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Improved Flight Alerts and other Enhancements

Today we are excited to announce several new features and improvements to ExpertFlyer:

“Less Than” Flight Alerts

  • In addition to Flight Alerts that let you know when an award/upgrade/fare class is at least a certain value, now you can set an alert to notify you when inventory drops below a certain value.
  • By selecting the “Less Than” option when creating the alert, ExpertFlyer will alert you when the inventory starts to drop, allowing you to take advantage of inventory that is becoming low, but before it disappears.

Multiple Seasonality date ranges for fares

  • For Fare Information searches using the “Show Fares for All Travel Dates” option, where applicable, if a fare has multiple published seasonality dates, they will now all be shown.

Travel Information Additions – MCT, MPM & Connecting Cities
The following searches have been added to the Travel Information search page:

  • Minimum Connect Times – with the ability to specify incoming/outgoing airlines and the connection type.
  • Maximum Permitted Mileage – that shows not only MPM but has a dedicated Calculated Sector Mileage response as well.
  • Connecting Cities – shows all predetermined connecting cities for the specified city pair.

Booking Class Search

  • Along with Fare Rules and Routing Rules, the Fare Information results page now has a Booking Class look-up tool.
  • This will allow you to determine the required booking classes for the fare and any specific exceptions.
  • You can also specify a secondary airline to show booking class information for segments flown by carriers other than the fare owner.

Extended Information/Comments for all airlines in Flight Status

  • There is now a “View Additional Comments” link at the bottom of every Flight Status result. Clicking it will get the raw airline comments for the flight for most airlines.
  • For example:
    Results from ExpertFlyer.com
    Flight Status Search:

    Departing on 06/02/11
    Flying US flight 1
    Flight Status Depart Location Depart Date Arrive Location Arrive Date
    US 1 Landed PHX
    Term: 4
    Gate: B12
    Scheduled: 06/02/11 7:45 AM
    Estimated: 06/02/11 7:45 AM
    Actual: 06/02/11 7:43 AM
    ORD
    Term: 2
    Gate: F8
    Scheduled: 06/02/11 1:07 PM
    Estimated: 06/02/11 12:54 PM
    Actual: 06/02/11 12:55 PM
    Comments: 0001/02JUN
    P PHX/OUT 743A E00:02
    P PHX/OFF 756A
    P ORD/ON 1247P
    P ORD/IN 1255P E00:12

    SKED PHX ORIG 745A GTD B12 SHIP 644
    ORD 107P TERM GTA F8

Ability to easily copy and share results

  • As seen above, you can now click on the “Share Results” link at the top of every response page which will let you easily copy and share ExpertFlyer results in a nicely formatted way.
  • Results can be exported in Text, HTML, CSV, or BB Code formats and either copied to your clipboard or saved to a file.

KLM Awards and Upgrades
The following award and upgrade classes for KLM are now available on ExpertFlyer:

  • O – Business – Classic Award & Upgrade
  • C - Business – Flex Award for Elites
  • B - Economy – Flex Award

Click here for the full list of airlines supported for Award & Upgrade searching.

We hope that you find these new features helpful in your travel planning. Feel free to follow us on Twitter or Facebook for daily news and updates.

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.

First Post!

Welcome folks, my name is Chris and I’m one of the people behind the scenes at ExpertFlyer and I want to welcome you to the official ExpertFlyer.com blog.

We’ll use this blog as a forum to openly communicate with our fellow travelers not only about how we can make ExpertFlyer a better product and let you know what we’re up to as a company, but also discuss trends and happenings of the travel industry at large.

2008 is already shaping up to be a great year for us and we have some major changes right around the corner.  So stay tuned, and safe travels…