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FAQ

1)  What does 90di stand for?
2)  What is 90di Travel?
3)  What are the main features of 90di Travel?
4)  What is the technology behind giving "maximum choices"?
5)  What is the advantage of using 90di for just Air travel?
6)  If I am traveling by train why can't I use the official railway sites directly?
7)  Give some examples of rare routes which 90di Travel uncovers?
8)  How do I make use of 90di Travel?
9)  How do I book my ticket?
10) What are the benefits of supporting trains also in the search?

1) What does 90di stand for?
90di (pronounced Ninety D I ) stands for Ninety Degree Internet. It is the nick name of our longish company name Ninety Degree Internet Software Private Limited!

90 degree is a synonym of vertical. It is a metaphor for developing tools and applications, which fall into the category of vertical search (or deep search). For example, search which caters to a particular vertical like Travel and also to a particular region/community (like India). So the idea is to build information tools which service the needs of a community for a specific area by looking at information in-depth!

2) What is 90di Travel?
90di Travel is a travel search engine for travelers in India. It aggregates information from all the Airlines in India and the Indian Railways. It combines the train and flight routes to show numerous traveling route possibilities to the user! Also it connects directly to the Airlines and Railways to get seat availability information in real-time.

3) What are the main features of 90di Travel?
The main features of 90di Travel are:
  • Find the best travel routes (including flight and train availability) between 4000 places in India. We try to give you maximum choices/possibilities, by combining different flights and trains. Only when one has all the choices/possibilities can one choose the "best" travel route.
  •  Aggregates data from all the Airlines in India and the Indian Railways. Hence makes it a one stop place for your travel search irrespective of your travel mode.
  •  If your travel route involves a flight and a train route, then it gives you just that. Just mention the from and to places (no need to bother about station/airport codes) and it will show you the various route possibilities.
  • Filter your routes on service providers (exclude or include a service provider)
  • Sort your routes on various things like fare, travel duration, departure and arrival times, number of transits.
  • See your route on India Map. Specifically useful for train routes.
Also see the answer to question 4 below.

4) What is the technology behind giving "maximum choices"?
With numerous trains and flights, there are many ways of traveling between two places. If we look at any two big metros, there can be thousands of ways of traveling between the two places. We have developed an algorithm to solve this problem. Our proprietary algorithm, explores all possibilities and all modes of travel between two places in a time effective manner. We then present it to user in a simpler form so that he/she can use it.

5) What is the advantage of using 90di for just Air travel?
We also give information like lowest fare as other sites do. Beside that we give all possible useful combinations of flights between two different places in India. For example for some days we give around 40+ possible flight combinations for traveling between Nagpur and Guawhati. We are able to do this as we combine flights from various airlines to find the best possible way to reach a place. This combinations gives maximum choice to the user and so the user can select the best route as per convenience. Only when one has all the choices/possibilities can one choose the "best" travel route.
Also, we show data from all airlines and since we are not making revenue by booking tickets we do not have any vested interest in preferring one airline over the other

6) If I am traveling by train why can't I use the official railway sites directly?
You can of course use the official sites directly. But we make it very easy to find the relevant information in just a single search. There are couple of reasons:
  • Routing of trains: The official Indian railway web sites do not give routing between two stations i.e. it does not show indirect trains. 90Di shows direct as well as indirect trains (shows up to 1-change now).
  • You get numerous route possibilities (over several direct and connecting trains) and also their availability all in a single search. It should save a lot of time when planning your train travel.
  • Also some cool features like see your route on the India map, make it a very attractive proposition to search on 90di.
NOTE: You would in any case need to go to the IRCTC site to book your tickets. 90di just helps you find routes and availability quick and fast!

7) Give some examples of rare routes which 90di Travel uncovers?
Some examples of routes, which a traveler will find very difficult to find otherwise:
  • Bangalore (in the south) to Hojai (in the north-east).  Note: Search by train
  • From Bikaner (BIKANER JN - BKN(S) , in north-west) to Chennai in the (south-east)
  • ALIGARH (in UP) to TRIVANDRUM (in Kerala)
  • Delhi to Mysore ( MYSORE JN - MYS(S))

8) How do I make use of 90di Travel?
Just go to www.90di.com/ and specify your traveling requirements:
  • The From and To places: This can be done at a place name level e.g. Bengalooru or Mumbai or at a specific station or airport level like Bangalore SBC, Dadar or Bombay airport (MUMBAI - BOM(A)). Type the first two letters of the place name, which makes a drop down appear with all the places matching the entered letters. Select the place of interest.
  • The travel dates - just click on the "Leave" or "Return" text box to select the travel dates from the calendar pop-up
  • You could also change the Travel mode to Train or Flight. Default is Train + Flight.
  • Specify whether its a one-way or a round trip.
Now just do a search to see all the routes based on the search criteria you specified. Instantly after displaying the search results, it connects to the respective service providers (airlines and railways) to get the fare and seat availability in real-time for the searched routes.
  • On getting the availability information, it automatically removes the routes which are not available at this time. You can get back an un-available route by clicking on the "Show unavailable routes" check box.
  • Also the user can narrow down the search by specifying details like by using the filters provided e.g. the Service Providers (SP) filter. Check/un-check on the service provider link to see or filter out a route serviced by that SP.
  • Click on details link on a route. To see detailed information regarding a route.
  • Click on the "view map" link on a route, to see the route on India map. This is particularly nice feature for train routes as it shows the stations the train would pass by on its route.

9) How do I book my ticket?
We do not do any booking. Not yet. We are a travel search engine and provide you with all the information you need. You would need to book your tickets directly with the service provider - the airline for the flights and the IRCTC web site for a Train route or leg.
Click on the "book ticket" link on your route of choice. You will be led to a page having all the service provider (SP) links. If there are more than one SPs servicing your route, then you would need to book your tickets with all of them for the individual legs of your route.
We hope the extra trouble of booking at two different places is well worth the amount you save - couple of hundreds of rupees(or even more)!

10) What are the benefits of supporting trains also in the search?
Long distance travel in India has a very peculiar nature - a diversity of transport modes, which is very unique. Until very recently, trains was the only mode of transport used by the majority of people, with the national airline having a very few flights across only the larger cities. Though the Airline industry has been picking in the past few years, even today, number of airports in India are less than 100 where as number of train stations in India are around 4000. The number of passengers traveling on train per day, far exceeds the number of passengers traveling by flight. Most of the travel sites in India are primarily designed to support Air Travel.
Even for folks willing to cover maximum distance by air, it is very common to have part of the journey by train. This is especially true, if we have one end of the journey as a small place without an airport.




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