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New Google Flight Search Features Aim To Help You Save Time And Money

New Google Flight Search Features Aim To Help You Save Time And Money

By Chris Crum July 31, 2013

Google announced a pair of new features for Flight Search today called “Tips” and “Best Flights,” aimed at helping users save money and time, respectively. Here’s what the Tips feature looks like: “If you’re a budget-conscious traveler with some flexibility …

Japanese Airline Signs Multi-Year Deal With Google Japanese Airline Signs Multi-Year Deal With Google
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Google announced today that Japan’s largest airline, All Nippon Airways (ANA), has signed a new multi-year agreement to use its ITA Software pricing and shopping engine. The deal is actually a renewal, as the airline was one of ITA Software’s …

Google Launches Flight Search For Tablets Google Launches Flight Search For Tablets

Google announced today that it has launched Flight Search for tablet devices. To access it, simply go to google.com/flights from your device. “More and more travelers are using tablets to search for and book travel,” says Google user interface designer …

Google Flight Search Comes To Canada? Google Flight Search Comes To Canada?

Update (06/06): It’s live now. I guess they just let the post go a day early. The post is also live now. Original Article (06/05): It looks like Google is launching Flight Search in Canada in both English and in …

Google Flight Search Goes International Google Flight Search Goes International

In September, Google launched Flight Search, the fruit of its acquisition of ITA Software. It was a standalone service, but then Google integrated it right into search results in December. Until now, it has been U.S. only – meaning only …

Google Powers Flight Reservations For Cape Air Google Powers Flight Reservations For Cape Air

As you may know, Google acquired ITA Software last year after a round of regulatory scrutiny and a big stink raised by Google competitors (as they banded together with Google’s arch nemesis Microsoft on the FairSearch Coalition). Last fall, Google …

Google ITA Software Deal Reportedly Just Approved by Federal Judge Google ITA Software Deal Reportedly Just Approved by Federal Judge
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Google has had a long regulatory battle trying to get its acquisition of ITA Software approved. In April, it got DoJ approval. Just last month, Google finally launched Flight Search, as it was able to use the technology it acquired …

Google Flight Search Launched Google Flight Search Launched

After battling the regulatory process and competitors trying to block the deal, Google was finally able to get DoJ approval of its ITA Software acquisition earlier this year, and now today, Google has finally announced flight search, based on the …

Google Launches Flight Search Feature (Not Powered by ITA) Google Launches Flight Search Feature (Not Powered by ITA)
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Google is now showing which airlines serve particular routes in search results. Google will of course be getting much more into the flight search game now that it has closed the ITA Software acquisition. The company says it is “eager …

Google ITA Deal – FairSearch Coalition’s Response Google ITA Deal – FairSearch Coalition’s Response
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When the announcement came out regarding the Department of Justice’s approval of Google’s acquisition of ITA Software (with certain stipulations), we included a brief statement from FairSearch on the subject. FairSearch is an organization made up mainly of travel sites, …

Google ITA Software Acquisition Gets DoJ Approval Google ITA Software Acquisition Gets DoJ Approval
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The U.S. Department of Justice has approved Google’s acquisition of ITA Software, which provides a solution for flight information used by numerous travel sites, and has been the subject of a great deal of controversy related to competition. There are …

American Antitrust Institute Discusses Google ITA Deal
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The American Antitrust Institute (AAI) has stated the proposed acquisition of ITA Software by Google may be "straining the boundaries of antitrust analysis, but serious consideration of a challenge is warranted."

The organization has issued a White Paper discussing this.  

More Lawmakers Express Concerns Over Google-ITA Deal
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The passage of time doesn’t seem to be working in Google’s favor when it comes to the company’s proposed acquisition of ITA Software.  More than six months after the deal was announced, three additional lawmakers have decided that extra scrutiny is needed.

Missouri Attorney General Chris Koster, Representative Howard Coble, and Representative Thomas Petri all wrote to Assistant Attorney General Christine Varney to express their concerns.  They didn’t entirely condemn the arrangement, but the mere existence of their letters is a bad enough sign.

Google and FairSearch Argue ITA Acquisition on TV

As you may know, Google is trying to acquire ITA Software, but it has faced various hurdles, mainly led by a coalition called FairSearch, made up of travel sites. Now, the Department of Justice is looking at the deal. 

Microsoft and Others Join FairSearch Fight Against Google (Update: Google Responds)
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Update: Adam Kovacevich, Google Sr. Manager, Global Communications and Public Affairs offered us the following statement:

FairSearch Asks Congress, DOJ To Challenge Google-ITA Deal

Whether you agree or disagree with its cause, FairSearch, the organization that exists for the sole purpose of stopping Google’s acquisition of ITA Software, deserves credit for its resolve.  Today, FairSearch addressed letters to every member of Congress, asking them to contact the Department of Justice.

Google, FairSearch Play Tug-Of-War With Analyst’s Comments
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Neither Google nor the FairSearch coalition is close to backing down when it comes to the search giant’s proposed acquisition of ITA Software.  Today, Google attempted to highlight an analyst’s comments in support of the deal, and FairSearch fired right back by stressing the same analyst’s doubts.