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Airport codes for hidden city ticketing now has a dedicated thread see here: http://forums.dansdeals.com/index.php?topic=45539

For mileage runs, here’s a backdoor URL: http://matrix.itasoftware.com/?showPricePerMile=true

Just do a regular search and it will be there. You can have it sort by CPM, great tool for mileage running.


Click on "Advanced routing codes" and enter the following routing codes:

Description    Format
Restricting to specific airlines   
Direct flight marketed by American Airlines   
Code: [Select]
[AA] or [C:AA]Any number of flights marketed by American Airlines   
Code: [Select]
[AA+] or [C:AA+]Direct flight marked by American Airlines, United, or Delta   
Code: [Select]
[AA,CO,DL] or
Code: [Select]
[C:AA,C:UA,C:DL]Direct flight operated by American Airlines (as opposed to a code-share or subsidiary carrier)   
Code: [Select]
[O:AA]Direct flight operated by American Airlines, United, or Delta (as opposed to a code-share)   
Code: [Select]
[O:AA,O:UA,O:DL]Up to 3 flights, including at least one marketed by US Airways   
Code: [Select]
[F? US F?]Any number of flights, including at least one marketed by American Airlines   
Code: [Select]
[F+ AA F+]Exclude United and only show direct flights   
Code: [Select]
[~UA]Exclude United and show options with zero or more connections.   
Code: [Select]
[~UA+]Search for results with exactly two flights, and excluding United from the 2nd flight   
Code: [Select]
[F ~UA]Search for results with a direct flight excluding flights marketed   
Code: [Select]
[~AA,CO,DL]Search for results with a direct flight excluding flights marketed by American Airlines, United, or Delta   
Code: [Select]
[~AA,UA,DL]A flight on US Airways followed by a flight on United   
Code: [Select]
[US UA]Restricting by alliance   
oneworld   
Code: [Select]
[/ alliance oneworld]SkyTeam   
Code: [Select]
[/ alliance skyteam]Star Alliance   
Code: [Select]
[/ alliance star-alliance]Restricting the number of stops   
Non-stop flight   
Code: [Select]
[N]Non-stop flight on United Airlines   
Code: [Select]
[N:UA]Direct flight (may have a stop, but same flight number continues to destination)   
Code: [Select]
[F]Specifying connections   
Any number of connections, each with a minimum connection time of 45 min   
Code: [Select]
[/ minconnect 45]Any number of connections, each with a minimum connection time of 1 hour, maximum connection time of 2 hours   
Code: [Select]
[/ minconnect 60; maxconnect 120]Require at least 20 minutes more than airline recommended minimum connection time   
Code: [Select]
[/ padconnect 20]One or more connection points   
Code: [Select]
[X+]One connection point with at least 45 min   
Code: [Select]
[X / minconnect 45]Exactly 2 connections   
Code: [Select]
[X X]Two connections or less   
Code: [Select]
[X? X?]Two connections or more   
Code: [Select]
[X X+]Connect in Dallas-Fort-Worth with no other connection points   
Code: [Select]
[DFW] or
Code: [Select]
[X:DFW]Connect in Dallas-Fort-Worth with any additional connections before or after   
Code: [Select]
[F? DFW F?]Connect in either Dallas-Fort-Worth or Denver with no other connection points   
Code: [Select]
[DFW,DEN]Connect only in Dallas-Fort-Worth or Denver   
Code: [Select]
[N DFW,DEN N]Connect in Dallas-Fort-Worth followed by Denver followed by 0 or more stops   
Code: [Select]
[DFW DEN X?]Find itineraries with exactly one connection and exclude connections in Dallas-Fort-Worth   
Code: [Select]
[~DFW]Exclude connections in the United States (Note: this does not exclude stops on direct flights.)   
Code: [Select]
[~l:nUS+]Specifying itinerary duration   
Maximum itinerary duration of 4 hours (specify in minutes)   
Code: [Select]
[/ maxdur 240]Specifying flight attributes   
Exclude overnight stops   
Quote
[/ -overnight]
Exclude both red-eye flights and overnight stops   
Code: [Select]
[/ -overnight;-redeye]Exclude propeller planes   
Code: [Select]
[/ -prop]Specifying specific flight numbers   
A particular flight -
Code: [Select]
UA882    UA882Any flights except UA882   
Code: [Select]
~UA882+A particular flight - UA882 - followed by any number of flights   
Code: [Select]
UA882 F+One or more flights on UA with flight numbers in the range 1000-2000   
Code: [Select]
UA1000-2000+
Nonstop flight on a United 737:
Code: [Select]
UA / aircraft t:737
Nonstop flight on a United 737-700 only:
Code: [Select]
UA / aircraft t:73G
Nonstop flight on a United 737-800 only:
Code: [Select]
UA / aircraft t:738
Specify fare class and maxconnect:
Code: [Select]
AA+ / f bc=Y; maxconnect 45
Exclude basic economy on AA:
Code: [Select]
AA+ / f ~bc=b
Exclude basic economy on DL:
Code: [Select]
DL+ / f ~bc=e
Exclude basic economy on UA:
Code: [Select]
UA+ / f ~bc=n
Exclude international light fares on UA:
Code: [Select]
UA+ / f ~..-lgt
« Last edited by Dan on July 09, 2021, 01:50:32 PM »

