Boing Boing: DoNotPay bot launches a cheap airline ticket that automates the nearly impossible business of getting refunds when prices fall

Boing Boing: DoNotPay bot launches a cheap airline ticket that automates the nearly impossible business of getting refunds when prices fall . “The DoNotPay bot… is a versatile consumer advocacy chatbot created by UK-born Stanford computer science undergrad Joshua Browder, with its origins in a bot to beat malformed and improper traffic tickets, helping its users step through the process of finding ways to invalidate the tickets and saving its users millions in the process. Now, Browder has launched a service that tracks your plane-ticket purchases after you buy and, if there are sudden price-drops (as is often the case), automatically engages in the deliberately baroque and nearly impossible-to-invoke US consumer protection rules that enable you to get a refund for the difference.”

Mashable: Google can now predict flight delays

Mashable: Google can now predict flight delays . “The only thing worse than missing your flight is arriving on time just to realize the flight’s been delayed for a couple of hours, and there’s nothing you can do besides sip expensive airport coffee and worry about missing a meeting and/or a connecting flight. Google’s excellent Flights service has a new feature that should help remedy this.”

Lonely Planet: The world’s first airline compensation checker has been launched

I wasn’t sure whether to include this or not, and I think I should. Anyway, from Lonely Planet: The world’s first airline compensation checker has been launched. “Leading air passenger rights advocate AirHelp has launched the world’s first tool for travellers to check their eligibility for compensation from flight disruptions now up to three years in the past. The compensation-focused company’s new tool also allows travellers to visually map out their journeys from their mobiles into an adventure map that can be shared online.” You might wonder if the tool is limited because it notes compensation amounts in euros. But I was able to begin the checking process using a flight that occurred entirely within the United States.

Search Engine Land: Google adds price tracking features to flight search, hotel search and Google Trips

Search Engine Land: Google adds price tracking features to flight search, hotel search and Google Trips. “Google announced it has added features to help you plan your trips, flights and hotel stays for your vacations or business trips. Many of the features are around how you can save money or track prices for a travel destination. Google has been testing many of these features over the past month, so they may not appear new to some of our readers.”

Miltech: New web service launched to estimate radiation doses on airline routes (PRESS RELEASE)

Miltech: New web service launched to estimate radiation doses on airline routes (PRESS RELEASE). “Energetic eruptions of the Sun, such as solar flares and coronal mass ejections, may cause solar particle storms, which produce a large amount of charged energetic particles to the near-Earth environment. Solar particle storms pose a hazard to modern society, especially to space-borne technology. On Earth, we are protected by the atmosphere from the harmful effects of such storms. However, particles may occasionally have sufficient energy and intensity to produce notable effects in the atmosphere, even at the altitude of trans-polar airline routes. Passengers and crew may receive radiation doses significantly above the background level. Since the exposure of flying personnel to cosmic radiation is regarded as an occupational health problem (International Commission on Radiological Protection, 1991), it should be monitored. ”

PR Newswire: Airline Error Fare Search Engine Launched By CheapFlightsFinder (PRESS RELEASE)

PR Newswire: Airline Error Fare Search Engine Launched By CheapFlightsFinder (PRESS RELEASE). “The new search engine works by unveiling the cheapest flight prices found from over 1200 sources then launching a search for those fares on a multitude of search engines – including Skyscanner, momondo, Dohop, KAYAK, Google Flights and more. Not only are airline error fares uncovered but also genuine time sensitive travel deals officially published by the airlines. Once you have discovered an error fare, consumers can shave even more off the price by comparing those dates on different search engines, potentially saving up to 20% more.”

Bloomberg Quint: Google Shuts Off an Airline Booking Tool in Search

Bloomberg Quint: Google Shuts Off an Airline Booking Tool in Search. “Alphabet Inc.’s Google is pulling a software tool that let small companies access search information on airfares, a potential blow to online travel newcomers. Google’s tool was opened in 2011 after its $700 million acquisition of ITA Software Inc., an online airfare broker. In approving the deal, a federal judge required that Google keep an ITA flight search and pricing software, called QPX, accessible to third parties for at least five years.”

University of Miami: Eastern Airlines Archive Lands at UM

University of Miami: Eastern Airlines Archive Lands at UM. “This black-and-white photographic print, although undated and without a formal description, helps set a tone for how significant the aviation industry was to the development of South Florida. The print is just one of many items in the 440 linear feet of materials in the Eastern Airlines Archive, which was recently donated by the Eastern Airlines Retirees Association to the University of Miami Libraries Special Collections.”

Lifehacker: How To Find The Cheapest Airfares With Google Flights

Lifehacker: How To Find The Cheapest Airfares With Google Flights. “Google Flights is a solid tool for booking travel. You’re probably already familiar with its basic functions, like finding the best price for flights and browsing flexible dates that can save you money and time. However, there are some other, lesser-known features that can help you squeeze even more out of your travel budget.”

PC Magazine: Luggage Tag Code Unlocks Your Flights, Identity to Hackers

Oh good grief. From PC Magazine: Luggage Tag Code Unlocks Your Flights, Identity to Hackers. “Each traveler on a GDS [Global Distributed Systems] is identified by a six digit code which is also the booking code (known as a PNR Locator). That ID is printed on boarding passes and luggage tags, meaning anyone near your luggage or who views your pass can see it and easily snap a shot of it with their smartphone. With that one code, all traveler information can be accessed, including home and email addresses, phone numbers, credit card number, frequent flyer number, and the IP address used to make a booking online “

Hamad International Airport (Qatar) Now on Google Street View

Is it just me or is Google Street View doing more airports all of a sudden? “Hamad International Airport (HIA) announced the launch of Google’s 360-degree street view imagery of Qatar’s state-of-the-art airport as part of its digital strategy…. Today, anyone with an internet connection can explore the airport’s facilities within its 600,000 square meter terminal including Qatar Duty Free, its premium shopping emporium, the iconic Lamp Bear and various other art installations in the airport and all services offered within its five concourses.”

Dublin Airport Now on Google Street View

Now on Google Street View: Dublin Airport. “Dublin Airport has become the first airport in the world to provide a virtual tour of its runway and airfield. In partnership with Google, Dublin Airport is offering a 360 degree street level virtual tour of its runway system and airfield areas. Thousands of images were captured by Google’s Street View car which were compiled together to give a comprehensive 360o virtual tour of the runway and airfield at Dublin Airport.”