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Routehappy’s new Sponsored Happiness Factors

Since Routehappy launched, we’ve been focused on how our core Happiness Factors — plane type, legroom, seat width, entertainment, plugs, Wi-Fi, cabin layout, airline ratings, airport ratings, connection time, and so on — help flyers compare flights.

Now we’re helping flyers discover the options that make a flight unusual or unique. And we’re partnering with five innovative airlines to do it.

We call it Sponsored Happiness Factors, and it’s our way of helping flyers to learn more about what makes flights different, helping airlines to show flyers what’s great about traveling with them at the point that it’s most important — while they’re shopping — and building on our Big Data foundation to keep Routehappy a sustainable business.

Think a next-generation Google AdSense for flights, but without the need for personally identifiable information, thanks to Routehappy’s smart intentional algorithms.

Here’s what it looks like on


For more info, read our Routehappy Sponsored Happiness Factor Press Release. For more info, contact us on Twitter (@Routehappy) or email

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Discover all you ever needed to know about the state of airline seating!

Seat types you'll find on

We’re thrilled to release our latest Air Travel Insight report, “Size matters: finding the best seats in the sky”.

Curious as to how many flights within the US have Roomier seats in economy? Or how many flights give you the option of Extra Legroom Economy in exchange for loyalty to the airline or a few bucks?

Or want to know whether the domestic US route you’re flying has international style flat beds up front? Perhaps you’re flying internationally, and want to know how your airline’s offerings stack up against the competition.

We’ve crunched the data in our custom database Flightpad — the same information we show every flyer on a flight-by-flight basis when they find a happier flight at Routehappy — to tell you all that and more.

Download the report today at!

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Posted in Insights & tips, Routehappy, Routehappy favorites

Flex your fingertips.

If you’ve searched for a flight on Routehappy, you know we’re all about getting you the happiest flight — for the lowest price. But did you ever notice our searches are filled with all sorts of hidden gems and info nuggets that could turn the ordinary flight experience into something extraordinary?


Since we’re always up for some fun on a Friday, the team at Routehappy decided to turn our vast database, Flightpad, into the perfect opportunity to have a little contest. And we’re playing it out over on Twitter @Routehappy.

Here’s how it works: At about 12pm EST on Friday 6/28, we’ll start tweeting a few questions. You’ll find the answers on Be first to answer them correctly, and we’ll reward you handsomely with one of these luxurious Routehappy t-shirts. (And we do mean luxurious). We might even throw in a little something extra.


So, are you ready? Flex your search muscle (which could be your fingertips) and we’ll see you at noon!

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Posted in Flyer tips, Genius tips, Routehappy

Why Wi-Fi is difficult, yet mandatory, for airlines — and great for passengers

Airlines are rolling out Wi-Fi to their planes as fast as they can, so you — the flyer — can get online. But many of them can’t tell you whether your flight will have Wi-Fi when you book.

At Routehappy, we track which airlines and planes (down to the different sub-type variants of each kind of plane) have Wi-Fi so that we could tell you whether your flight will be connected. We think that’s part of what makes a happier flight.


We predicted it was going to be a big data job — and it was — but we now have the world’s most in-depth and updated database of inflight Wi-Fi ever created.

And we use it to help you pick a Wi-Fi-enabled flight if you want one. Overwhelmingly, flyers tell us (and anyone else who’ll listen) that they value inflight Wi-Fi. People like being connected for work, leisure and travel purposes.

  • Get to Inbox Zero, find out whether you have to solve a work problem as soon as you land, or even start fixing it while you’re still in the air.
  • Update your family and Facebook friends on that funny thing that happened in the airport, or Instagram that gorgeous sunset from out your plane window.
  • Let your other half know that your flight’s on time, ask them to pick you up some lunch for the car, or make a surprise dinner reservation at your favorite spot.

We live in a connected world now, and flyers increasingly want to be connected en route to their destination. That’s why they want flights with Wi-Fi.

Compare up to four flights with Routehappy's Comparison Tool!

