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Where does the KVS tool get its data and is KVS authorized to provide this data in the manner it is presented?

The tool is known to access a variety of web sites, many in a manner that is not authorized. Please see the next section of this Wiki for a list of sites believed to be accessed and their data access policies (where known).

Additionally, under some conditions the tool appears to access sites via a KVS-operated back end. This means that the tool is not just a 'web browser' that runs via a user's machine. No detailed public information is available about how this works or whether any of this back-end access is authorized.

Websites KVS Accesses and their relevant Terms of Use

Terms of Use:
Use of our web site for any other purpose, including any commercial use or purpose, is expressly prohibited.
Without limiting the generality of the foregoing, you agree that, in using or accessing our website, you shall not commit or participate in any of the following acts or actions, each of which is expressly prohibited under this User Agreement:
directly or indirectly, use or access, or encourage, solicit, permit, facilitate, aid, assist or abet, including, but not limited to, the selling, licensing, distribution or provision to any person of any means that permit, the use or access, or agree to provide the use or access, of our website through any manual process or any automatic, electronic or technical device, including but not limited to automated scripts, robots, crawls, screen scrapers, web "bots", deep-links, indexes, spiders, click-spams, macro programs, or any other device, program, software, system, algorithm, methodology or technology, now known or hereinafter discovered, that performs the same or a similar function, in order to, without limitation: "data mine"; "screen scrape"; data process; access, extract, copy, distribute, aggregate or acquire information; generate impressions or clicks; input or store information; search or generate searches; or manipulate or monitor any portion or content of our website;

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Website’s information and Services are provided for personal, non-commercial use only. Permission is granted to temporarily download one copy of the materials (information or software) on Flightradar24’s web site for personal, non-commercial transitory viewing only. This is the grant of a license, not a transfer of title, and under this license you may not:

Modify or copy the materials;
Use the materials for any commercial purpose, or for any public display (commercial or non-commercial);
Attempt to decompile or reverse engineer any software contained on Flightradar24's web site;
Remove any copyright or other proprietary notations from the materials; or
Transfer the materials to another person or "mirror" the materials on any other server.

This license shall automatically terminate if you violate any of these restrictions and may be terminated by Flightradar24 at any time. Upon terminating your viewing of these materials or upon the termination of this license, you must destroy any downloaded materials in your possession whether in electronic or printed format.

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You may use the information on our site solely for non-commercial purposes, and any use or modification of the website contents is not permitted.

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Content may be used for non-commercial personal use only, and you agree not to modify, copy, transmit, distribute, display, perform, reproduce, publish, license, create derivative works from, sell or otherwise transfer any information, software, products or services obtained from the Site without prior written permission from US Airways. You agree not to use any automatic device, manual process, or scraping to monitor or copy the Site or the content contained therein for any purpose without US Airways’ prior written permission. You agree not to use any device, software or routine to interfere with or attempt to interfere with the proper working of the Site or any activities conducted on the Site.

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2. Proprietary rights
All trademark rights, copyrights, database rights and other intellectual property rights to the contents of the Austrian-website, (as well as the organization and layout of the website), together with the underlying software code rest, either with Austrian or with its licensors. You may not, either in whole or in part, copy, modify, distribute or use or reproduce in other form contents of the Austrian-website, or the underlying software code, without the prior written consent of Austrian.

3. Permissible use
All Austrian-website online services (including the booking machine) are provided solely for the purpose of enabling you to check the availability of goods or services relating to your journey (the timetable, for example), make legitimate reservations, use our online check-in or transact other business with suppliers. You may only use the website in accordance with these terms and conditions and for the legally permitted purposes described above. In particular, you indicate your agreement to the following:
3.5 You may not reproduce information from the Austrian-website for commercial purposes. This also includes providing prices for Austrian flights on another website or another online server. In particular you may not copy, distribute, in other way use or reproduce discarded content from the Austrian-website with the help of 'robots', other search machine technologies or through other automatic mechanisms.

