Category Archives: Indie Changelog

Indie is our Around the World and Complex Multi-Stop International Airfare Engine. We deploy updates and bug fixes weekly. This page shares significant updates.

Release Notes for JUL 24, 2014

It has been a while since our last release note. We have made lots of improvements.

Easier account access! Click on your name from just about anywhere on our site to quickly access your account, edit your traveler profile, or get help. From the Account page, you can see your settings at a glance and manage all your options in one place. We have also added a widget on some pages to help you check your status.

Persistent login. Some of you requested to stay logged in to BootsnAll, and we listened. Now you can stay logged in for up to three months. If you do not wish to stay logged in, click your name and select logout. Note: if you are editing a route in Indie, and are idle for over 2 hours, your session will expire. We’re working on improving this.

Mobile-friendly articles! Now you don’t have to scroll back and forth so much to read an article on your phone. If using mobile, find an article at bootsnall.com/articles.

Our all-new membership page describes the many benefits of joining the BootsnAll community. See it at bootsnall.com/joinus.

Improved Bootsnall Trips! Now you can search Trips to find the ones that interest you most, or filter them for easier browsing.

Trips is a beta service that lets you, our staff, and members of our community work together to plan travel. Our staff makes sure every question gets a quick response from an experienced traveler. Hundreds of trips are listed. Take a look at bootsnall.com/trips if you want some travel ideas. If you see any improvements you want, let us know.

Bug fixes and minor changes
Clarified how we collect passenger names on our booking page to reduce the chance of error. Also updated our booking confirmation email to catch more potential name errors before it’s too late.

Fixed the difficulty with changing the number of passengers after running a flight search.

Stopped our chat system from asking for an email address more than once during a chat.

Recalculated map placement to reduce gray bands at top of maps in larger windows.

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Indie release notes for FEB 27, 2014

Indie now supports the saving of your customized flight details!
(screenshot: http://screencast.com/t/wRI6pyJE)

You can still create a route and save it like before. But now, after you search for flights and edit the flight details leg-by-leg (for routes longer than 4 legs), you can save your work.

These flight details are saved in your account. When you return to them, Indie will prompt you to refresh them. If they are still available at the same price, Indie will find them automatically. If any flight is no longer available, Indie will advise you to make a different flight selection for each unavailable leg.

We adjusted the expiration time for search results from 2 hours to 1 hour.

We fixed a few bugs, including some country flags that were not showing properly on Indie.

We re-wrote our code to make use of the updated Mailchimp API and improve our integration.

We made it more difficult for bots to use our services.

We added our first helpful message that comes up while you are waiting for a search.

We officially stopped supporting Internet Explorer 7. Sorry. We support Internet Explorer version 8, 9, 10 and 11.

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Indie release notes for JAN 30, 2014

Indie now instantly shows price estimates for routes as you build them without having to enter dates (no login required). This applies to all routes Indie supports, including routes with up to 25 stops and by-land segments. (example: http://screencast.com/t/tgqxnSpuQj)

The estimates are based on real search results done on Indie by real people and they are shown as a range because prices for flights do fluctuate based on so many factors. The estimates are NOT generated by an algorithm so you can count on them being based in reality for your specific route.

Add 3 legs or more in order to see the instant estimates. Some routes do not show estimates because there isn’t enough data yet. In those cases, just do a search on Indie to get a real price. Your search will add to Indie’s database for estimates.

With this release we also fixed some design issues at certain resolutions for the booking page and thanks pages.

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Indie release notes for JAN 21, 2014

Want advice on your long-term trip? Want crowd-sourced advice? How about both?
From Indie you can now submit your route via the “get advice” icon in the toolbox. Your submission is posted to the brand new “beta” BootsnAll Trips section where you and any member of our community can discuss your trip. (http://screencast.com/t/1EdnRuTD)

Our staff is making sure every question gets a quick response from an experienced traveler. We are utilizing Gigya.com for our comments engine to make sure they are as fast and secure as they can be.

We have updated our system to handle 192 or more concurrent flight searches elegantly. This number includes flexible date searches since those are complete searches as well. This will help us handle higher traffic.

We updated our database servers to be larger and faster. There are noticeable speed-ups in some places. We updated two of our backend servers to use solid state drives so they can work faster on database actions as well.

We discovered that some resolutions did not work well for our flight details and booking pages. We fixed them.

We improved the automation of the one-page flight details we send to customers with all their flight info and airline confirmation numbers. These are all crafted by hand to be as readable and useful as possible. That takes time. Now it takes several minutes less time on our part per document so you can get them faster.

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