That’s especially true in the US, where our population density means that air-to-ground connectivity is possible. That’s the kind of Wi-Fi where cellphone towers point upwards to planes criss-crossing the country. It’s roughly the speed of a cellphone data connection — but shared between the plane. So, fast enough to do your basic business online.

Satellite connectivity, chosen by some airlines instead of (or alongside) air-to-ground networks, has hit a speedbump along the road to connectivity: federal regulators want to make sure that the hump on top of the plane that contains the big antenna will withstand a birdstrike.


That’s slowed some airlines down in outfitting their fleets. But don’t worry — you don’t need to track the rollouts, since Routehappy has you covered.

And we’re the only flight search site to let you know when you’ll find Wi-Fi internationally, too. Dozens of international flights from the US now have connectivity. We’ll help you find them.

We’ll even tell you what the situation is when we can’t be certain, so you can make the best decision for your flight.

We do the work of figuring out where there’s Wi-Fi, so you don’t have to.

Try it out: find a flight with Wi-Fi right now!

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The happiest flights in the US for July 4th

With just two weeks left until Independence Day, have you figured out where you’re going for the long weekend? July 4th falls on a Thursday this year — perfect for a long weekend getaway!

So we took a look at Routehappy to give you some great ideas about where you can fly happiest this July 4th, looking at economy flights leaving Wednesday July 3rd and getting back on Sunday July 7th.

The classic place to spend Independence Day is Philadelphia, the city of Brotherly Love and the location of the signing (July 1st) and ratification (July 4th) of the Declaration of Independence. Virgin America VX 136 from SFO will get you there the happiest, with a Roomier seat, Wi-Fi, on-demand entertainment and plugs to keep your devices charged up.
But of course, you’ll want to compare other options, like the US Airways flights from San Francisco. They have Wi-Fi — and the Airbus A321 planes have 32″ of legroom, an inch more than US Airways’ standard — but no plugs. Are the extra benefits on Virgin America worth the difference to you? Our powerful Comparison Tool lets you compare what you’ll find on board. You won’t find that anywhere else.

The happiest flights from San Francisco to Philadelphia

If you’re planning to spend July 4th in our nation’s capital, the happiest way to get to Washington DC is on Virgin America flight VX1 from San Francisco to DCA — Washington’s city-center airport right on Metro.

Heading to Hotlanta? The happiest flight to ATL is DL630 from Detroit, with an impressive 8.6 Happiness Score. That’s one of our favorite “international plane on a domestic flight” hidden gems, and we love showing you how, for no extra cash, you can have a much better flight!

If you want some heat and are flying to Phoenix, the happiest way to get there is jetBlue flight 135, with its 34 inches of legroom in standard economy.

Want some Windy City? United has three Boeing 787 Dreamliner flights from Houston — and with their big windows, entertainment, plugs and cabin pressure equal to 6000 feet rather than other planes’ 8000 feet, you won’t feel as tired or dehydrated.

But if a tropical trip to beautiful Hawaii is on the cards, you’ll be happiest flying Hawaiian Airlines, with flights from Seattle, Sacramento, Oakland and Phoenix sharing an Elated 8.7 Happiness Score. Aloha!

No matter where you’re flying to for July 4th, Routehappy can help you find the happiest flight — and at the lowest price. You don’t need to spend more to get more.

Find your own happiest flight right now!

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Use Routehappy’s new Comparison Tool to compare up to four flights in detail

We’re excited to bring you a world first in our mission to find you the happiest flight: our powerful new Comparison Tool.
Routehappy Comparison tool
For the first time ever, you can compare up to four flights side-by-side, right from our results page. With Routehappy’s signature Happiness Factors displayed clearly, you can figure out which of the flights is best for your needs. Like these options from New York to LAX — which are separated by a single dollar:
Routehappy Comparison Tool NYC to LAX
Is great on-demand entertainment more important to you on a six-hour flight? Or would you trade it for two extra inches of legroom? Or how about a plane with the popular pairs of seats by the windows — perfect for snoozing with your sweetie?