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(D) not to use any automated system or software to extract data from the Application, Documents or Services for commercial purposes (such as screen scraping);

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Except as expressly permitted by these Terms, you may not:
9. use any "robot", "spider" or other automatic device, software, program, algorithm, routine, methodology, or any manual process or functionality:
...to monitor, assemble, analyse, index, copy, transmit, distribute, transfer, or link to any of the pages, data, materials, or content available on the Site,

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Intellectual property notifications
D. American Airlines owns or uses by permission all software contained on the Site, including without limitation all HTML code and Active X controls. Copyright and other laws and international treaty provisions protect this software. The law expressly prohibits any modification, redistribution, or reproduction of the software, and such actions could result in severe civil and criminal penalties. American Airlines will seek and support prosecuting violators to the maximum extent possible.
E. You may not copy, display, distribute, download, license, modify, publish, re-post, reproduce, reuse, sell, transmit, use to create a derivative work, or otherwise use the content of the Site for public or commercial purposes. Nothing on the Site shall be construed to confer any grant or license of any intellectual property rights, whether by estoppel, by implication, or otherwise.
Limitations on your use:
You agree that you will not Misuse the Site. "Misuse" includes, but is not limited to, using the Site to do any of the following:
L. Copy or create derivative works from, display, distribute, license, perform, publish, recreate, reproduce, sell, transfer, or transmit any information, products, services, or software obtained by, from, or through the Site.
M. Monitor or copy any Content by using any manual process, or any robot, spider, or other automatic device, without first obtaining American Airlines' prior written consent.

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Prohibited Activities

You may not copy, display, distribute, download, license, modify, publish, re-post, reproduce, reuse, sell, transmit, use to create a derivative work, or otherwise use the content of this site for public or commercial purposes without our express written permission. Nothing on this site shall be construed to confer any grant or license of any intellectual property rights, whether by estoppel, by implication, or otherwise.

You may not modify, re-render, frame, mirror, truncate, add to, inject, filter or change the order of the information contained on any page of the Southwest Airlines sites, including, without limitation, by any way of reproducing Southwest Airlines or SWABiz® web pages or Company information on any other web site without our express written permission.

You may not copy, derive, edit, translate, decompile, reverse engineer, modify, use, or reproduce any code or source relating to our sites, including without limitation, any service or product Southwest offers.

You may not cause to appear any pop-up, pop-under, exit windows, expanding buttons, banners advertisement, or anything else which minimizes, covers, or otherwise inhibits the full display of the Southwest Airlines sites.

You may not use any deep-link, page-scrape, robot, crawl, index, spider, click spam, macro programs, Internet agent, or other automatic device, program, algorithm or methodology which does the same things, to use, access, copy, acquire information, generate impressions or clicks, input information, store information, search, generate searches, or monitor any portion of the Southwest Airlines sites or Company information.
You may not disguise the origin of information transmitted to, from, or through the Southwest Airlines sites. You may not circumvent any measures implemented by Southwest Airlines aimed at preventing violations of the Use Agreement. You may not violate the restrictions in any robot exclusion header.

When you use the Southwest Airlines sites or Company information for an authorized purpose, you must include all proprietary notices without changing, hiding or deleting them.

You may not engage in any conduct that is, or that Southwest Airlines deems to be, in violation of this Use Agreement.

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3.1 Except as expressly set out in this EULA or as permitted by any local law, you agree:
(D) not to use any automated system or software to extract data from the Application, Documents or Services for commercial purposes (such as screen scraping);

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2. Proprietary rights
...You may not, either in whole or in part, copy, modify, distribute or use or reproduce in other form contents of the Lufthansa-website, or the underlying software code, without the prior written consent of Deutsche Lufthansa AG.
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https://www.united.com/web/en-US/content/legal.aspx This website is for the User's personal, noncommercial use only. User agrees not to modify, copy, alter, distribute, transmit, display, perform, reproduce, publish, license, create derivative works from, transfer, or sell any information, software, products or services obtained from this website without United’s prior written permission. User agrees not to use any robot, spider, other automatic device, or manual process to monitor or copy this website or the content contained therein or for any other unauthorized purpose without United’s prior written permission. ... United reserves the right to investigate any illegal and/or unauthorized use of this website, including, but not limited to, unauthorized framing of this website or unauthorized use of any robot, spider or other automated device, and to take appropriate legal action, including, without limitation, civil, criminal and injunctive redress.

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Old Apr 26, 05, 7:05 am
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Originally Posted by DJMeatBall
I think I've seen Z on ITN before. Wouldn't it be wonderful if there were a way to easily see D & A availability?
and R
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Old Apr 26, 05, 8:20 am
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And "I" of course!!!!!
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Old Apr 26, 05, 9:30 am
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I'm a bit surprised J/C aren't on the list as well....nothing usually very secret about those two.