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Re: ITA Software Advanced Routing Codes
« Reply #160 on: February 16, 2014, 01:12:21 PM »
Im trying to use ITA for hidden city searches, have done it in the past without a problem using the code list in the wiki, today I am getting error messages. Anyone else having problems?

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Re: ITA Software Advanced Routing Codes
« Reply #161 on: February 16, 2014, 01:22:41 PM »
Im trying to use ITA for hidden city searches, have done it in the past without a problem using the code list in the wiki, today I am getting error messages. Anyone else having problems?
happened to me alot,
Just redo it a few times.
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Re: ITA Software Advanced Routing Codes
« Reply #162 on: February 16, 2014, 01:48:10 PM »
Tried 100+ more times. Still getting the following message:
Sorry, there was a problem handling your request. Please send us an email and describe what happened.

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Re: ITA Software Advanced Routing Codes
« Reply #163 on: February 17, 2014, 04:45:21 AM »
Tried 100+ more times. Still getting the following message:
Sorry, there was a problem handling your request. Please send us an email and describe what happened.

What, exactly, are you typing into each box? Maybe post a screenshot.

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Re: ITA Software Advanced Routing Codes
« Reply #164 on: February 20, 2014, 10:23:21 PM »
I've just tried to check for tickets for the first time using ITA. I am trying to book tickets from the NY NJ area to florida. What would be the best airports to put in as stopover options?

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Re: ITA Software Advanced Routing Codes
« Reply #165 on: February 21, 2014, 12:21:36 AM »
Departing from : NYC
Destination: MIA,FLL,PBI

No need to put in stopover.  Wouldn't  you rather take a non-stop?

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Re: ITA Software Advanced Routing Codes
« Reply #166 on: February 21, 2014, 01:11:08 AM »
When I search NY to TLV, Air Berlin is not coming up, does that make sense?
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Re: ITA Software Advanced Routing Codes
« Reply #167 on: February 22, 2014, 07:05:21 PM »
Is it possible to search for y ups on matrix

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Re: ITA Software Advanced Routing Codes
« Reply #168 on: February 23, 2014, 12:13:31 PM »
can i search for a round trip and use hidden city ?

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Re: ITA Software Advanced Routing Codes
« Reply #169 on: February 23, 2014, 07:34:04 PM »
Is there any way to have ITA default to show USD for all results?

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Re: ITA Software Advanced Routing Codes
« Reply #170 on: February 23, 2014, 07:45:09 PM »
can i search for a round trip and use hidden city ?
yes book as multi city


USD question, yes it's an option at the bottom

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Re: ITA Software Advanced Routing Codes
« Reply #171 on: February 25, 2014, 04:45:35 AM »
USD question, yes it's an option at the bottom

Tip: set the "sales city" to NYC rather than setting the "currency" to USD. Chances are you're gonna be buying from an American agent or website, so if you just change the currency, Matrix will show the prices as if you're buying from a TA based in the country of origin of your itinerary (which may be a different price than in the US).

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Re: ITA Software Advanced Routing Codes
« Reply #172 on: February 25, 2014, 04:49:17 AM »
can i search for a round trip and use hidden city ?

Only on the return. For example, for CLE-NYC, you can use multi-city to search for CLE-NYC, followed by NYC-PIT with a "stop" in CLE.

To get the saving in both directions, you must book two separate tickets - for example, CLE-NYC-BOS, and a separate ticket for NYC-CLE-PIT.

