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Old Nov 15, 08, 8:11 pm
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Yapta - Airfare Tracker/Monitor

This may end up over in Newsstand, but I thought I'd try it here since it is very much related to the redemption of miles.

Yapta, the website run by the former Director of Marketing for Alaska Air and best known for monitoring fares for specific trips and sending emails when they go down, will start monitoring reward availability on five carriers on Tuesday. And just like their fare drop emails they will send you an email when your desired reward seat opens up. This seems to be very similar to ExpertFlyer, though for a limited number of carriers and for free. The carriers are AS, CO, DL, UA and US. Most surprising to me is CO as they don't publish their availability in any GDSes that I know of.

More information about this here, here and in the Sunday Travel section of the NY Times.

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Old Nov 15, 08, 9:00 pm
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that is great news!
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Old Nov 15, 08, 9:18 pm
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Yapata, the website
(Bolding mine)

The website is Yapta, as reported in NYT.

You probably need to ask MileBuzz! mod to fix the typo in your thread title. (Or can you edit the thread title in the fora that you are not moderating?)

Nevertheless, thanks for the headsup.

Delta is on the list of Yapta beta. Wondering if NW will be added soon due to the merge? (I know Skymiles and Worldperks are still independent from each other for the moment being.)
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Old Nov 16, 08, 8:39 am
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That would be a great service - I look forward to seeing how successful it is. Somehow I see US, at least, blocking access shortly.
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Old Nov 16, 08, 9:15 am
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I've corrected the typo in the title.
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Old Nov 16, 08, 9:16 am
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That would be a great service - I look forward to seeing how successful it is. Somehow I see US, at least, blocking access shortly.
i agree on the great news and here's to hoping it works. if it is half as good as the "fare alerts", then it will extremely valuable
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Old Nov 16, 08, 9:47 am
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Will this include UA's seat availability for Star Alliance partners?
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Old Nov 16, 08, 1:23 pm
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Will this include UA's seat availability for Star Alliance partners?
There is no indication that it will include any partners. That is one of the big limitations of it (and every other comparable service). And thanks for the head's up on the typo.
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Old Nov 16, 08, 2:31 pm
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Most surprising to me is CO as they don't publish their availability in any GDSes that I know of.
If this is the case, how does Yapta get access to the information?
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Old Nov 16, 08, 4:31 pm
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Will this include UA's seat availability for Star Alliance partners?
ANA my friend.

Thx OP for the info. This will be great for however long it's offered for free.
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Old Nov 16, 08, 5:53 pm
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If this is the case, how does Yapta get access to the information?
I have no idea. Perhaps a direct agreement with CO? Or there is some GDS out there that does provide access; I just don't know of it.

And, yes, the ANA site is great, but it doesn't email you when seats open up.
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Old Nov 16, 08, 7:03 pm
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No big whup.

ExpertFlyer been doing this for several years.
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Old Nov 16, 08, 7:48 pm
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No big whup.

ExpertFlyer been doing this for several years.
But not for free.
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Old Nov 16, 08, 8:20 pm
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But not for free.

...and not for CO.
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Old Nov 18, 08, 5:46 pm
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I went to Yapta but I couldn`t find award travel icon. Does anyone see where I can find it?
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