Whether you’re booking a last-minute flight home for Thanksgiving or agonizing over that long-awaited trip to France next summer, sifting through airfare booking sites can be one long, time-consuming affair. For one thing, with such a vast myriad of resources available to you, it’s pretty easy to become overwhelmed with information – and this is how wildly expensive flights end up getting booked! However, the good news is, things don’t have to be so complicated. SPI Study Abroad is here to rescue you from spending countless hours perusing random travel sites – these four travel search engines are the only ones worth your time:
There’s a reason why Kayak is considered by many to be the best. Its extensive options are seemingly limitless – this airfare powerhouse has a nearly-unparalleled capacity to search hundreds of airlines for the cheapest fares possible. In addition, one of the most convenient features of the site is that it offers a price predictor, which estimates when prices are likely to go up or down.
One of the newer search sites on the scene, Hipmunk is touted as being seriously clever and user-friendly. This site also ranks tickets in a more holistic way – Hipmunk sorts flights based on “agony,” rating the overall experience. For a first-time flier, this system can be helpful – considering the site looks for the best flight overall (examining not only price, but overall quality). In this sense, Hipmunk is actually able to sift through unnecessary flight information for you.
Momondo offers pretty unique features that make searching for convenient and cost-effective flights a much simpler experience. One such feature Momondo offers is a price calendar – this tool shows users the cost of flights a few days before, and a few days after, their chosen travel date (flexible users can thus take advantage of the fluctuations in price). All in all, Momondo is a great option for those travelers with flexible departure and arrival dates.
If you haven’t yet heard of Google Flights, prepare to be amazed (though probably not surprised, since Google has pretty much been crowned King of the Internet by now!). Quick, efficient, and comprehensive, Google Flights offers options for virtually all types of travel. One of the coolest unique features this site offers is that it actually helps travelers decide where they should go. Not sure of your destination? Simply type in a region, and Google Flights shows you a list of what routes are available. Additionally, Google Flights combines price and speed – displaying flights that are both time and cost efficient.