More than ever, the Comparison Tool lets Routehappy help you figure out what’s really important for your specific flight. And it takes the guesswork out of figuring out which flight is better, like on these Air France flights from New York to Paris:
NYC to Paris - Routehappy comparison tool
Identical prices, just a couple hours’ differences in departure times, but look at the difference in happiness. Pretty cool, right?

Find your happiest flight with our new Comparison Tool right now!

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Posted in Air France, Comparison Tool, Happiness Factors, Los Angeles, New York, Paris, Routehappy

Now you can book direct with US Airways on Routehappy!

We know that flyers like buying their tickets direct from airlines, so we’re thrilled to welcome US Airways as our latest airline booking partner. Hey there, Phoenix!

Now once you’ve found the happiest flight for the lowest price, we’ll hand you over to our buddies at US Airways to buy your ticket.

Get more legroom on US Airways flights! US Airways' Envoy suite is outstanding!

As well as US Airways, you can book direct on American Airlines, Delta and United, plus Air France, Alitalia and KLM — and we’re adding new partners frequently. For other airlines, our friends at Priceline (no longer just a bid-for-flights site!) will take good care of you.

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Posted in Airline, Phoenix, Routehappy, US Airways

Behind the scenes: how Flightpad helps you find happier flights

Whew! What a week it’s been since we launched Routehappy. We’re so excited that people love finding happier flights as much as we do — and we’re equally excited to be saving everyone money with our low-fare flight search engine.

To help you get happy, we calculate Happiness Scores for every version of every cabin, on every airline, to and from every airport that it serves.

More legroom, extra space, better entertainment, plugs, Wi-Fi and more are calculated in Routehappy's database, Flightpad.

One of the most frequent questions that pops up is “how on earth do you keep all this data straight?” Since nobody has ever gone this far before, we had to build a sophisticated system to make all this work. It’s called Flightpad, Routehappy’s proprietary Flight Product Attribute Database.

It’s a lot more than a big database, though. It’s a flexible system to capture product attributes by cabin, subfleet, route, duration and other factors. It also lets us figure out how to match all of the plane-by-plane data you won’t see anywhere else with real time fares and availability.

Flightpad lets us deal with huge, complex datasets, the exceptions and nuances inherent to flight data (like codeshares, for example), and the product specifications that require us to think about cabins and flights together. Want some facts and figures about Flightpad?

  • Flightpad takes up about 6GB of space on Routehappy’s servers. That’s approximately 18.6 episodes of Modern Family on your iPad (or 9.3 if you prefer watching in HD).
  • Flightpad is coded in a delicious mix of Perl, PL/SQL and crunchy oat clusters.
  • Compiling a precise happiness score for every scheduled flight in the world takes over 5,000 lines of code.
  • It takes 7.84 million rows of data to represent worldwide flight happiness. If each row was a person, that’d be about the population of Austria.
  • Flightpad crunches aircraft and cabin-specific happiness data plus worldwide flight schedules and global country, city, airport, and airline reference data. It’s constantly checking Routehappy flyer reviews and adjusting our Happiness Scores based on how you rate airports and flights.
  • Billions of data points are pulled into Flightpad and displayed up to 330 days into the future, since that’s how far out airlines publish their schedules. And you can review a flight up to one year after taking the trip.
  • Even with powerful servers, efficient code, seasonal pruning and regular watering, it can take up to 6 hours to entirely re-generate a Flightpad data set. Routehappy does this as often as daily to ensure our data is fresher than your grandpa’s heirloom tomatoes.
  • Flightpad gets all Sherlock on us (“Elementary, my dear Watson”), automatically detecting any errors or anomalies in our airline amenities research. That helps prevent inaccurate happiness factors from appearing beside the flights you see on (Spot some that sneaked past anyway? Zap us an email and we’ll get right on that.)
  • It’s one of a kind, and its powerful features let us ask it complex questions like “what’s the shortest flight in the world on a jet with full flat beds,” “how many 4-cabin flights depart daily from the New York area”, or “how many flights from the USA have international first class every week?”
  • You’ll find flights to/from 3937 commercial airports worldwide, in 223 different countries, on Flightpad. The busiest are the USA, Canada, China, Australia, and Russia.
  • Flightpad pulls in data from real-world Routehappy user flight reviews intelligently, and factors that into the Happiness Score you see when you search for a flight on

Altogether, it’s a completely new (and very exciting) way to find better flights. Check out Flightpad and find a happier flight right now!

