd say you're hitting an issue with what are called "Married Segments". In order for a "fare" (eg, L2KRCGB) to be valid, you need to both meet the rules for that fare, AND there needs to be availability in the relevant fare classes for ...


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While I am not sure how to do the search in general, in specifics it's rather easy because there are extremely few widebody flights into Keflavik (edit: from the USA -- all the widebody USA flights at this moment continue to some European airport so that doubles the number of flights but OP wasn't interested in flying to Europe first). The typical plane is a ...


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ITA is not giving you accurate information, unfortunately. The present availability on those flights as seen in London is— Frequency Flight Stops Depart Arrive Aircraft Reliability Available Classes LY 318 0 LHR TLV ...


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Do I need to retrieve my bags and check in at LHR for the return trip to BOS in the two hour window I have at LHR?!? No. The baggage check system is totally independent of the fare construction on the ticket. Instead, whether the baggage is checked-through or not is calculated from the arrangement of the flights on your PNR. In this case, you have a ...


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If I may say I think there is a little confusion in your understanding of the Matrix routing syntax. I was able to use X+ X /-aircraft in an attempt to exclude mainline narrowbodies on the final leg of the outbound trip; however, this started giving me options like flying through Copenhagen. X+ X / -aircraft ... means you want at least three flights on ...


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It turns out that the l:nUS syntax works -- I was just trying to shove too many legs in front of it i.e. X? l:nUS /-aircraft ... vs X+ l:nUS /-aircraft .... Also, ITA Matrix restricts itself to single ticket bookings, and the only Icelandair codeshare partner that reaches my origin is Alaska Airlines as we're probably too small and congested of a market for ...


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I suspect that this is just sold out in this fare class. ITA does a lot of caching to speed things up and may show fares that used to be available but are no longer available.


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I searched Expertflyer for Flight Availability the V class shows up and on the random date and city pair I have chosen (well, random but in a way that some flights have 0 in V) seems to show the same flights as SAS itself (I cropped the image because there are many, many flights on this city pair but it's enough to show the sameness):


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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-...


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Airfare searches are computationally demanding, particularly when we start adding stopovers. Matrix (and other air fare searches) sometimes need a bit of help to find the best prices. Essentially, you need to narrow down the problem. In this case you know that you want to fly on a CZ fare. So tell Matrix that you want to fly on CZ flights. Also, KLM will be ...


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Just call the airlines shown on the itinerary (if American, call American), and tell them the details of the flight. I booked mine easily, and I only paid an extra 25 bucks as booking charge. The price was as came up on the ITA search engine.


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I’m retited. Hv no dog in this hunt. I used ITA Matrix professionally & personnaly for more than a decade. It was & still is superior because it catches without fail all airlines minus Southwest. Misses no detail on what flight is avail for you & always finds the rock bottom eheapest as well as allothers. Most helpful is it offers way more ...


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Actually these flights show up on Orbitz though the carrier isn't ElAl and the flight is from Gatwick rather then Heathrow and with a single stop but depending on your circumstances it may not matter.


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