Old Feb 23, 19, 6:57 am
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Originally Posted by bennos View Post
There's a difference between searching for available inventory and booking it once found. It's entirely plausible that ITA has better searching algorithms than the airline websites (airline inventory searches are a notoriously difficult computational problem to solve), or that caches got in the way, or that the website had a bug, or that the website implemented a different search algorithm, etc. If for whatever reason the search doesn't find existing inventory then the frontend has no way to know to ask to book it.
Thanks for the comments but I'm talking about the most basic of r/t itineraries: one segment in each direction, same marketing/operating carrier. If aa.com and delta.com can't handle that it's time to go back to marks on a chalkboard. I'm wondering if Orbitz was selling inventory from a cache that AA/DL had exhausted, and the carriers allowed the transactions to go through, anyway.

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