Archive for January, 2009

Playmobile is teaching children the facts about airport security

We had a good laugh around the office when we found this Playmobil Security Check Point on Amazon today. The best part however are the user reviews, all 48 of them.

“I will never need to buy toothpaste again thanks to Playmobil. Not realizing this was a toy I purchased it to prepare for my interview as a TSA agent. Needless to say I aced it and have been happily viewing xrays of carry-on luggage and shoes ever since. As noted above, the free toothpaste is just icing on the cake – never expected a free lifetime supply, but who’s complaining. This is a “must-have” for any aspiring TSA agent out there.”

You can’t make this stuff up folks…

Flight Availability Improvments – Waitlists and more

Two of the most common requests we get regarding Flight Availability results are “can you tell us what the waitlist status is?” and “what do those letters and numbers mean?”  Well we just released an update that will address both those issues.

Now, you can click on any fare class in the results and it will tell you what the fare class is, what cabin it books into, how many seats are available, and if available the status of the wait list.  Here is an example:

The possible statuses, other then a number from 0-9 are:

A – Available, however the amount is unknown
L – This class is closed however the waitlist is open, please contact the airline.
C – This class, and its waitlist, are closed.
R – This class might be available upon request, please contact the airline.
X – This class is not available on this flight

Also you’ll notice that if a flight is canceled, we’ll now show it directly in the availability results.

Travel Tip – 5 Ways to Reduce the Cost of Your Airline Ticket

Availability of a vast array of airline ticket prices is one that is perplexing to most airline travelers. Only a handful of people who control the complex formulas that go into the science and art of Revenue Management inside the caverns of today’s airlines understand it. To both the seasoned and occasional traveler alike, getting the best value in an airfare is the elusive dream that is difficult to consistently achieve.

However, there are some time proven axioms that one can follow to put the odds on your side in helping you to reduce the cost of your air travel. Read our 5 tips here.

19,000 Successful Flight Alerts and Counting

Happy New Year everyone! Here at the ExpertFlyer offices we were curious to see exactly how useful and successful our Flight Alerts service has been for our users.  So we did a little digging and found that since the introduction of Flight Alerts, there have been over 19,000 successful alerts.  There were over 1,000 successful Flight Alerts just in December alone.

This means that ExpertFlyer has helped our users find the award or upgrade they were looking for 19,000 without having to keep checking with the airline.  With all those found awards and upgrades, we estimate that those numbers translate into a potential savings of millions of dollars.

Thank you to our loyal users for helping us achieve this outstanding milestone!  Safe Travels.