Apparently this whole SMS thing is a pretty popular technology these days. Seems that it would be useful to have the various tools available from the Wandering Aramean Travel Tools site able to understand and interact with SMS messages, so they now can do precisely that. There are two main areas where the SMS interaction is available today: Search and Alerts.
Wondering what the next flight out is between a city pair? Or if there are seats available on it? Timetable and Inventory searches are now available. After configuring your account for SMS you can send a message to 678-619-2637 (678-61WANDR) and it will explain the query syntax to you for these two functions. As you can see in the screenshots below, it is a pretty simple syntax overall. It will reply back with up to 5 SMS messages containing the response to your inquiry.
Additional search functionality is on the horizon; if there are any particular functions that you want to see in the tool let me know either via email or in the comments here.
There are two main areas where the Travel Tools Alerts have been most useful recently, both focusing on flight inventory. If you want to receive those notifications via SMS not you can do that.
For the Star Alliance award search alerts the full details of the award aren’t included in the SMS; there is simply too much information there to try to consolidate it in to 155 characters. Instead the alert includes a link to the search results (in a mobile-friendly UI) so you can quickly see what the award results are.
For the Flight Inventory Alert (searches for a specified fare bucket on a single flight) option the alert actually includes the specific flight and inventory details so there is more information to act on directly there.
Like most things in life, there is a catch to this great new functionality: you have to be a First Class member to get access to it. I would love to make this freely available to everyone but the SMS gateway system actually has costs associated with it and I have to cover those costs or none of this will exist. That said, if anyone wants a 15-day free trial just let me know and I’m sure I can make that happen.
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