I’ve found the quickest way to track a flight is to skip the airlines website or the airlines mobile app and go straight to my Google toolbar. In order for this trick to work, you need to know two things:
- The airline’s two letter ITA airline code
- The flight number
Then just Google it. It works on my laptop, ipad, and iphone.
I typed in UA 123 and here are the results.I Googled AA 123 and received these results.I Googled JetBlue flight 123. JetBlue has more of an odd 2 letter code, as it is B6 123 and I received these results.I Googled Southwest flight 123 and it is a multi-segment flight and here are the results. They also have an odd 2 letter code, WN, so I typed in WN 123.Bottom Line:
If your not sure of what the airline 2 letter code is, the International Air Transport Association (IATA), a global airline trade association, has an on-line directory here. But once you crack the code, it is a lot easier to Google flight numbers rather than using the airline specific site. When I switch my search toolbar to Bing it seems to work, however, it doesn’t seem to work when I switch it to Yahoo. And one more bonus Google tip – did you know you can get answers to math problems in the Google tool bar? 1+1, anyone?