Can You Save Time Booking ITA Matrix Itineraries With BookWithMatrix?

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I’ve written that ITA Matrix is a powerful airfare search tool with many built-in options not available elsewhere.  It’s simple to perform basic searches, and you can filter results by airline, departure and arrival times, flight duration, number of stops, and more.

But there’s a big limitation – you can NOT book a ticket on ITA Matrix.  Once you find a fare, you must purchase your flight directly through the airline or with an online travel agency.

Now, there’s a way to quickly book ITA Matrix itineraries without hunting for the fare elsewhere.  BookWithMatrix finds the fare for you!  All you do is copy and paste the itinerary from the ITA Matrix search.

Can You Save Time Booking ITA Matrix Itineraries With BookWithMatrix

BookWithMatrix Saves Time and Aggravation Searching for Flight Itineraries You’ve Found on ITA Matrix

I’ll show you how to use BookWithMatrix and help you decide if it’s worth using!

BookWithMatrix Is Easy to Use

Link:   ITA Matrix

Link:   How to Use ITA Matrix Like a Pro

Link:   BookWithMatrix

If you’re new to ITA Matrix, check out my series on How to Use ITA Matrix Like a Pro.

Here’s how to book a ticket using BookWithMatrix.

1.   Go to ITA Matrix and Search for a Flight

Enter your search criteria on ITA Matrix.

Can You Save Time Booking ITA Matrix Itineraries With BookWithMatrix

Search for a Flight on ITA Matrix as You Normally Would

2.   Choose Your Flights

Select the specific flight itinerary you want by clicking on the price.

Can You Save Time Booking ITA Matrix Itineraries With BookWithMatrix

Select the Flights You Want From the Results List

3.   Copy and Paste Itinerary

You’ll see a detailed itinerary page which looks like this:

Can You Save Time Booking ITA Matrix Itineraries With BookWithMatrix

You’ll Be Taken to the Page Showing the Details for the Fare You Selected

On this page, select ALL (the entire page!) and copy it.  Here’s how:

  • Hold “Command” and “A” to select the whole page (Or “Control” and “A’ on Windows computers)
  • Hold “Command” and “C” to copy it (Or “Control” and “C’ on Windows computers)

You may also find these functions under the “edit” button on your browser.

Can You Save Time Booking ITA Matrix Itineraries With BookWithMatrix

Use Command-A to Select the ENTIRE Page. Then Command-C to Copy It

4.   Paste Itinerary Into BookWithMatrix

Go to BookWithMatrix and paste your selection (hold “Command” and “V”) from step 3 in the box.  Or the “Control” key and “V” on a Windows computer.

Can You Save Time Booking ITA Matrix Itineraries With BookWithMatrix

Paste the Whole Itinerary Into the Search Box on BookWithMatrix

5.   Choose a Booking Site

BookWithMatrix will preview your itinerary, and you can choose your booking site at the bottom of the page.

Can You Save Time Booking ITA Matrix Itineraries With BookWithMatrix

Pick Your Booking Site – but You Might Have to Try More Than One

Not all booking sites work for every itinerary, so try them all.  They’ll each open in a new window.

6.   Purchase Your Ticket

Once you find a booking site that works, purchase your ticket as you normally would.

Can You Save Time Booking ITA Matrix Itineraries With BookWithMatrix

Pay for Your Ticket on the Booking Site of Your Choice

Are There Drawbacks?

Limited Booking Options

I created different itineraries on the ITA Matrix, including several complex ones, and each time BookWithMatrix pulled up at least one option I could book.

That said, sometimes you must try more than one of their listed travel sites to find one that works.

Can You Save Time Booking ITA Matrix Itineraries With BookWithMatrix

BookWithMatrix Works With Complicated Itineraries, Like This One

BookWithMatrix currently only supports Priceline, Orbitz, CheapOair, American Airlines, and Alaska Airlines.  Although that wasn’t a problem with any of my sample itineraries, there may be flights that won’t work with BookWithMatrix.

It May Be Cheaper to Book With Airline Directly

Some online travel agencies add booking fees or charge slightly higher fares than the airlines directly.  So if you book through an online travel agency, it’s worth peeking at the airline website to be sure you’re getting the best deal.

This can negate the time you save using BookWithMatrix!  But if you’re just concerned about finding and booking your flight quickly, you may be willing to pay a few extra bucks.

Can You Save Time Booking ITA Matrix Itineraries With BookWithMatrix

You Might Save a Bit of Money Booking Through the Airline Directly

And some airlines, like Lufthansa, Austrian Airlines, Brussels Airlines, and SWISS, add an additional ~$18 to the price of your ticket if you book through a 3rd-party site!

Bonus Points and Double, Triple, and Quadruple-Dipping

Keep in mind, you’ll usually (but not always) earn bonus miles and points when you book through an online travel agency and use a card that has airfare as a bonus spending category.  That’s on top of the miles you’d earn for the flight.

But some folks like to triple-dip by going through a shopping portal to an online travel agency site before booking.  And I don’t see a way to use BookWithMatrix and a shopping portal.

Remember, some online travel agencies offer their own loyalty program.  So it may be worth manually entering your flight details into the 3rd party site of your choice to earn:

  • Shopping portal cash back or points
  • Online travel agency loyalty points
  • Bonus miles on your credit card
  • Airline miles earned by flying

Keep Cancellation Policies in Mind

Remember, airlines and online travel agencies have different cancellation policies

So if there’s a chance you’ll have to cancel your ticket within a short time of booking, you’ll want to use a booking method with the most flexible rules.

Who Should Use BookWithMatrix?

I’d recommend trying BookWithMatrix if you’re already comfortable with ITA Matrix and booking elsewhere.  It’s easy and free to use.

If you have a simple itinerary, it might be just as fast to copy the flight details and book directly through the airline, or manually enter the flights on the 3rd-party site of your choice.

But for complex itineraries (for example, multi-city, open jaw, or multiple airlines), BookWithMatrix could save you a lot of time.

Bottom Line

If you use ITA Matrix as an airfare search tool, there’s now an easier way to book the itineraries you find.  BookWithMatrix allows you to copy and paste an ITA Matrix itinerary, and could save you time you’d otherwise spend hunting for the fare online.

But it’s currently limited to a few booking sites (mostly online travel agencies).  I didn’t have issues with the itineraries I tried, but I can’t guarantee it works for all trips.

And some folks might prefer booking manually through an airline or 3rd-party site to take advantage of stacking deals, better cancellation policies, or slightly lower prices.

Let me know if you give BookWithMatrix a try and what you think!

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