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Travel Industry: Get a Move On With Big-Data
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Re: Big data help for flexible travel needs
  • 7/12/2013 6:35:14 PM
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Essentially yes, i already had to leave a day earlier because the shorter flights were over so even if i had got the flight i didn't get that i was talking about, i would have got there several hours earlier...now the 7 hour layover is absorbed by me having to leave a few hours earlier and still getting there a few hours later.

Re: Big data help for flexible travel needs
  • 7/11/2013 4:10:09 PM
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But doesn't a 7-hour layover essentially change the date for you?!

 

Re: Big data help for flexible travel needs
  • 7/11/2013 4:05:27 PM
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And which delivers the best results, do you think?

Re: Big data help for flexible travel needs
  • 7/11/2013 3:17:21 PM
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Business-wise, I use travel agents, simply for the dissouncts, but when it comes to personal travel, I search the sites and find the deals myself.

Re: Big data help for flexible travel needs
  • 7/11/2013 12:35:04 PM
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No i managed to get space in a different slightly higher cost flight with a non-preferred seat left and a 7hour wait in Amsterdam...who knows what i will be doing for 7 hours....but then it is better than changing dates. i agree with you the airlines have mastered flight load optimization. 

Re: Big data help for flexible travel needs
  • 7/11/2013 12:24:28 PM
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And so, since now there are no flights for that date now, do you wait or pick another travel date? I think a lot of us end up changing travel plans because of the very scenario you describe. As a traveler, it's a pain but I do have begrudging respect for how the airlines have mastered flight-load optimization. I can't remember the last time I flew in a plane that wasn't entirely full or just a seat or two shy of that. 

Re: Big data help for flexible travel needs
  • 7/11/2013 12:20:03 PM
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Beth, - I have just this week had mixture of experiences trying to find an affordable and interesting flight. On interesting i was considering stops at places i haven't been to, minimal wait times, available seat locations etc. I log back into one site 3 hours later to find the price went up by 200USD. I close it and return a bit later and find a cheaper flight offer so i decide to wait a bit to decide, and the next time i return, there are no flights for that date!

With regard to travel agents, in my average axperience i am convinced i can always get a cheaper flight by going to the airline directly. As a result i don't see value added by using an agent but i could be wrong. However it is certainly a great idea to have an app that one can customize to find and schedule flights, hotel reservations etc and on top of that deliver a good formal report  at the end.

Re: Big data help for flexible travel needs
  • 7/11/2013 8:13:07 AM
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What? No free devices? Now that would get me into the nearest Apple store -- and quick.

Re: Big data help for flexible travel needs
  • 7/11/2013 8:11:01 AM
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Speaking of apps, have you all dropped by the apple App Store this week to get your free apps? There are five or so available to celebrate the store's fifth anniversary

Re: Big data help for flexible travel needs
  • 7/10/2013 10:40:05 AM
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I wouldn't be surprised if similar apps are available or in the works. Let us know if your traveler planner/buddy knows of any!

 

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