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Old Jan 21, 2015, 10:55 am
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Here are some more hidden features of the ITA software.

The extensions to the itasoftware routing language are accessed by postpending commands after a '/'. There's a wide set of commands available, but there's no description of them available on the ITA web site. Unfortunately, each command applies only to one part of the trip, so they must usually be entered in each box.

EXCLUDE SPECIFIC AIRLINES
Command is "-airlines XX ..."
Ex: prohibit jetBlue or Delta
from: BOS ::/ -airlines B6 DL
to: LAX ::/ -airlines B6 DL

LIMIT TO SPECIFIC AIRLINES
Command is "airlines XX ..."
Ex: consider only jetBlue or Delta
from: BOS ::/ airlines B6 DL
to: LAX ::/ airlines B6 DL

LIMIT TO A SINGLE ALLIANCE
Command is "alliance star-alliance|oneworld|skyteam"
Ex: oneworld carriers only
from: BOS ::/ alliance oneworld
to: LAX ::/ alliance oneworld

EXCLUDE CODESHARES
Command is "-codeshare"
Ex: prohibit jetBlue or Delta
from: BOS ::/ -codeshare
to: LAX ::/ -codeshare

LIMIT DURATION OF ITINERARY, IN MINUTES
Command is "maxdur XXX"
Ex: no more than 5hrs for each part of trip
from: BOS ::/ maxdur 300
to: LAX ::/ maxdur 300

EXCLUDE OVERNIGHT STOPS, AIRPORT CHANGES, REDEYES, PROPELLER PLANES, TRAINS, HELICOPTERS, ANY KIND OF SURFACE TRAVEL
Commands are "-overnight", "-change", "-redeye", "-prop", "-train", "-helicopter", "-surface"
Ex: no overnight stops, no airport changes, no redeyes, no propeller planes
from: BOS ::/ -overnight, -change, -redeye, -prop
to: LAX ::/ -overnight, -change, -redeye, -prop

SET MINIMUM OR MAXIMUM TIME FOR CONNECTIONS, IN MINUTES
Commands are "minconnect XX", "maxconnect XX"
Ex: no less than one hour, no more than two hour connections
from: BOS ::/ minconnect 60, maxconnect 120
to: LAX ::/ minconnect 60, maxconnect 120

EXTRA CONNECTION TIME
Command is "padconnect XX"
Ex: require at least 20 minutes more than airline specified minimum connection time
from: BOS ::/ padconnect 20
to: LAX ::/ padconnect 20

PUTTING LOTS OF THINGS TOGETHER
Separate with commas.
Ex:
from: BOS :: UA UA / f bc=l|bc=y, -redeye, -prop
to: LAX :: UA+ / f ua.bos+lax.yup, padconnect 20, -overnight
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Old Jun 3, 2015, 5:46 pm
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Originally Posted by Paul4Travel
Thanks for reply.
I think it's partially correct...I mean:

with that string I can't force the departure from FRA!
You are putting this in the return routing box only right?
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Old Jun 3, 2015, 6:09 pm
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Originally Posted by Calchas
You are putting this in the return routing box only right?
Yep. Basing on your assumption (if I'm not wrong) the string will be

Depart and return from FRA or HAM or MUC or TXL or DUS
but the inbound segment must go via LHR to FRA or HAM or MUC or TXL or DUS.


It should be something like this:
FRA, HAM, MUC, TXL, DUS
> FRA f+
NYC
F+ LHR F+


?
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Old Jun 3, 2015, 6:17 pm
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Originally Posted by Paul4Travel
Originally Posted by Calchas
You are putting this in the return routing box only right?
Yep. Basing on your assumption (if I'm not wrong) the string will be

Depart and return from FRA or HAM or MUC or TXL or DUS
but the inbound segment must go via LHR to FRA or HAM or MUC or TXL or DUS.


It should be something like this:
FRA, HAM, MUC, TXL, DUS
> FRA f+
NYC
F+ LHR F+


?
Yep, correct, I've figured it out by myself:

FRA, HAM, MUC, TXL, DUS
> FRA f+
NYC
F+ LHR F+


thanks in any case
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Old Jun 17, 2015, 8:55 am
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Why ITA still doesn't provide any result for/to HAV even after the recent geo-political changes/agreements?
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Old Jun 17, 2015, 9:26 am
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Originally Posted by Paul4Travel
Why ITA still doesn't provide any result for/to HAV even after the recent geo-political changes/agreements?
ITA believe it remains illegal to offer this
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Old Jun 17, 2015, 9:36 am
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Originally Posted by Calchas
ITA believe it remains illegal to offer this
on which basis?
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Old Jun 17, 2015, 10:00 am
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Originally Posted by Paul4Travel
on which basis?
The recent 'changes' are just a first step - embargo hasn't been lifted yet.
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Old Jun 17, 2015, 10:04 am
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Originally Posted by Paul4Travel
on which basis?
I would guess 31 CFR 515.415 or maybe 31 CFR 515.560
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Old Jun 17, 2015, 10:47 am
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Originally Posted by jms_uk
The recent 'changes' are just a first step - embargo hasn't been lifted yet.
Yep, I know, but where's the sense to allow flights from/to US-Cuba without giving the possibility to look for them in the GDS?
It's definitely a no-sense.
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Old Jun 17, 2015, 1:49 pm
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Originally Posted by Paul4Travel
Yep, I know, but where's the sense to allow flights from/to US-Cuba without giving the possibility to look for them in the GDS?
It's definitely a no-sense.
ITA doesn't even show you MAD-HAV on IB
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Old Jun 17, 2015, 9:08 pm
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https://www.google.com/flights shows MAD-HAV
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Old Jun 19, 2015, 3:34 pm
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W T F ..., why the hell ITA is not able to elaborate a stupid query like: SAN-CDG/FCO/BCN/ATH +-2d? it's easy enough, but for some reason that routes have some problems. I've tried to reduce the query setting alliances or airlines..

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com.google.travel.boombox.qpx.client.QpxException: QPX service error. Query timeout. (no location information)
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the same with a whole month query.

A comparable query like: FRA-JFK/ORD/IAD/BOS works perfectly..

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Old Jun 19, 2015, 5:22 pm
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Originally Posted by Paul4Travel
W T F ..., why the hell ITA is not able to elaborate a stupid query like: SAN-CDG/FCO/BCN/ATH +-2d? it's easy enough, but for some reason that routes have some problems. I've tried to reduce the query setting alliances or airlines..

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com.google.travel.boombox.qpx.client.QpxException: QPX service error. Query timeout. (no location information)
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the same with a whole month query.

A comparable query like: FRA-JFK/ORD/IAD/BOS works perfectly..
The timeout means they're either overloaded, or throttling it more.
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Old Jun 24, 2015, 7:01 am
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True. I've had the "QPX service error. Query timeout" message more than once.

Back, refresh, re-submit and most of the times it worked.
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Old Jul 2, 2015, 2:37 pm
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Has anyone had trouble sending a screen shot of a ITA itinerary/pricing to their corporate travel agent and them not being able to match/understand it. Getting incredibly frustrated.
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