techTravelr’s Flagship iPhone App, ‘Airfare’!
Update: 1.3 Version Now in the App Store!
Airfare is simply a fantastic resource for people who fly, or plan to fly on airplanes – no matter how frequently.
Let’s take a tour of the Airfare iPhone / iPod Touch app! The first screen you’ll come to, commonly known as the “splash” screen, is pretty much a shameless plug for yours truly. There’s a pretty logo for techTravelr and a logo for inZania. inZania is a tight-knit group of eccentric programmers, passionate about technology. We (that is to say, inZania) have put out several other apps, such as MadLibs and StudyArcade Pro.
On the following screen, you have an option to search either by day or by month. Daily search will generally come up with a better fare for that specific day, but monthly will give you an idea on the cheapest days to fly. This is what the monthly search looks like:
As you can see, you have two input boxes for listing departure airport and destination airport, as well as a “chooser” for selecting a date. The first thing to do is select your airports, of course. Clicking on the input box, then typing either the city name or airport code (e.g. LAX) will bring up your options. It’s indescribably helpful having this feature if you don’t know the airport code you want to go to. Just put in “Port” and “Portland, United States – PDX” pops up, if that’s not the one you want, you can click the little arrow to see another one that has “Port” in it.
Then you select the date that you want to leave, in my case, it’s going to be April, 2009.
Then we search!
Search speed depends on your connection, but over wifi, it only takes a few seconds, at most.
This calendar shows the cheapest day to fly in the month you selected; the highlighted one is the cheapest in the month. $237 coast-to-coast is certainly not a bad deal, but unfortunately, I need to leave on the 7th, so the price is a little higher. Clicking the date brings you to the detail view:
Here we have listed all of the flights that leave on the 7th with their prices, name of airline, departure and arrival times and dates. The dates are important, as this is a round-trip ticket. Clicking on the ‘GO’ button brings a few options. From here, I can email the flight to someone or open the flight details in mobile safari (and thus purchase the tickets using the iPhone.) I’ll going to choose the former, as it’s much more convenient using my computer to input billing details.
And there we have it, Airfare for the iPhone. It’s extremely handy to have around, even just for price-checking flights on a whim. Download it, test it out, let me know what you think!