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Tip: Using OpenFlights to Track Your Flights

Oct. 06, 2017
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Tip: Using OpenFlights to Track Your Flights
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While it's easy to track your miles if you fly primarily on one airline, those of us AvGeeks who want to track our flight stats across all airlines need to turn to a specialized tool to do so. The Points Guy's Zach Honig has discussed using Jet Lovers to track his flights. Let's take a look at my preferred method: OpenFlights.

While not the most advanced-looking website, I find that it tracks everything I want it to, and produces compiled statistics I love. Once you've built up a history, you can see your flight history by year:

Image generated by OpenFlights with Year filter set to 2017 and Analyze tool utilized.
Image generated by OpenFlights with Year filter set to 2017 and Analyze tool.

Or where and how you've flown on a particular airline:

Image generated by OpenFlights with Carrier filter set to Southwest and Top 10 tool.

Or, both by year and by airline:

OpenFlights 2017 United flights

You can even generate a banner with your flight details wherever html code can be added:

The only limitation is finding old flight details. Those of us who'd love to have a perfect record of all our flight history might be bummed that we can't find flight history going back too far using our frequent flyer account histories. But, at least you can use OpenFlights as a tool for flight tracking going forward.

To get started, sign up for a free account. Then, on the homepage or your profile page, click New Flight to start logging flights. You can enter as little as just the date and departure/arrival airports. But, those of us who are nerdy about it have the opportunity to add: Departure Time, Arrival Time, Flight Number, Seat Number, Seat Type, Carrier, Plane (equipment type), Registration, Class and Reason for the trip.

OpenFlights Add New Flight

If you want to track more than just flights, you can click the "Flight" drop down to select Road, Ship or Train.

Here are some tips from a few years of use:

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  • If you enter the Flight Number field with the airline code (i.e. AA204), the Carrier field will be automatically filled.
  • It's always going to default to being a work trip. So, if you want to keep this stat accurate, don't forget to change this field.
  • If you enter a departure time, the arrival time and flight duration is calculated off a simple formula (30 min plus 1 hour per every 500 miles). Make sure to change the Arrival Time if you want to have an exact record.
  • You can add whatever you want in the Plane field. However, after about a second of typing, it's going to suggest options based on what you've typed, and it's hard to edit these suggestions after selecting them. Frustrated with this option, I'll type the aircraft type as I want it in the Note field and then copy-paste into the Plane field.
  • Speaking of the Plane field, you'll probably want to decide when you first start tracking how detailed you want to be — whether to enter "Boeing 777" or "Boeing 777-300ER".

While accounts are free, you can support the developers if you find the tool useful by upgrading to a paid account. The functionality is the same either way, but paid accounts don't have advertisements and help keep the site running.

Do you have another flight tracking tool you prefer instead?