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Old Apr 13, 14, 7:51 pm   #1
 
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ITA Matrix search question

I've noticed that sometimes when I search the ITA matrix for a fare and then click on the lowest fare on the calendar, it will pull up an itinerary that is priced even lower than what the matrix says the lowest fare is. Usually, it isn't significantly lower, but sometimes it has been several hundred dollars cheaper. I'm not sure what is happening. It makes me wonder how many fares I'm missing out on because it isn't showing immediately on the calendar. Anyone else have this experience? Any idea why this happens? Thanks in advance!
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Old Apr 13, 14, 10:53 pm   #2
 
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ITA Matrix search question

IME orbitz has priced flights lower than what ita report. Idk why, but I'm even happier when it happens
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Old Apr 13, 14, 11:47 pm   #3
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ITA matrix searches time out after 60 seconds. So the broader the search is, the lesser acurate the results are. Calendar search is good to get a price range... But then it's better to redo the search with +/- 2 days around your desired travel dates.
Also, if you're looking for specific airlines, try narrowing down your search using advanced routing codes.
You can restrict to a specific alliance for instance (but keep in mind that won't display itineraries with out of alliance partners).
The great power of ITA is its ability of fine tuning searches, and being able to avoid being spammed with 40 h transatlantic itin. with 2 overnight lahovers for $50 less than a direct route. There's a thread somewhere (edit: here) on this board explaining all the advanced routing stuff... You can alsoclick on the 'Help' link at the top right of the ITA Matrix webpage, but most of it remains undocumented.
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Old Apr 14, 14, 5:47 pm   #5
 
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Thanks, Hyacinthe! much appreciated!
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