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Old Apr 26, 05, 10:02 am
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Originally Posted by nytracon
And "I" of course!!!!!
Agreed that "I" is critical. In order to upgrade a "B" fare internationally, there must be availability in the "I" bucket. "D" is for International Award in WBC. Typically if there is D, there is I, and almost always, D < I.
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Old Apr 26, 05, 10:17 am
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This is a great tool but lack access to NW hidden fares, just like any other tools available right now. I use it all the time to look at loads.

The price is also right!
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Old Apr 26, 05, 11:41 am
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Any tool out there for I availability?

After the fall of WPAA lister and availability tool v1.64 (smiley), is there any way to look at I availability, or D?
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Old Apr 26, 05, 12:02 pm
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Originally Posted by sergeic
After the fall of WPAA lister and availability tool v1.64 (smiley), is there any way to look at I availability, or D?
Yes, use nwa.com and search with the mileage upgrade feature.
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Old Apr 26, 05, 3:37 pm
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so award buckets are no longer visible?
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Old Apr 26, 05, 4:44 pm
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Originally Posted by sllevin
I'm a bit surprised J/C aren't on the list as well....nothing usually very secret about those two.
Do those classes only apply to certain NW routes?
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Old Apr 26, 05, 5:36 pm
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Originally Posted by KVS
Do those classes only apply to certain NW routes?
Correct. P/F are only for flights where FC is sold (usually within North America including Hawaii). J/C/Z are only flights where WBC is sold (usually to/from/within Europe and Asia). Your tool has no trouble with J/C/Z on appropriate routes.

Last edited by themicah; Apr 26, 05 at 5:43 pm
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Old Apr 26, 05, 9:54 pm
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Sigh... yet another completely useless toy for non-Windoze users. I suppose the author has never considered releasing the tool as open source (yes, I know Windoze users don't understand the concept of "open")? Or better yet, writing a platform-independent tool (perhaps using Java or Webservices)? Or perhaps trying to enlist some Linux/Unix/Mac OS X Flyertalkers to help port the app? If the app REALLY works, why not just GPL it and set up a project on SourceForge? I'm sure there are lots of people who would be willing to contribute time to help.

In the meantime, is there any we can see those inventories over the web, without the nice front-end of the tool? I'd be willing to use cryptic interfaces, if I could just find a way to check "I" availability on DL!
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Old Apr 26, 05, 10:11 pm
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Originally Posted by jimrpa
I'd be willing to use cryptic interfaces, if I could just find a way to check "I" availability on DL!

I-class availability is available via ITN (i.e. Carlson Wagonlit Travel).


08/01/05 DL#55 ATL-NRT: Cabin class: J9 D9 I9 Y9 B9 M9 H9 Q9 K9 L9 U9 T0

Or is it award availability that you're really looking for (X, V, etc.)?

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Old Apr 26, 05, 10:35 pm
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Originally Posted by jimrpa
If the app REALLY works
While I feel no need to defend my choice of the platform (or respond to the implied personal attack contained in your post), I will say that it "really" does work and currently has 800+ FT'ers as registered users, including ~3 users who successfully run it under a Windows emulator on their Macs.
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Old Apr 26, 05, 11:57 pm
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Arrow KVS Availability Tool - QF

  • QF Booking Classes Displayed by this Tool (QF Award classes are in green):
    • Apollo: ITN
      • F A J C D W T Y B H K M R L V S N Q O (Long-Haul)
      • J D Y B H K W M R L V S N Q O (Short-Haul)

    • WSpan: ITN
      • F A J C D W T Y B H K M R L V S N Q O (Long-Haul)
      • J D Y B H K W M R L V S N Q O (Short-Haul)

    • Sabre: ITN
      • F A J C D I W T Y B H K M R (Long-Haul)
      • J D I Y B H K M R L V S N Q (Short-Haul)

    • Galileo: ETR
      • F A J C D W T Y B H K M R L V S N Q O (Long-Haul)
      • J D Y B H K W M R L V S N Q O (Short-Haul)

    • Amadeus: Awards/OneWorld
      • FS=P CS=U WS=Z YS=X

Last edited by KVS; Feb 20, 08 at 11:28 pm Reason: Update
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Old Apr 27, 05, 12:09 am
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Originally Posted by KVS
As a reminder to everyone: Please do not use (or share) any outdated versions of the Tool, as doing so can, potentially, jeopardize the availability of the underlying data sources.
Why not just make the tool web-based? Then you would control the underlying version all the time, as well as removing all the issues of having to download the tool, it being operating-system specific, proxy issues, etc, etc.
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