Millions of people use a meta search engine or flight comparison site to discover cheap…
Millions of people use a meta search engine or flight comparison site to discover cheap flights and then click through to on an airline website or travel agent to book their ticket.
However, meta-meta flight search engine CheapFlightsFinder.com has discovered that a person’s favorite flight aggregator may not provide them with the cheapest possible option.
Cheap Flights Finder selected 10 of the top flight search engines and examined their round trip flight results for popular long haul summer destinations flying from major US and UK airports.
CheapFlightsFinder.com analysed Skyscanner, KAYAK, Momondo, Cheapflights, Google flights, Dohop, Jetcost, Jetradar, Hipmunk and Kiwi.com on the same round trip routes, on the same dates, at exactly the same time and compared the results.
The results revealed huge price differences between the various search engines for last-minute long-haul summer flight routes.
The biggest price difference noted was a whopping 38% between Google Flights and Dohop for a return flight in August from San Francisco to Rome. Dohop’s cheapest price was $620 while Google Flights Cheapest price was $1000.
Other savings to be had included 30% off a flight in August from London to New York, if you book through Kiwi.com instead of Google Flights and a saving of almost 20% off of a direct flight to New York from London if you search through Jetradar instead of Skyscanner which came in the most expensive.
Momondo was most expensive for a return flight from New York to Paris coming in at $486, while Jetcost beat it by almost 26% coming in at $361, resulting in a saving of $125.
Hipmunk proved to be the most expensive for a direct flight to Rome from Chicago in August, costing $1230, almost 30% more than the cheapest direct flight found on Skyscanner for $874.
KAYAK also produced the most expensive result for a direct round trip flight from New York to Tokyo, coming in at $1900, a full 24% more than a similar direct flight via Skyscanner at $1443.
There was no standout winner or loser, said CheapFlightsFinder CEO Shahab Siddiqui – “One particular search engine may find the cheapest indirect route but not fare so well for direct flights. Or one search engine may be cheapest on one route one day only for it to be the most expensive the next day. The best advice remains to search as many different flight comparison engines as you can to be sure of the best flight at an optimal price that suits you. You can potentially save up to 30% by adopting this one simple strategy.”