Archive for the ‘flying’ Category

Google buys ITA Flight Search Software.

Wednesday, November 23rd, 2011

Google’s aquisition of ITA software, a powerful flight price comparison engine, may eventually add a huge new twist to the flight search space although Google’s current position is that they won’t enter this market as a competitor, rather as a more helpful and user friendly search routine for flights.   It remains to be seen how Google will implement this tool over time, but it’s probably bad news for what in QuickAid’s view is the best current player in this market,    We’re not sure but believe that  ITA already powers Kayak’s search.

This from Google:

On July 1, 2010, Google announced an agreement to acquire ITA Software, a Cambridge, Massachusetts flight information software company, for $700 million, subject to adjustments.

  • Google’s acquisition of ITA Software will create a new, easier way for users to find better flight information online, which should encourage more users to make their flight purchases online.
  • The acquisition will benefit passengers, airlines and online travel agencies by making it easier for users to comparison shop for flights and airfares and by driving more potential customers to airlines’ and online travel agencies’ websites. Google won’t be setting airfare prices and has no plans to sell airline tickets to consumers.
  • Because Google doesn’t currently compete against ITA Software, the deal will not change existing market shares. We are very excited about ITA Software’s QPX business, and we’re looking forward to working with current and future customers. Google will honor all existing agreements, and we’re also enthusiastic about adding new partners.


Google Press Release and Video on the ITA Aquistion:

Airline frequent flyer, airline miles programs, and airline special offer discussions

Wednesday, November 24th, 2010

Here, from the excellent FlyerTalk Forums, is a list of links and discussions about mileage programs and special offers from many airlines:

Airport and Aircraft information from AC-U-KWIK

Thursday, October 4th, 2007

AC-U-KWIK is a great comprehensive resource for flyers that features airport and aircraft information. Their FBO directory makes finding a Fixed Base Operator easy. I think AirNav and AC-U-KWIK have similar data but have not done a good comparison. Best to search both to confirm all details before flying.