Fare difference waivers now surfaced alongside weather discussions
Plus SITREP-friendly single station option
Short update this week, with an improvement for travelers and operators a piece.
Helping travelers identify ticket flexibility
We’ve added an optional airline selector to the inputs widget: if the user specifies an airline, we’ll check for applicable waivers along their itinerary. While airlines have meaningfully improved general rebooking flexibility by eliminating change fees for most tickets, a fare difference can still inhibit rebooking in the face of interruption. These waivers unlock an additional level of flexibility to navigate yourself around potential disruption.
We’re manually collecting waivers to minimize investment in an unproven feature, but with signs of traction will automate this process1. Until then, there’s likely to be latency in adding them to our database (or even some missed waivers).
From a former SITREP author with ❤️
We also now allow users to specify a single airport, rather than origin and destination (and layover). We think this is especially well-suited for operators, who we hope will use this to save time while writing briefs and SITREPs.
Accordingly, we’ve encouraged GPT to output longer responses when summarizing just one airport and will likely explore further prompt differentiation (like permitting it to use more technical language) in the future.
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We’re also entertaining crowdsourcing as a workaround to airlines blocking our scraping efforts.