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Creating The Ultimate Airfare Website...thoughts?  
User currently offlineAviacentre From United States of America, joined Nov 2005, 121 posts, RR: 0
Posted (5 years 11 months 2 weeks 3 days 9 hours ago) and read 3293 times:

Greetings A.netters,

I'm curious... If you could start your own airfare booking agency, what new features would you include? How would you make it better than any other website? Can you think of something innovative that would make it really unique? What would be something incredibly useful that isn't offered already on other airfare websites?

In general, how can you make a better airfare website?


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User currently offlinePPVRA From Brazil, joined Nov 2004, 8969 posts, RR: 39
Reply 1, posted (5 years 11 months 2 weeks 3 days 8 hours ago) and read 3283 times:

It's always really annoying to type in all that schedule info, so maybe something more graphical. . . like a map you click first on your origin and then on your destination, then the page switches to a nice and big calendar that you just have to click on the dates. A third page that shows the result of the search but also has filters you can add, such as flight times, non-stop only, a place to click for discount/senior fares, etc. A button on the page with those +Hotel+Car Rental things should be nice too.

Also, some kind of way that is easy to change options without going back to step 1.

My two cents anyways.



"If goods do not cross borders, soldiers will" - Frederic Bastiat
User currently offlineNighthawk From UK - Scotland, joined Sep 2001, 5165 posts, RR: 33
Reply 2, posted (5 years 11 months 2 weeks 3 days 3 hours ago) and read 3233 times:



Quoting PPVRA (Reply 1):
It's always really annoying to type in all that schedule info, so maybe something more graphical. . . like a map you click first on your origin and then on your destination, then the page switches to a nice and big calendar that you just have to click on the dates. A third page that shows the result of the search but also has filters you can add, such as flight times, non-stop only, a place to click for discount/senior fares, etc. A button on the page with those +Hotel+Car Rental things should be nice too.

OT: Microsoft revealed a rival to Adobe Flash, called Silverlight a while back. One of the demos they included to show the power of the new technology was exactly what you described above. I cant access it at work because the site is blocked, but searching for it on the net suggests you can find the demo here: http://delay.members.winisp.net/SilverlightAirlinesDemo/

NOTE: You will need Microsoft Silverlight 1.1 browser plugin installed to view it.



That'll teach you
User currently offlineVasu From United Kingdom, joined Apr 2005, 3926 posts, RR: 0
Reply 3, posted (5 years 11 months 2 weeks 2 days 21 hours ago) and read 3197 times:

Aircraft Type!

Seems many websites have taken this vital piece of info away (at least at the initial stages of booking!)


User currently offlineSuperfly From Thailand, joined May 2000, 39906 posts, RR: 75
Reply 4, posted (5 years 11 months 2 weeks 15 hours ago) and read 3100 times:

What's in it for us if you are successful with ideas you get from other members?  dollarsign   idea 


Bring back the Concorde
User currently offlineHT From Germany, joined May 2005, 6525 posts, RR: 23
Reply 5, posted (5 years 11 months 2 weeks 15 hours ago) and read 3095 times:

An easy to use search&booking engine to enter multi-city itineraries with minimum 6 segments to enter and the option to specify date / time and airline for each segment.
-HT



Carpe diem ! Life is too short to waste your time ! Keep in mind, that today is the first day of the rest of your life !
User currently offlineAviacentre From United States of America, joined Nov 2005, 121 posts, RR: 0
Reply 6, posted (5 years 11 months 2 weeks 14 hours ago) and read 3092 times:



Quoting Superfly (Reply 4):
What's in it for us if you are successful with ideas you get from other members?

A tour of my $16.2M mansion?



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User currently offlineSuperfly From Thailand, joined May 2000, 39906 posts, RR: 75
Reply 7, posted (5 years 11 months 2 weeks 12 hours ago) and read 3081 times:



Quoting Aviacentre (Reply 6):
A tour of my $16.2M mansion?

 rotfl   rotfl   rotfl 

Oh well I had some real good ideas but I'll keep those secret.  Smile


Actually here is a free tip.
A 1-800 number to call in case things get screwed up.



Bring back the Concorde
User currently offlineDocLightning From United States of America, joined Nov 2005, 19942 posts, RR: 59
Reply 8, posted (5 years 11 months 1 week 6 days 8 hours ago) and read 3028 times:

One thing that I would do is have the site include add-on fees.

For example, in the field where you put in your origin, destination, dates, times, etc. also put in the number of bags you want to check and whether you are going to request "premium" seating.

That way, if OneAir charges $90 for a ticket, but no 1st bag fee and TwoAir charges $80 but a $25 1st bag fee, you actually see what the final cost is.


User currently offlineAviacentre From United States of America, joined Nov 2005, 121 posts, RR: 0
Reply 9, posted (5 years 11 months 1 week 2 days 14 hours ago) and read 2939 times:

Any further discussion? I thoroughly enjoyed reading some of your points. I am doing some work in school in regards to consumers and online airfare websites, and I needed some user input -- and I'm certainly happy with what I got.

Thanks again, and please feel free to continue brainstorming...



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