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09/01/08 - A Fun Way To Search For Airfare Specials
We all know that searching for flights and airfares can be difficult and an irritating task. You search the same flight on four different online sources and end up with four different fares.
I can't tell you how to make searching for your flight less irritating, but I can tell you how to make it more fun! Over the past few months I have been playing with a fun online booking took from United Airlines that combines United's online fare system with Google Earth.
When you pull up a specific city you can see all the routes for sale from that departure airport laid out over a Google Earth Map. You can click on the fares, zoom in to see the sights or just stroll The Globe while viewing United's fares.
I know, not everyone uses United Airlines. Not everyone flies with the Star Alliance carriers, but this is still a fun little application to make the task of search for flights a little more enjoyable. I can tell you first hand that it is hard to make booking a flight from Hartford (BDL) to Vancouver (YVR) interesting, but this tool at least lets me have some fun while exploring my options.
You can download the Google Earth application and install the United Airlines components by visiting www.unitedgoogleearth.com
There are a few other airlines that are using Google Earth As well, such as
KLM Royal Dutch Airlines
Swiss Air Lines
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