Do you want to know if a flight you are considering is loaded up with Wi-Fi, personal video monitors, live TV or movies?
CheapAir, a California-based online travel agency, began placing icons next to flight choices to document which flights have these in-flight entertainment amenities — and which flights don’t.
The feature works for both domestic US and international flights.
If you search for a Las Vegas-San Francisco flight Feb. 14 to Feb. 21, for instance, CheapAir shows you that numerous Virgin America flights come with Wi-Fi, movies on-demand and live TV.
That Virgin America flights max out on in-flight entertainment options won’t shock its regular passengers because the airline is known for these features.
CheapAir’s new features come in more handy for airlines where some flights have Wi-Fi or movies and others don’t.
For example, in the following image you’ll see some US Airways flights from Las Vegas to Atlanta come with Wi-Fi and others don’t. Similarly, some Frontier flights have live TV and others are blacked out.
You’ll also observe a star icon next to Air Tran flight 773. CheapAir designates that flight as its Top Pick “based on price, total travel time, on-time percentage, airline ratings, comfort and on-board amenities.”
It’s all part of a CheapAir effort to make flight search more transparent.
And, with its Top Picks, CheapAir is taking a page from Hipmunk’s Agony Index, although CheapAir is handling it in a different way.
â€śOften, there are many flights that are roughly the same price, but there might be a huge difference in the onboard product,â€ť says Jeff Klee, CEO of CheapAir.com. â€śIn the past, travelers would have to do serious research to find out all these details, which can be incredibly frustrating and time consuming. But, now weâ€™ve made it easy to compare in-flight amenities by having all the information in one place.â€ť