Happy Columbus Day, readers!
I am often asked, “How do you find these deals?” by both friends and readers. Part of the answer is that I spend a good amount of time every day reading up on other travel blogs and communities to find out what the buzz is. But part of the answer is that I just tinker, search, and explore different nooks and crannies of the internet for some of the deals and promotions I post about.
Today, I want to share with you one of my favorite airfare price search tools: ITA Matrix Software.
If you follow my blog or other travel blogs, chances are you’ve seen the ITA Matrix Software mentioned and linked–in fact, you might have even used it in the past. It’s an EXCELLENT tool that is the underlying script/code behind many major travel sites including Kayak, Orbitz, and Bing. The ITA Matrix Software search tool, however, is an unfiltered version of their powerful tool which searches all the airline data for the best flights available. It’s robust and can handle different routing options, and even search multiple airports or different time frames at once. In fact, it’s become my go-to site for airfare prices if I have a destination in mind.
But what I didn’t realize until recently is that the tool that I love so much comes in a smartphone app version for iOS devices and Android devices! The app is called “OnTheFly.” I gave the iPhone version a whirl and it’s wonderfully simple yet powerful at the same time. In fact, I actually like the smartphone version much better than the full desktop website version.
I tried plugging in a few dates for a SFO to New York trip, using multiple airports and multiple dates. It pulled back the information beautifully and even gave me the option of visual graph view of prices or map view by airports.
The best part is that just like the full website version, the smartphone app is completely free to download and use. I definitely recommend giving it a download if you’re doing any trip planning in the near future–or if you just like looking up airfare prices in your free time, to plan for potential trips. 🙂
Here are a few screenshots of the SF to NY trip that I was looking up on my iPhone with the OnTheFly app: