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ExpertFlyer.com Announces Addition of US Airways Award and Upgrade Inventory for Customer Access

Addition of US Airways Flights Complements Existing American Airlines Operated Award / Upgrades on ExpertFlyer 

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NEW YORK – September 17, 2014 – ExpertFlyer.com®, the premier online air travel information tool for business travelers and frequent flyers, announced today that US Airways will provide ExpertFlyer with access to its award and upgrade inventory effective immediately.  The addition of awards and upgrades from US Airways operated flights will complement the existing American Airlines operated award/upgrade data currently available to subscribers of ExpertFlyer, allowing travelers to create flight alerts for awards and upgrades with US Airways the same way they currently conduct searches with American.  ExpertFlyer’s goal is to provide convenience and value to its customers and has found more than 190,000 award and upgrade tickets for its customers since 2006.

“Our partnership with American has been beneficial to the airline, ExpertFlyer, and most importantly, our customers,” said Chris Lopinto, president and co-founder of ExpertFlyer.com.  “Our goal is provide our customers with important and oftentimes hard to find information all in one place.”

“We are pleased that customers who choose to fly US Airways will now have the same service from ExpertFlyer that they have had for American Airlines flights,” said Cory Garner, American’s managing director – distribution.  “This agreement provides another step toward a more seamless customer experience during the integration of our two airlines.”

The Awards & Upgrades feature of ExpertFlyer is the easiest way to find an award ticket or upgrade.  Simply enter the airline(s) you want to fly, the destination, the date(s), and search.  ExpertFlyer will show you in real-time the number of award tickets and/or upgrades available based on your query.  If you must take a particular flight where no upgrades are available, users can create a flight alert for as many as 30 different flights at one time.  If an award ticket or upgrade is found, ExpertFlyer will send instant notification.

About ExpertFlyer.com

Each month, ExpertFlyer’s One-on-One blog goes face-to-face with the travel industry’s leading decision makers to discuss and address topics relevant to many of today’s business and frequent travelers.

ExpertFlyer.com was conceived and created by an eclectic team consisting of a veteran elite tier frequent flyer, an airline captain and corporate travel manager, and information technology professionals to deliver a 24/7 real time powerful air travel information service.  The company provides its subscribers and corporate travel managers alike with a complete, concise and efficient way to access the ever-changing details of worldwide air travel information.  For more information, please visit expertflyer.com.

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New ExpertFlyer Features

We are excited to announce that today we are launching several new ExpertFlyer features:

  • Flight Timetables
  • Aircraft Equipment Change Alerts
  • Interline Agreement Information
  • Visa, Health & Passport Information

Flight Timetables:

  • Shows flights timetable information, both for direct flights and connections, for different airlines between a pair of cities on a specific day or range of days
  • Can also search for all flights to or from a specific airport on a given day
  • Ability to search only for non-stop/direct flights or include connecting flights
  • Advanced filtering options by airports, airlines, and type of flight
New ExpertFlyer Features - Flight Timetables

Flight Timetables

Aircraft Equipment Change Alerts: (Premium Subscribers Only)

  • Monitor for changes to the aircraft equipment code returned for the Seat Map of a flight
  • No more surprise seat reassignments, ExpertFlyer will periodically check for an equipment change and notify you if a change is made
  • Part of the 30 Active alerts allowed at one time in the Premium service.
New ExpertFlyer Features - Aircraft Equipment Change Alerts

Aircraft Equipment Change Alerts

Interline Agreement Information & Visa, Health & Passport Information:

  • Additions to the Travel Information tool
  • Interline Agreement search shows the airline codes that have an Interline Agreement with the specified airline
  • Visa, Health & Passport Information shows Visa/Entry requirements for travel based on your citizenship and departure country, as well as other country specific information for your destination

We hope you find these new features useful in your travel planning and look for more great additions to ExpertFlyer in the coming months.

“Did you know…Carnival Woos Consumers with New Guarantee?”

(USA TODAY)

Carnival Cruise Line

Carnival Cruise Line

 

With one after the other mishaps over the last two years, Carnival is presenting an offer that they hope consumers can’t refuse.  USA Today reports,”The Great Vacation Guarantee, as it’s being called, allows guests to end their voyages early and receive a 110% refund plus free transportation home, along with a $100 shipboard credit for a future cruise, should they be dissatisfied for any reason.”

Read the full USA TODAY story here and for the in’s and outs on the best cruises and ports of call, read our interview with Doug Ward, author of Berlitz Cruising and Cruise Ships Guides.

New Feature: Paid Seats on ExpertFlyer Seat Maps

Today we’re announcing that ExpertFlyer now has a “Paid Seats” designation in it’s Seat Maps. This designation will be used for any seat that is marked as a seat where a traveler would have to pay to reserve it by the airline.

Since airlines can also mark such seats as free for elite frequent flyers as well as Paid, a second seat designation, Paid & Premium, as also been added. When you see this icon on a seat it means that the seat can be reserved by an elite frequent flyer, or by paying. ExpertFlyer previously shows these seats as Premium Only.

For Seat Alerts®, the “Paid & Premium” seat will be treated the same as a Premium Only seat. Paid seats will be treated as not available.  We hope you find this addition to ExpertFlyer helpful as the busy holiday travel season approaches!Paid Seat on Seat Map