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Archive for April, 2009

Now search round trip travel routes in free text search bar!

Tuesday, April 7th, 2009

Our free text search bar now supports round trip search requests too and you don’t have to search twice for your round trip journey. Instead you can now search something like

Bangalore to Mumbai tomorrow morning and return on tomorrow night ,

and you will get both onward and return routes.  Or you can search something like

Delhi to kolkata by flight on friday and back on monday morning.

If you have observed my examples closely you must have noticed that free text search bar now  supports time range along with date too.  So you can have any of these time range in your search queries: morning, evening, tonight, noon, night,  afternoon etc.

So go ahead and try it out. 🙂

Now you can specify travel class in your natural language searches too

Monday, April 6th, 2009

People have been demanding the feature of being able to specify the travel class in their free text search queries. As Rockey had put in a comment earlier.

I am pleased to announce, that its now out there. Some examples of specifying the travel class:

Lucknow to Delhi AC Train
Kolkata to aligarh by sleeper class next tuesday
Jammu to agra by 3 AC on saturday
hyderabad to Jaipur by 2 AC train

Its quite tolerant in terms of how you specify class. For example train class 3A can be specified as 3rd AC, AC, or as 3A.

All the train classes are supported:
– SL (Sleeper)
– 2A (AC 2 tier)
– 1A (AC First class)
– FC (Non AC First Class)
– CC (Chair Car)
– 2S (non-AC seating)

(point to note here is that if a class is not supported by a train we still show that train and try to show a class which is close enough. For e.g. if somebody wants 2A and its not there then we may show a 3A class as default if 3A is there in the train)

The flight classes supported are Economy and Business.

Classes supported in a Bus are Seater, Sleeper, but  the search end its not implemented.  Meaning even if you specify a class for bus travel, it will ignore it, as of now. But on our results page we do show you the supported classes by the Bus Operator.

Try it out! Feedback very welcome.

90di has got a new look for its results page

Friday, April 3rd, 2009

Bored looking at the same existing ui?

Here is a new and fresh look and feel for our search results page.

We have tried to show the results in more user friendly manner.

We have avoided the repetitions (The departure and arrival times used to repeat). In routes which involve at least one change-over, we are now showing the wait time at the transit station.

Along with this we have made some changes to how we get the routes. We now fetch the routes on demand. If you search from Bangalore to Mumbai, initially we show you the train routes. We get the flight routes only if you are interested in it, i.e, if you click on Flights tab. This applies to Bus and Train+Flight routes also. With this we have avoided loading your browser with routes which you don’t want.

Try it out and tell us what you feel about our new UI.

Please see the below images to understand the changes. The images on the left hand side are of the old UI and those on the right hand side are of the new UI.

Flight view in old version

Flight view in old version

Flight view in new version

Flight view in new version

Train view in old version

Train view in old version

Train view in new version

Train view in new version

Bus view in old version

Bus view in old version

Bus view in new version

Bus view in new version

Train+Flight view in old version

Train+Flight view in old version

Train+Flight view in new version

Train+Flight view in new version