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Where would be the best place to find up the the minute data on airline ticket prices, IE at the moment cost of a flight from Hamburg to Toronto.

I know sites like and have this kind of data. Do they buy it from airlines? Or is there another way to get this data live?

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Airlines distribute fare information through something called a global distribution system (GDS). An example of one such system is SABRE. There are lots of different kinds of GDSs out there, and you can find them with a simple internet search. The International Air Transport Association (IATA) is probably your best resource for finding out more about GDS and trends there.

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Thank you for your help! – Kevin Johnson Oct 1 '13 at 16:47

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