Oct 23, 2010 5:02 PM –
ITA Software’s OnTheFly™ offers an advanced way to shop for airfares for any itinerary in the world. Easily find the best fares and flights available for your trip.
Pros & Cons:
- Intuitive travel date calendar
- Fine-grained control over all search paramters
- Full disclosure of exact airfare calculation
- Quick and easy to use interface
- Searches for multi-airline trips
- Does not allow booking
- Flights only, will not search hotel bookings
Before I go into the the app, let me explain a little about ITA which makes the application so great. ITA Software is one of the travel industry’s best in providing all types of solutions, including airfare data. Fast Company named ITA Software one of the Ten Most Innovative Companies In The Travel Industry. Their customers include TripAdvisor, American Airlines, United Airlines, Southwest Airlines, and more as reported on their website. ITA Software developed QPX, which is a management utility for pricing and shopping airfare. Now, let’s just imagine for a second what that does for an app that utilizes this technology to provide airfare information at your fingertips on your Android.
Using QPX technology natively is what makes this app great. You get direct information about your flight including booking codes, emissions information, length of flights, multi-airline trips, and even the breakdown of what your airfare pays for. It doesn’t get much better than this. We all know that other applications such as Kayak and TripAdvisor exist already in the market but remember they rely on the data that ITA gives them using QPX.
Using this app is pretty simple. Pick your origin airport (it automatically provides the nearest airport to you) and your destination airport. Choose the outbound and inbound dates including whether to put the day before or after in your search results. Select how many passengers you have. There are additional selections to make including to allow multi-airline flights, change of dates, seating class, etc. After that your given with a matrix of airlines and prices. The most economical choice is highlighted for you. Once you select a flight your provided with an itinerary that you can email to the receipient of your choice. You can see all the details including what flights you will use, airfare breakdowns, mileage per leg and (surprisingly) emissions usage per leg of your flight. Wow. This app was well made. Ready to book your flight? Press the “how to book” button and OnTheFly will provide you with step-by-step directions on how to make sure you get the flight your currently looking at including booking codes.
Usually I wouldn’t provide so many screenshots but I feel it’s appropriate to explain how much information each screen of the app provides to the consumer. See the gallery below for more details.
EXTREMELY. If you like to plan your travel ahead of time and want a quick way to look up detailed information, this app is the way to go.
Ease of Use & Interface:
Simplicity is what makes this app so great. The UI doesn’t give you too much to look at but compiles a lot of information in a simple format.
Depends on how often you travel. Even if you travel only once in a year, this would be great addition to your Android.
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