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Why flyers need happier flight search

We’re thrilled to introduce Routehappy, a new kind of flight search that will help you fly better.

At Routehappy, our whole team is passionate about improving your experience in the air. Because we know that no matter how much or how little you paid for your flight, you’d rather:

  • stretch out your legs instead of feeling squished
  • watch in-seat entertainment rather than staring up at a single channel overhead monitor
  • work comfortably from coast to coast, rather than running out of power somewhere over Missouri
  • rest in a fully flat bed-like seat when you have an important meeting after you arrive.

All these things can make or break a trip. But until today, it’s been impossible to see the differences when you search for flights. You’d never buy another expensive product without knowing its features — so why would you buy a flight on price and schedule alone?

The fact is, all flights are not created equal.

So, we created Routehappy, to help you find the best flight experience for your money. We do this by revealing the things that make you happy when you fly — details that are missing elsewhere.

We call those Happiness Factors, and combine them into a single, simple Happiness Score for every flight. Now, for the first time, it’s easy to get the features that you want when you fly.

Our Happiness Factors and Happiness Scores — combined with our robust low fare search engine — give you everything you need to make an informed decision and get the best bang for your buck.

All in one really easy-to-use site.

We’re convinced you’ll never think of flight search the same way again.

Find a happier flight right now.

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Why airlines need help differentiating

It’s time to differentiate flight search.

We’re a group of experienced travel, data and web professionals who know that there is a lot more to flying than just price.

You’re investing in the traveler’s experience like never before. Your new planes with larger windows and better cabin pressure, full flat pods in business class, economy seats with lots of legroom, streaming entertainment, and brand new terminals are all fantastic innovations.

"US Airways Envoy suite is outstanding!" -Ben H from Philadelphia to Madrid on Routehappy Main Cabin, Extra Great. On American's new Boeing 777-300ER, Main Cabin Extra has one fewer neighbor across than Main Cabin. With more than four inches more legroom (and on-demand entertainment), it's a great way to fly. Routehappy. Fly better.

But existing flight search tools leave flyers completely ignorant about the enhancements you’re making, forcing them into choices based just on price and schedule. We’ve set out to do something about that.

Rather than hoping that your brand advertising shines through today’s commoditized flight search experience, Routehappy helps you differentiate your product right when it matters most — at the point of purchase.

We explain to travelers why the product matters. We’re honest and unbiased, so flyers know what to expect. This creates a fair playing field where you can promote your product enhancements most effectively to flyers who care.

"Brand new flagship United Club in T1 near C16. Not your grandma's airport lounge!" -Robert A at Chicago O'Hare on Routehappy "Nice to have a meal on a short flight. I was thrilled to not have the same old snack basket." -Vicki M, in Delta domestic first class, on Routehappy.

You’re shaking up the status quo in flight experience. Starting today, Routehappy is shaking up the status quo in flight search.

We make it easy for flyers to see that flights and airlines are differentiated. And we’ve only just begun.

Like our mission? Let’s talk.

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Routehappy helps you fly better.
Now everyone can find shorter flights with roomier seats, on nicer planes, with better entertainment, plugs, Wi-Fi and more — from better airports.

 • Why flyers need happier flight search
 • Why airlines need help differentiating
 • Happiness Factors and Happiness Scores

 • Are you a Flight Genius too?
 • Learn more by watching our 90-second video
 • Read the Routehappy launch press release

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