Screenshot of Matrix landing page Google’s Matrix.itasoftware is quite possibly one of the best tools to use in order to find cheaper airfare than what you would find on Expedia, Orbitz, and other large Online Travel Agencies (OTAs). Matrix is the backbone for Google Flights because it taps into Amadaeus (is this really why?!?!) Matrix first surface back in XXXX and has been my go-to source for looking for flights ever since I stumbled on it. Matrix is great due to the following reasons: Nearby airport search functionality Ability to be flexible Advanced routing options And even more This is the feature that, in my opinion, sets apart Matrix from the other OTAs. Being based out of Pittsburgh, finding flights for cheap is usually a difficult endeavor. But, with Matrix, you can set Pittsburgh as your origin, click nearby airports, and add all/any nearby airports to your origin. This functionality can also be used for your destination location as well. Being flexible is one of the best ways to save money on travel. Even if it is the day before or after you want to originally leave, you have the potential to save hundreds. My favorite part of the flexibility feature is that you can search for how many nights you are looking to stay over a 30 day period. being able to search for that large of a span, you might be able to see how the rates will fluctuate over seasons. The advanced routing options is where Matrix flexes it’s muscles. With advanced options, you can search based on airline alliance, where to have a layover, and more that you can view here. Now on to the most important part – how to actually use Matrix. Open up your web browser to matrix.itasoftware.com add rest of stuff here As you can see, looking for fares won’t really begin to tell you how much you could potentially save. Let’s look at airfares from Pittsburgh (PIT) to Phoenix (PHX) for February 1st, 2015.
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