Has Changed and it’s Even Better!

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As you all may know, I travel a lot. I travel without husband who holds down the fort at home while I do things that elicit anything from yawns of boredom to actual expressions of physical revulsion from him. I love him to bits and the fact he ABANDONS me to my DISASTROUS FATE of travelling alone I try and be kind of stoic about. Generally I use since I became aware of it after an Air Canada “back” button landed me there but I also have worked with them for years.
So I’ve had something come up and I need to leave ASAP and get to Toronto and later I need to get to Berlin then I have to get to Romania (Brasov) so of course, as a client and something I helped evolve, I popped over to to check flights. First let’s tackle Toronto. I don’t have much wiggle room with my flights. I need to do ASAP and I need as cheap a flight as possible so I turn to to see what it can do for me (and you should check them out too 😉 ):

toronto flights
Ya – OK being realistic work is not going to let me fly tomorrow. Let’s assume one week lead time to take off – may be less by the time I post this since I’m going to spend a bit of time fiddling with things. Amadeus defaults to tomorrow but I changed the default and chose my airport. The search functionality when you type in a city will give you a drop down to choose from. You do need to pick an airport for most cities but for Toronto it gives me an “all” option which it didn’t for Berlin. Just make sure you select your destination airport or city from the drop down.

toronto cheap
Check it out! If I leave on Jan 23 I can get the ticket cheaper – SCHWING! Thank you funky almost unnoticed graph in the lower left side! YOU ROCK! I’ve started using that to find the cheapest travelling times within a travel window as if I depart a week or less or more later it doesn’t matter right now. That is a super tool!

toronto schwing
So if you have a bit of wiggle room, you can use that little graph to find a cheaper flight without trying to guess which dates might be cheaper – best tool ever! Amadeus has many other trip tools of course – GO CHECK THEM OUT! 😉 I just don’t use them as often – well, weather yes and world clock OK you got me there but… ya OK and some others but not all of them 😀 But the Airport Guide was super useful at a new airport in Geneva because I needed the train station but not all the tools >_< (I’m not making a good argument for my lack of use, am I?)

Anyway – that was Toronto and the natural language search – let’s use traditional search for the flight to Brasov. I can’t fly direct to Brasov so I choose Bucharest.

WOAH THERE! There is a big difference in price and look – only 10 minutes difference in time. Surely this is something to check in to more. Part of me here wishes for some advanced options like telling the tool I want to take 1 checked bag and 1 carry on and I want to be able to select my seat in advance. That way I could see the real cost of some airlines (I’m looking at you US-based carriers and BA).

brasov cheap
There is a reason it is so much cheaper – it is RyanAir and I would rather cut off my right arm than fly with them. So we have our answer but KLM has some flights from Heathrow at better times so I think I will choose either British Airways or KLM depending on who is part of the Star Alliance and the baggage charges 😉

So now I’m on to Berlin. I dunno – what should I do? Where should I go? I just want to go to Berlin so I turn to Amadeus for Inspiration.

berlin flights
Dusseldorf – oooo why not? I never would have thought of that. Oh heck why restrict it to a city – where should I go in the summer for relaxing?

Ooooo – I’ve never been to Barcelona – good call! Thinking of Barcelona I think actually I might like to go to Porto but when is the weather right? How much are flights?

Uh, wrong Porto – good thing it has the map there! I am sure that Port doesn’t come from South America 🙂

porto plan
Right, I have to finish my break and get back to work – but I’m going to lose all my notes and have to redo everything! No trouble – I have all my recent searches there to the right and I can create a plan (you can too – this isn’t an exclusive club or anything) and get things going. I’d like to focus on Porto because I want to plan a trip there.

porto plan extras
So I’ve got some initial notes but by saving my plan I can make sure I have everything in one place.

That’s my journey. I’ve loved the tool for awhile and as they are a client I also use them a lot. They did ask me to write this post but all the opinions are my own as are my experiences with the tool. I like the tool and I have a wishlist of additions but knowing what I know I know when they’re likely to happen 😉

Give it a try and let me know what you think! Just go to and have a play and leave a comment below!

About Judith Lewis

Editor and chief blogger at Mostly About Chocolate. Expert SEO. judge at various chocolate awards, wine awards, and all the Search Awards. Judith is passionate about food, wine, and travel.

9 Responses to Has Changed and it’s Even Better!

  1. Becca says:

    I’ve never heard of this website before, but it looks like a really good tool to use. I shall have to keep it in mind for future reference.

  2. Elizabeth says:

    What a handy resource – and how lucky for you that you get to travel so very much! 🙂

    • Judith Lewis says:

      😀 Well, sometimes it is just work so I don’t get free time but it does mean I’m notching up my countries visited. I’ve done Iceland too!

  3. Bintu says:

    It is a rather super handy tool that I need to check out. All those places to visit, so little time

  4. I haven’t heard of this before, but I will definitely be taking a look as I am travelling a lot this year, and I want to save as much money as possible.

  5. Isabella says:

    Great post – I am off to Canada in the summer, I will definitley be giving this a whirl to try and find a good deal (without having to guess and play about with dates to find the cheapest one!) Thanks for sharing! 🙂

    • Judith Lewis says:

      I love this tool for things like finding the cheapest time to fly. I pick the cheapest month, pick a date, then use that bar graph. Easy to overlook but perfect!

  6. Katie Bryson says:

    Oooh this is a new website to me and looks like a great one! We’re moving house this year so i’m not sure if we’ll get a big family holiday this year, but maybe I can get some sneaky little weekend breaks instead…

  7. Looking great. I’ll be nipping over to have another play with it this evening.

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