Routehappy launched late last week, with the mission to help people fly better for less. For the first time, Routehappy says, flyers can quickly and easily find flights with more comfortable seats on better planes with the amenities they care about. Signing up for Routehappy is free.
The industry’s first “Happiness Factors” and “Happiness Scores” are Routehappy’s secret sauce, says the company. Routehappy ranks billions of flights and connections worldwide, which are then matched with a powerful low fare search engine. Scores and prices are presented side-by-side for a fresh new approach to flight search.
Routehappy’s team of Flight Geniuses spent over a year researching, analyzing, and grading aircraft types, seats, amenities and trip duration to engineer its signature Happiness Scores based on the Happiness Factors flyers care about most. Flight data includes seat size (pitch and width), business and first class seat types, seat layout, entertainment, Wi-Fi, in-seat power, plane quality, trip duration and more.
Today I used Routehappy to search for a flight from New York’s JFK airport to London Heathrow. Routehappy provided me quick results
Routehappy doesn’t yet allow direct booking on Virgin, but I went on to book the flight I’ve highlighted above directly on Virgin’s site. The process was very easy and made the decision a lot easier – I tend to pour over data and reviews before booking long-haul flights.
“Flight search today is almost entirely about price and schedule. But there’s a wide range of other factors that matter when people buy flights,” said Robert Albert, Founder & CEO of Routehappy. “Routehappy’s unique default Happiness sort makes it easy for flyers to see the happiest flight on every route. Consumers who want the best bang for their buck can now easily book flights on new planes, with more legroom, wider seats and better on-board amenities.”
In addition to providing data on specific routes, Routehappy provides tips for flyers.
Routehappy Uses Big Data to Solve a Big Problem For Flyers and Airlines
Airlines are investing millions of dollars upgrading planes and airports with new amenities and services, yet online travel agencies and other metasearch sites do not reveal the many product differences among flights, causing flyers to focus on price and schedule alone. Routehappy is solving this industry problem with big data. Routehappy’s team of airline and data experts manually gathers disparate product information about flights from hundreds of sources, including airline websites, airline press releases, airline staff, industry analysts and experts, blogs, forums, news stories, commercial sources, and the Routehappy community of real travelers. Data is fed into Flightpad, a proprietary system that scores product attributes across flights and matches them with dynamic fares and availability.
Routehappy’s Evolution to Next Generation Metasearch
Routehappy matches Happiness Factors and Happiness Scores to a low fare search engine with pricing and availability from Amadeus, a global travel technology company and leader in fare search solutions. Users search on Routehappy but book directly with airlines and online travel agencies. At launch, Routehappy users can purchase directly through American Airlines, Delta Air Lines, United Airlines and priceline.com. Routehappy will continue to add flight inventory and booking partners as the site evolves.
Fun Facts From Routehappy’s Flightpad
● 180 types of planes
● 750 airlines worldwide
● 4,000 airports worldwide
● 2,200 unique airline/aircraft/cabin types (e.g. United’s 737700, Version 1, First Class)
● Thousands of reviews from real flyers in more than 75 countries during alpha/beta
● 20+ kinds of entertainment options, 10+ types of inseat power, 55+ seat configurations, and 25+ seat types, 5 types of WiFi, for the top scheduled flights worldwide.
Economy Cabins (includes Enhanced Economy seating):
● Widest seat: 19.7” on Virgin America’s A320 and A319
● Narrowest seat: 16.5” on Air Asia Airbus A330
● Most pitch (legroom): 34” on 48 different aircraft
● Least pitch (legroom): 27”on Cape Air Cessna
● Highest Happiness Score: 9.5 on Korean Air’s A380 from Seoul to Hong Kong
Premium Cabins (business and first class):
● Widest seat: 36” in Cathay Pacific’s Fully Flat First Class Pods on the 747400 or 777300ER
● Narrowest seat: 17” on United’s Bombardier Dash8 Q400
● Most pitch (legroom): 92 inches on American Airlines in First Class Cabin on the 777200
● Least pitch (legroom): 32” on United’s Bombardier Dash8 Q400
● Happiest Happiness Score: 9.7 on Thai Airways’ Airbus A380 in First Class from Tokyo Narita to Bangkok
● Worldwide: the top 12 happiest flights are on the Airbus A380 (four on Thai Airways, eight on Singapore Airlines)
● US domestic: Delta’s 767300ER (the 76W type) in business class from Seattle to Atlanta (scoring a 9.3).
● US domestic economy: Virgin America’s A320 from Palm Springs to SFO scores a 9.3.
So, are you Routehappy? I am. This is absolutely a new tool that I’ll be using to help in flight planning!