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Re: ITA Software Advanced Routing Codes
« Reply #173 on: February 25, 2014, 09:00:36 AM »
Tip: set the "sales city" to NYC rather than setting the "currency" to USD. Chances are you're gonna be buying from an American agent or website, so if you just change the currency, Matrix will show the prices as if you're buying from a TA based in the country of origin of your itinerary (which may be a different price than in the US).
Is there any way set it to default to NYC/USD?

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Re: ITA Software Advanced Routing Codes
« Reply #174 on: February 26, 2014, 12:26:40 AM »
Does anyone have any experience with hidden city on AA in regard to collecting miles? If I bought, say, JFK-LAX-SJC and drop LAX-SJC, does AA usually give you the miles for the first leg?

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Re: ITA Software Advanced Routing Codes
« Reply #175 on: February 26, 2014, 12:29:02 AM »
Does anyone have any experience with hidden city on AA in regard to collecting miles? If I bought, say, JFK-LAX-SJC and drop LAX-SJC, does AA usually give you the miles for the first leg?
Ime yes

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Re: ITA Software Advanced Routing Codes
« Reply #176 on: February 26, 2014, 07:12:15 PM »
I am so confused with Matrix utilization.  Wife and I want to go to AZ (PHX preferably) via LGB, LAX, or SNA (whichever cheapest) for 4-6 days and open from March 20 to mid-April.  Since I was told that BA isn't available during this time frame (wanted to use my UR), I was going to use my 40k TYP on CitiTYP travel site concurrently with 42.5k Barclay BM for any leftover balance.  Recommended?
Also, I copied and pasted the list of airport codes given on the airport code spots.  Now, do I add all of those other ones listed by Dan in brackets under "routing codes?"  Is it best to do MC, RT, or OW for my situation?  Teach me the ways please.   :)

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Re: ITA Software Advanced Routing Codes
« Reply #177 on: February 26, 2014, 07:55:53 PM »
I am so confused with Matrix utilization.  Wife and I want to go to AZ (PHX preferably) via LGB, LAX, or SNA (whichever cheapest) for 4-6 days and open from March 20 to mid-April.  Since I was told that BA isn't available during this time frame (wanted to use my UR), I was going to use my 40k TYP on CitiTYP travel site concurrently with 42.5k Barclay BM for any leftover balance.  Recommended?
Also, I copied and pasted the list of airport codes given on the airport code spots.  Now, do I add all of those other ones listed by Dan in brackets under "routing codes?"  Is it best to do MC, RT, or OW for my situation?  Teach me the ways please.   :)
Do you want anything better than this?

Mar 27   US 506   LAX   7:45AM   PHX   9:17AM   1h 32m   nonstop
Apr 1   UA 6523   PHX   5:30AM   LAX   7:02AM   1h 32m   nonstop
$138.00

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Re: ITA Software Advanced Routing Codes
« Reply #178 on: February 26, 2014, 08:12:15 PM »
Do you want anything better than this?

Mar 27   US 506   LAX   7:45AM   PHX   9:17AM   1h 32m   nonstop
Apr 1   UA 6523   PHX   5:30AM   LAX   7:02AM   1h 32m   nonstop
$138.00

I started playing with it actually.  Trial and error is the best way to learn:
Did LGB, LAX, SNA departure to PHX, AZA RT; 3/20 and a month later; 4-6 days; 2 adults and left everything else at default.  I got:
Mar 22   US 593   SNA   6:45AM   PHX   8:15AM   1h 30m   nonstop
Mar 27   US 2819   PHX   7:345AM   LGB   9:07AM   1h 22m   nonstop
$134.00
 ;D
Did I do good? Is it possible to get lower?!  Do you recommend that I use TYP and Barclay BM for this RT?

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Re: ITA Software Advanced Routing Codes
« Reply #179 on: February 26, 2014, 08:16:17 PM »
I started playing with it actually.  Trial and error is the best way to learn:
Did LGB, LAX, SNA departure to PHX, AZA RT; 3/20 and a month later; 4-6 days; 2 adults and left everything else at default.  I got:
Mar 22   US 593   SNA   6:45AM   PHX   8:15AM   1h 30m   nonstop
Mar 27   US 2819   PHX   7:345AM   LGB   9:07AM   1h 22m   nonstop
$134.00
 ;D
Did I do good? Is it possible to get lower?!  Do you recommend that I use TYP and Barclay BM for this RT?
Don't know about TYP etc... What do you get out of them?
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