October 21, 2010 | by Andrew Kameka
A few months ago, Google purchased a little known operation known as ITA Software, a company that tracks airline prices and schedules. Google promised to deliver some cool things when it acquired the company, pending approval from the FTC, but ITA isn’t waiting around.
ITA today delivered OnTheFly, an app that searches its large database and returns the best airfare prices. The app automatically recognizes your nearest airport and then scrolls through dates to locate flights. Users can then search by price, departure or arrival time, stops, airline, and duration to select a flight.
Search dates and terms are flexible in order to give users the best options. Pressing a dropdown menu will then reveal in-flight dining and entertainment options, as well as the type of plane. The one drawback I’ve noticed is that the ap doesn’t include direct booking since ITA doesn’t offer that service. But if you’re willing to make a call to the airline – a number is provided – you’ll be jet-setting in no time.
OnTheFly is available for free in the Android Market, so grab it if you have somewhere to be this year.