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ITA Software Matrix Airfare Search Consolidated Information and Help Thread

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ITA Matrix Search: http://matrix.itasoftware.com

You can sometimes see flights, fares and detailed fare rules that may not be reflected on an airline's website. Please read the thread for some tips and tricks, screen shots, etc.

A related thread, ITA-Matrix-PowerTools - Userscript for Orbitz/DL/UA/AA/BA/CZ/IB/LA/LH/LX/TK, discusses a user script which is maintained by fellow flyertalk members to enhance the already powerful Matrix of ITA Software by providing new features and booking links.

Additional details and tips on the use of ITA's advanced routing code feature can be found in the following long-standing Mileage Run Discussion threads:

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Old Feb 5, 18, 9:26 am
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@beyounged Care to share some details about the fare via PM?
PM'ed you with a sample. but do not get excited just yet, this ticket may as well be impossible to get
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Old Mar 7, 18, 12:52 pm
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Hey FTers,

Sorry if this is a bit off topic but I'm trying to see if there's anyway to get a higher booking class for flights on the dates in the screenshot, eventually some classes that can be upgraded via Miles&More. I can be flexible on the airlines and dates, just want to make sure I can maximize earning/benefits on this route before buying.
https://imgur.com/a/06X8J
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Old Mar 7, 18, 1:03 pm
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Lufthansa's desk at the airport is able to force any available booking class.
Price including ticketing fees will be 35€ or 40€ above ITA price.
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Old Mar 7, 18, 1:04 pm
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Originally Posted by B0gdan View Post
Hey FTers,

Sorry if this is a bit off topic but I'm trying to see if there's anyway to get a higher booking class for flights on the dates in the screenshot, eventually some classes that can be upgraded via Miles&More. I can be flexible on the airlines and dates, just want to make sure I can maximize earning/benefits on this route before buying.
https://imgur.com/a/06X8J
Maybe this can help: How to specify the booking code on ITA
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Old Mar 7, 18, 1:53 pm
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Originally Posted by B0gdan View Post
Hey FTers,

Sorry if this is a bit off topic...
Hello @B0gdan,

I moved your question to the relevant thread.

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Old Mar 7, 18, 1:56 pm
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Hi FTers,

I know this is a bit of a stretch as the fare is low anyway, but I'm looking to see if there's any way to add a leg to SFO before the one to IAD. When I'm trying it's jumping up 3x, 4x the price. Is there anything I'm doing wrong or is it just not possible?
If not, any way to trim the price a bit further?
https://imgur.com/a/lTPSw
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Old Mar 7, 18, 7:21 pm
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I take it ITA Matrix isn't 'live'?

I've just checked a fare on BA and it's EUR 200.00 lower than ITA Flight Matrix shows.

How reliable is it?
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Old Mar 8, 18, 2:31 am
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Originally Posted by Sealink View Post
I take it ITA Matrix isn't 'live'?

I've just checked a fare on BA and it's EUR 200.00 lower than ITA Flight Matrix shows.

How reliable is it?
Usually, extremely reliable. But there are some quirks, including these:-
  1. POS selection on ITA isn't 100% reliable. So ba.com may see inventory that ITA can't see (or vice versa) because the availability shown by ITA isn't the actual to the market whose availability ought to be being shown. This unreliability includes manual selection of the POS city - it doesn't always work.
  2. I think that ITA can see BA DIFs on some routes, but not on others. I don't know why this is, but my surmise is that some DIFs are still coded as private fares but others are coded as public fares. Obviously, ITA has a better chance of returning the latter. On my most common routes, I think that HKG DIFs aren't seen by ITA but JNB DIFs are. So this could account for what you've seen.
  3. ITA fare quotes include BA's GDS fee. That's Ł8 or USD 10 per fare component, or a similar sum in other currencies. This means that ITA quotes are now reliably higher than ba.com quotes, but if you allow for this fee the match is normally exact. That won't account for (or for all of) that €200 difference, though.
  4. ITA caching could give duff results. But I have only very very rarely seen this myself.
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Old Mar 8, 18, 4:35 am
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Also, if your ITA search is too vague, it'll time out and only return the results it found in the time it was searching. More precise searches can result in lower fares.
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Old Mar 9, 18, 2:28 pm
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Originally Posted by Sealink View Post
I take it ITA Matrix isn't 'live'?

I've just checked a fare on BA and it's EUR 200.00 lower than ITA Flight Matrix shows.

How reliable is it?
I find it is often more reliable than the airlines are for their own products
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Old Mar 9, 18, 3:41 pm
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Originally Posted by B0gdan View Post
Hey FTers,

Sorry if this is a bit off topic but I'm trying to see if there's anyway to get a higher booking class for flights on the dates in the screenshot, eventually some classes that can be upgraded via Miles&More. I can be flexible on the airlines and dates, just want to make sure I can maximize earning/benefits on this route before buying.
https://imgur.com/a/06X8J
Yes, just look up which fare class you want each segment to price in (K, L, S, Y,...) and then add it as an advanced routing code on ITA with /f bc=Y bc=K .....
If that is too complicated consult a travel agent, its their job to price you the exact fare class you wish to book
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Old Mar 11, 18, 2:42 pm
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Yes, just look up which fare class you want each segment to price in (K, L, S, Y,...) and then add it as an advanced routing code on ITA with /f bc=Y bc=K .....
If that is too complicated consult a travel agent, its their job to price you the exact fare class you wish to book
Note that "fc=" specifies the prime booking code of the covering fare, not the desired booking class of the segment.

e.g., fc=F will give results for fares with prime code F, but may still result in sectors booked into Y
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Old Mar 12, 18, 10:10 am
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Please help
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This ticket has come up for a few days on ITA Matrix but I can't find it on any booking site. Any ideas?
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My only guess is it must be booked from a certain country?
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Old Mar 12, 18, 10:26 am
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Did you try to use FareFreaks to create deeplinks?
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Old Mar 12, 18, 10:42 am
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Originally Posted by caGALINDO View Post
This ticket has come up for a few days on ITA Matrix but I can't find it on any booking site. Any ideas?
A quick play on EF suggests it could be a married sector problem. Using a UK POS, it's W9 if you ask for IST-DOH and it's W9 if you ask for IST-CNX; but W0 on both flights if you ask for IST-CNX.

POS could be an issue as well, but I can't test that.
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