|KVS Availability Tool|
|Scenario||Using the KVS Tool||Using a Consumer Booking/Airline Website|
|You are interested in planning a multi-city trip, maximizing your mileage accumulation on an upcoming trip or are planning a Mileage Run.|| Click the [Fares] Tab and select the [Fares/UNAP] Method. Right-click the fare list, select [View Routing Rules] and enter the Fare Basis Code (which can be obtained from your booking source or ITA Matrix) to see the applicable Routing Rules to find the longest possible routing.|
Please see the Airfare/Trip/Mileage Run Planning Basics for details.
|Traditional booking/airline websites are designed to minimize the number of flights/connections.|
|You are looking to redeem your frequent flyer miles for Award flights or upgrades on partner airlines.|| Click the [Awards/Upgrades] Tab and select the Method that corresponds to airline, for which you are redeeming.|
KVS Tool features 100% OneWorld, Star Alliance and SkyTeam Award Availability Coverage.
To determine the correct Method(s) to use, please consult the Award/Upgrade Booking Classes Table in the KVS Tool User Guide.
|Partner Award Availability is typically not available online (or is only available for a limited number of partner airlines). A telephone call is required to check Award Availability. The process is usually tedious and prone to human error.|
| You want to know where flight XY 123 is flying from/to.|
You want to know the reason(s) for flight delay/cancellation/diversion.
|Click the [Track] Tab, select [Operational Info], and enter the Date, Airline Code, and Flight Number.||Information is typically much more limited in detail.|
|You would like to see the Seat Maps for a specific flight.|| Click the [Timetable] Tab and retrieve the schedule for the route of your flight|
Double-click the flight and select a [Seat Map] option.
|Support varies from one website to another. Many carriers do not show Seat Maps until after the actual flight purchase.|
|You are planning a complex multi-segment Award trip and need to know if your proposed routing is valid.||Click the [Reference] Tab, select [Maximum Permitted Mileage/MPM], and enter the proposed routing.||Functionality is not available.|
|Submit your own usage example.|