Archive for June, 2009

Clear Pass shut down, so we want to help – 20% discount for new subs

Clear Pass, the company that promised to speed frequent flyers past long security lines at airports, has shut down as of last night.  To add insult to injury, the company will not be refunding any part of the up to $199/yr membership fee it charges it’s members.  There was always a question of the value of Clear, as the people it was targeted at, frequent flyers, already had access to special security lines because of their frequent flyer status with their airlines, free of charge.

No matter, since we at ExpertFlyer have always tried to make the lives of frequent flyers easier, we’ve decided to help in our own way.  From now until July 15th, all new ExpertFlyer subscribers can enjoy 20% off their first monthly or yearly bill by using the coupon code: PKYGEZFT  This is good for either a regular subscription or it can be applied toward a gift certificate for the frequent flyer that has everything.  We’re offering this discount exclusivly to our loyal blog readers, but feel free to tell a friend!

ExpertFlyer can now also be found on Twitter (@expertflyer) and on Facebook. So be sure to follow us for any future twitter/blog only discounts and offers.

Improved Fare Rules Formatting

Tonight we updated how we format our Fare Rules to make them more readable and useful.  For example, what used to look like this:

RTW BOOKING CLASSES BY CARRIER CXR FIRST BUSINESS  ECONOMY AC C NOTE 4 C NOTE 4  H BD D NOTE 1 D NOTE 1  M CA A NOTE 5 D NOTE 5  M  F WITHIN CN C WITHIN CN  M WITHIN CN  F NOTE 8 C NOTE 8  M FM A NOTE 2 D NOTE 1  M JK D NOTE 1 D NOTE 1  M JP D NOTE 1 D NOTE 1  M KF D NOTE 1 D NOTE 1  M LH A NOTE 2 D NOTE 1  M LO D NOTE 1 D NOTE 1  M LX A NOTE 2 D NOTE 1  M NH A NOTE 2 D NOTE 7  B  F WITHIN JP Y WITHIN JP  Y WITHIN JP NOTE 3 NZ C NOTE 6 D NOTE 6 X  M NOTE 11 MS A NOTE 3 D NOTE 1  M OS D NOTE 1 D NOTE 1  M OU D NOTE 1 D NOTE 1  M OZ A NOTE 2 D NOTE 1  M  Y WITHIN KR Y WITHIN KR  Y WITHIN KR SA A NOTE 2 D NOTE 1  M SK/BU D NOTE 9 D NOTE 9  M NOTE 10 SQ A NOTE 2 D NOTE 1  M TG A NOTE 2 D NOTE 3  M TK A NOTE 2 D NOTE 1  M TP D NOTE 1 D NOTE 1  M UA A NOTE 5 D NOTE 5  M US A NOTE 5 D NOTE 5  M NOTE 1 IF D NOT AVAILABLE BOOK Y.
NOTE 2 IF A NOT AVAILABLE BOOK D.
NOTE 3 IF A/F NOT AVAILABLE BOOK D.IF D NOT AVAILABLE BOOK Y EXCEPT ON DIRECT SERVICES TO/FROM USA BOOK U.
NOTE 4 IF C NOT AVAILABLE BOOK H.
etc…

Now looks like this:

RTW BOOKING CLASSES BY CARRIER
CXR        FIRST        BUSINESS       ECONOMY
AC         C NOTE 4     C NOTE 4       H
BD         D NOTE 1     D NOTE 1       M
CA         A NOTE 5     D NOTE 5       M
F WITHIN CN  C WITHIN CN    M
F NOTE 8     C NOTE 8       M
FM         A NOTE 2     D NOTE 1       M
JK         D NOTE 1     D NOTE 1       M
JP         D NOTE 1     D NOTE 1       M
KF         D NOTE 1     D NOTE 1       M
LH         A NOTE 2     D NOTE 1       M
LO         D NOTE 1     D NOTE 1       M
LX         A NOTE 2     D NOTE 1       M
NH         A NOTE 2     D NOTE 7       B
F WITHIN JP  Y WITHIN JP    Y
NOTE 3
NZ         C NOTE 6     D NOTE 6  X    M
MS         A NOTE 3     D NOTE 1       M
OS         D NOTE 1     D NOTE 1       M
OU         D NOTE 1     D NOTE 1       M
OZ         A NOTE 2     D NOTE 1       M
Y WITHIN KR  Y WITHIN KR    Y
SA         A NOTE 2     D NOTE 1       M
SK/BU      D NOTE 9     D NOTE 9       M
SQ         A NOTE 2     D NOTE 1       M
TG         A NOTE 2     D NOTE 3       M
TK         A NOTE 2     D NOTE 1       M
TP         D NOTE 1     D NOTE 1       M
UA         A NOTE 5     D NOTE 5       M
US         A NOTE 5     D NOTE 5       M
NOTE 1 IF D NOT AVAILABLE BOOK Y.
NOTE 2 IF A NOT AVAILABLE BOOK D.
NOTE 3 IF A/F NOT AVAILABLE BOOK D.IF D NOT
AVAILABLE BOOK Y EXCEPT ON DIRECT
SERVICES TO/FROM USA BOOK U.
NOTE 4 IF C NOT AVAILABLE BOOK H.

In the future, we hope to add more meta-data about the nature of the rules and restrictions of a fare to the initial Fare Information search so that it becomes less and less necessary to read the full fare rules.  Because let’s face it, no one really wants to do that.