elmothehobo
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AA.com Unveils "new" Booking Feature

Tue May 22, 2007 7:08 am

Not to be outdone by all of their competitors adding new routes, new planes and new perks; American is updating its AA.com fare/reservation search feature.

http://www.aa.com/content/amrcorp/pr...eleases/2007_05/21_aabooking.jhtml

Looks cool, almost like a carbon copy of the Southwest fare search engine.
 
COERJ145
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RE: AA.com Unveils "new" Booking Feature

Tue May 22, 2007 7:14 am

Finally, while NW, CO, DL, WN and US have had this feature for ages. Good for AA!
 
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RE: AA.com Unveils "new" Booking Feature

Tue May 22, 2007 7:17 am

I like it, very simple. When does it become available?

They say they have also improved AAVacations. In the past I could never select specific days to depart and return, and could only book a "7-day Package" which was annoying. I hope they make it like CO and DL's vacation site (which are the same). They operate on a principle similar to Expedia, put in your own dates, etc.

Quoting COERJ145 (Reply 1):
Finally, while NW, CO, DL, WN and US have had this feature for ages. Good for AA!

Actually, this new system is ahead of DL, CO, NW, and US but the same as WN. AA's old system was just like the current CO, DL, US, UA, and NW systems. You input cities, dates and class and it gives you the lowest fare available at that time. This new one you only have to input cities and dates and it displays all classes (Discount Economy, Full fare Economy, Discounted First, Full Fare First, etc.). You select the the fare and class you want and make your purchase. Watch the demo, it is helpful.

[Edited 2007-05-22 00:25:57]
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YYZYHZ
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RE: AA.com Unveils "new" Booking Feature

Tue May 22, 2007 11:32 am

It looks good

it looks almost identical to what Air Canada has been doing for the past 3-4 years....good for AA
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RE: AA.com Unveils "new" Booking Feature

Tue May 22, 2007 11:52 am

I think this will increase bookings in the foward cabins by leisure travelers, if i knew how much it would cost to be instantly upgraded or pay full price, i would be more likely to spring for it.
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RE: AA.com Unveils "new" Booking Feature

Tue May 22, 2007 1:01 pm

yup, looks like what i am used to with air canada. It makes it easy to use.
 
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RE: AA.com Unveils "new" Booking Feature

Tue May 22, 2007 1:53 pm

This is practically a carbon copy of Air Canada's booking engine...not as aesthetically pleasing, but an improvement nonetheless.

The big question is how long it will take them to roll this out for their international network...
 
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RE: AA.com Unveils "new" Booking Feature

Tue May 22, 2007 2:05 pm

Quoting COTXDFW777AA (Reply 4):
I think this will increase bookings in the foward cabins by leisure travelers, if i knew how much it would cost to be instantly upgraded or pay full price, i would be more likely to spring for it.

My sentiments exactly. Good to see AA making another step forward!  Smile
 
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RE: AA.com Unveils "new" Booking Feature

Tue May 22, 2007 2:23 pm

Quoting AirTranTUS (Reply 2):
I like it, very simple.



Quoting YYZYHZ (Reply 3):
It looks good

 yes  Big step forward in my eyes





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RE: AA.com Unveils "new" Booking Feature

Tue May 22, 2007 2:37 pm

Quoting COTXDFW777AA (Reply 4):
I think this will increase bookings in the foward cabins by leisure travelers, if i knew how much it would cost to be instantly upgraded or pay full price, i would be more likely to spring for it.

Without a doubt. Well worth the experience
 
BrianDromey
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RE: AA.com Unveils "new" Booking Feature

Tue May 22, 2007 4:50 pm

Ummm, not that special really.

Even bmi (one of the least functional websites out there) have been doing this for years. Never mind, Im sure this is one in a long line of "innovations" which will put AA ahead of compeditors....just like the new J seat.

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RE: AA.com Unveils "new" Booking Feature

Wed May 23, 2007 1:43 am

I definitely like the "new" feature(s).

I have been looking for a feature that would help someone do a weekend getaway - or what I call the "Where Can I Go This Weekend Search". Basically, I would enter my departing location, date and preferred return date. I could also enter some information about pricing (how much I would like to spend per person, etc). And then the search would return me a list of locations within my parameters. Is anyone aware of such a search - either directly through a carrier or 3rd party provider?
 
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RE: AA.com Unveils "new" Booking Feature

Wed May 23, 2007 2:11 am

Very good and simple to book.

