This is a quick script that I reversed engineered in order to poll ITA Matrix Airfare Search. It is still a bit rough around the edges as I try to clean it up. The goal is to determine a correlation between seat availability and price fare information to alert me on trends for flight segments. I want to build a cool dashboard in order to feed all this information to me automatically.
Right now I use ITA Matrix for airfare search & flightstats for seat availability. I'm looking to get information from nome other sites as well in order to get better data.
The ITA Matrix Airfare Search is a great tool so I suggest you go check it out here: http://matrix.itasoftware.com/ Also checkout Flightstats (https://flightstats.com) its a great site for finding information about tracking. I use it to monitor whether flights are on-time or not.
#Installation# (build steps) Copy flight_scraper.cfg.example to flight_scraper.cfg python setup.py build python setup.py install
- Requests (http://docs.python-requests.org/)
- MongoDB (http://www.mongodb.org/)
- Flask (http://flask.pocoo.org/)
- python-dateutil (http://labix.org/python-dateutil)
- Google Vizualizations API (https://code.google.com/p/google-visualization-python/)
- PhantomJS (http://phantomjs.org/)
- Selenium (http://docs.seleniumhq.org/)
MapReduce Job to map seat availability to pricing information.
Integrate with Prediction.io for Analysis.
Seat map for availability - alert if aisle/window seat becomes available.
Upgrade list - to track which flights give higher chance of upgrades.
Add support for non-direct flights
Calendar automated search support.
Command Line Interface
Backtest after enough data is gathered.
Add more Search Engine Scrapers
Add price forecasting from Kayak & Bing
Output reminders kayak style:
Stylize WebApp for reporting/Dashboard