Google’s ITA Matrix is the world’s most powerful airfare search engine. Google has thrown their support behind Google Flights, which is a good search engine for beginners or for tracking flight prices. But ITA offers many more features.
ITA Matrix 3.0 runs on technology which is being deprecated and all Google products running on it will shortly be turned off, meaning 3.0 is now on life support.
Enjoy the end of Matrix 3.0 while it lasts:
What happened to 4.0? I guess it never saw the light of day.
But after a quick glance, 5.0 seems to retain most of the beloved features of ITA, including the ability to use advanced controls as described in this DDF thread and wiki. With it you can do things that can’t be done in Google Flights, such as limit searches to a specific plane type, a specific flight number, to exclude basic economy fares, or much more.
But there are some glaring deficiencies in Matrix 5.0.
If you click “Modify search” it brings you back to the search home page without your search parameters. It’s not ideal to have to type that all in again to make a small change!
It also no longer remembers your recent searches as Matrix 3.0 did. I submitted feedback to get those features restored and you should do the same. The Matrix team says that they read all feedback and bug reports.
But beggars can’t be choosers, so I’m thrilled to see that ITA Matrix lives to see another day!
What do you think of Matrix 5.0?