ExpertFlyer is a subscription based service that I find valuable. A subscription costs $99 per year, and there is quite a bit of value you can get out of it:
- You can see fare class inventory and fare rules for a vast majority of airlines
- You can search award availability on select airlines
- You can look at seatmaps for specific flights on many airlines
- Most useful of all is that you can set alerts, so that you’ll be emailed when a specific seat opens up, specific fare class opens up, award seat opens up, etc. (though for award seats it only works on select airlines)
If you’re a frequent flyer, I think having an ExpertFlyer subscription is well worth it.
Well, ExpertFlyer has just added another feature that I think many will find valuable. ExpertFlyer now offers flight schedule alerts, which will monitor a flight for any schedule change, and notify you as soon as it’s made. You can choose how sensitive you want the alert to be — whether you want to be notified of any change, or only want to be notified of a change of at least 5, 15, 30, 60, or 120 minutes.
You can create these alerts in one of three places:
- Flight Details results page
- Flight Timetables results page
- The Create New Flight Schedule Alert page (linked to from the left side menu)
There are a couple of reasons something like this could be valuable:
- Often airlines will have schedule changes but won’t inform passengers; they’re supposed to, but that doesn’t mean they will, so this is a great way to stay on top of that
- Airline schedule changes allow you to change tickets without paying any fees, so this is an easy way to track whether or not you get one of those
As a premium ExpertFlyer member you can set up to 30 alerts at a time, which includes all types of alerts. So if you’re a super frequent flyer you’ll have to pick and choose which flights to set alerts for.
Will you get any use out of ExpertFlyer’s new flight schedule alerts feature?