I wish that SAS should have something like that.

Which other carriers have something like this????
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YYZYYT
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RE: AA.com Unveils "new" Booking Feature

Wed May 23, 2007 2:34 am

Quoting YYZYHZ (Reply 3):
It looks good

it looks almost identical to what Air Canada has been doing for the past 3-4 years....good for AA

agree - though I generally prefer not to fly AC, I do think they have a good booking engine...
(Ouch, admitting that hurt!)

Canjet used to have a different feature that let you display several days' fares at once; Westjet does not and it is an annoyance, especially when you have to search day after day, with a slow conection.*

YYZYYT

PS - cool name, YYZYHZ...

* Of course, you can just call them and speak to an agent within 1 minute, and without paying any booking charge.
 
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RE: AA.com Unveils "new" Booking Feature

Wed May 23, 2007 3:13 am

Quoting B747forever (Reply 12):
Which other carriers have something like this????

I believe the search engine on alaskaair.com is nearly identical.
 
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RE: AA.com Unveils "new" Booking Feature

Wed May 23, 2007 4:01 am

Lufthansa´s website has a nice feature that you can see the differences in prices of the flights for each day compared with the flights from several days ahead and before your wished day of departure and shows you the cheapest flights.
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RE: AA.com Unveils "new" Booking Feature

Wed May 23, 2007 6:17 am

So, does anyone know when is this feature going live?
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RE: AA.com Unveils "new" Booking Feature

Wed May 23, 2007 6:34 am

Qantas has a similar booking system but it not as graphically nice!!!
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RE: AA.com Unveils "new" Booking Feature

Wed May 23, 2007 6:37 am

Quoting ElmoTheHobo (Thread starter):
Looks cool, almost like a carbon copy of the Southwest fare search engine.

Seems the folks here thought so too....

http://consumerist.com/consumer/copy...pies-southwests-website-262560.php
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RE: AA.com Unveils "new" Booking Feature

Wed May 23, 2007 9:31 am

Not bad, but not as good as AC's. What I really like about the AC booking engine is how it shows you the lowest fare available each day within 6 days of your selected departure. They also make it simple by making this display the only one for fare purchase. WS just updated their website, sadly they still make it too hard to browse for cheaper fares  Sad

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elmothehobo
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RE: AA.com Unveils "new" Booking Feature

Wed May 23, 2007 2:04 pm

Quoting Motif1 (Reply 16):
So, does anyone know when is this feature going live?

Should be June (beginning of summer), but with the way American runs things, June of next year sounds about right, and another year before it works properly.

Quoting Briboy (Reply 19):
Not bad, but not as good as AC's. What I really like about the AC booking engine is how it shows you the lowest fare available each day within 6 days of your selected departure.

American allows you to do that as well, although I think it is +/- 3 days. It still hasn't been released, so before we start bashing it we should give it a try.



On second thought, bash away.

Quoting BrianDromey (Reply 10):
Never mind, Im sure this is one in a long line of "innovations" which will put AA ahead of compeditors....just like the new J seat.

True. Though after bashing the seat that I have yet to try, I'm happy they struck a compromise between a new seat and maintaining the same J class seat count.

Quoting PanAm330 (Reply 7):
Good to see AA making another step forward!  

Or sideways. American is always play catch up, it no longer sets the standard.
 
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RE: AA.com Unveils "new" Booking Feature

Wed May 23, 2007 2:10 pm

Quoting AirTranTUS (Reply 2):
Actually, this new system is ahead of DL, CO, NW, and US but the same as WN.

Well, on nwa.com one can choose a specific booking class. This comes rather handy when searching for various promos when a specific reservation class is required.
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RE: AA.com Unveils "new" Booking Feature

Thu May 24, 2007 10:45 am

Quoting ElmoTheHobo (Reply 20):
American allows you to do that as well, although I think it is +/- 3 days. It still hasn't been released, so before we start bashing it we should give it a try.

*Nods*. Wasn't trying to bash - but I did not see it evident in the on-line demo. I guess what I like most about the Air Canada engine is how it puts allot of features in play without having to select any special buttons or check-marks.

On the home page, you enter in your origin, destination, one way or return, and dates, and the above screen appears. The mix of seeing the lowest fare, schedule, and different fare levels on one screen is what makes it nice to use.

If only the airline experience was this good *grins*

-Brian

PS, I *am* looking forward to the new AA site...
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