Questions tagged [flight-search-engines]

Questions about one or more websites designed to help find the best flights for criteria you provide.

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I've heard there are only two back-end solutions for airfare search. Does this mean I only need to search on two different sites?

I recall that in the past there were basically two big backends (Saber and something else) for all the online search engines, so you really only needed two search on one site from each group (choosing ...
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Flight search by time in air?

I don't mind layovers between connecting flights much. If they're long enough I can have a little visit of the connecting city. Short of that, I find spending time in an airport more comfortable than ...
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Combine Business and Economy flights [duplicate]

I have the weird habit of really enjoying Business class flights while not wanting to spend all of my money on flight tickets. As of now, I have always been using Google Flights or ITA Matrix to ...
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What is minimum information required to identify if two people will be on the same flight? [closed]

I have a set of users and their itinerary details. I want to figure out who all will be sharing a common flight. I do not want to rely too much on the "Departure time" as people could have entered an ...
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Help with booking a flight on ITA Matrix

I found this itinerary ITA Matrix: However, I am having trouble booking it online. I've used aggregators Kayak and Hipmunk. Both display the itinerary but they show a much higher price. Kayak: Is ...
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How to verify, with different airlines, that the broker booked the flight correctly?

I bought 3 interconnected flights via Kiwi.com, but have been reading so many negative reviews and experiences with this online broker. Many of the problems look to be connected to the booking not ...
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How is it possible that an indirect flight is shorter than a direct one?

Got a very odd result from Kayak when searching for some flights. It claims that the indirect route, including stop-over time, is faster than the direct one. Is this even possible or an error? Going ...
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How can I choose FRA without HHN on kiwi.com?

I'm a big fan of the flight search engine kiwi.com but there is one feature of it that annoys me over and over. When I specify as departure airport FRA (Frankfurt International Airport), I am ...
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Where can I make complex queries for airplane tickets?

I am an experienced programmer. I would like to make complex searches such as "Travel from Stockholm to Vancouver between February 14th and 19th and back between March 12th and 18th. I want to avoid ...
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How to find the cheapest destination for a meetup of friends from several countries?

From time to time a few friends of mine and I are meeting in a European place. And time and time again, finding the best airfares is a problem. Basically, we're trying to assess a possible destination ...
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Is SkyScanner's 3D earth interface for flights to “everywhere” only on their smartphone app?

Yesterday a friend who's no longer around showed me how you could look for tickets on SkyScanner from a given city or airport to "everywhere" with a 3D globe interface. It had tags on various ...
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If there are no planes flying into Nancy, can I schedule my own connecting flight from Strasbourg? Or anywhere for that matter?

I'm visiting a friend in March next year, who lives in Nancy, France. I've been trying to find flights from either Indianapolis or Louisville that fly into Nancy-Lorraine airport for the first couple ...
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Cheapest flight “from any city”

NB the suggested dupe has no working answers. note that the answers here so far are fabulous and work in 2018 I was just looking at flights from "North America" to ICN (Seoul, Korea); I observe that ...
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Is there aggregator flight search allowing full time filter

My requirement is quite simple, but none of the aggregators I know about allows it. So I need to be in Kyiv in time for work at 9am Monday, and I can leave Tallinn any time starting from 6am Sunday. ...
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Where does Google Flights get its data from?

Has anyone ever booked a flight with Google Flights? I am just wondering where they get their prices and data from, and if I might find a cheaper flight by using something like Expedia or Travelocity....
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Star Alliance - direct routes

I don't know where I want to go, but I know how I want to get there! I'm looking for an efficient way to search for flights under the following criteria: Operated by any Star Alliance partner From a ...
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How do I search for connecting point-to-point flights?

There are often situations where buying two separate one-way tickets from A to C via B is cheaper than buying a normal multi-leg ticket. This can be especially useful with airlines such as Ryanair, ...
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How can I see which Economy classes (Q,O,P,N, etc) while booking in Momondo?

The booking screen is like this: I can't see anywhere that indicates the booking class in Momondo while booking.
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How does Google Flights define classes?

Why is Norwegian's "Premium Cabin" shown when I search for Premium Economy while Icelandair's "Saga Class" shown when I search for Business? The amenities are similar across both classes but Norwegian'...
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Flight search tool for multiple travelers from different cities to a single destination city

Are there any flight search engines for planning a group get-together with the cheapest flight costs? For instance, suppose a small company gathering (much like the one I'm currently planning!), with ...
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Flight booking comparison including amenity info (e.g. wifi, refreshments)

I'm a big fan of extra amenities while flying. The availability and pricing of things like wifi, power supply for my electronic devices and refreshments are key factors in my choice when booking a ...
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Search flights by stopping location

I'm looking for a platform where you can easily search for flight by origin and stop location, Is there such a thing? I would appreciate any help For example: The search I want to do - The all ...
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Is there a way to exclude third-party booking websites on Skyscanner?

Most of the time I purchase tickets from airlines' websites after searching flights on Skyscanner, even if third parties occasionally offer cheaper tickets. Because I don't like signing up for so many ...
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How to make Skyscanner, Kiwi, Kayak include ground transfer in the search?

I'm looking for how to get from Porto, Portugal to Lviv, Ukraine on December 28th. There is a quite inexpensive and reasonably-long option: Porto — Warsaw around €80 with Wizz Air or Ryanair, and ...
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How to find flights with a specific layover?

I live in ATL and would like to find flights that have a layover in SLC (where we can leave kids with grandparents). Flexible on dates and potential destinations. Although would also be nice to be ...
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What countries does a Calafia Airlines flight from Mexico to Brazil pass through?

The cheapest flights from Mexico to Brazil are with Calafia Airlines. However, I can't understand what countries it flies through. From Mexico to Brazil directly? Or via the USA? In Wikipedia, CSL ...
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When will it take for online flight search engines to include NewLeaf (new Canadian discount airline)?

In no wise am I connected with, or employed by, Newleaf, a new discount airline serving only Canadian cities that will commence service on 2016/7/25. My grandparents wish to book flights with ...
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Is there a website or a code that will suggest dates for the cheapest flights?

For example, I want to travel from London to New York. My dates are flexible departure (July) and return (September). I want my output to be the dates for which I'll get the cheapest flight (instead ...
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Discrepancies between flight comparison websites and airlines

I have noticed an oddity comparing flight prices between flight comparison websites such as SkyScanner, Google Flights, Travel Trolley and the airlines themselves. Often, prices for a particular ...
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Why do flight search engines give inconsistent results?

I've been shopping around for flights, and I've noticed that a few flight search engines such as Skyscanner and, in particular, ITA give inconsistent results. I don't know if this applies to all ...
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Is there an opaque flight site?

In a response to this question, I have read that there are opaque flight sites: An "Opaque" booking is one where you don't know the exact details of what you're booking until after you've made ...
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On the Matrix ITA site, why doesn't Virgin Australia show up in the search results?

Even when being specific, why is Virgin Australia (airline code VA) never available in search results on the Matrix.ITASoftware.com website? Yet sites like Kayak show results from VA? Routes I was ...
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Flight search engine for specific date for outbound flight and undefined date for return flight?

On a specific date, I have to fly from A to B. Using various flight search engines, it turned out that the cheapest possibility is to buy a return ticket. Now the problem is, the search engines I know ...
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“Book with a travel agent” option on Google Flights

Here is a screenshot from Google Flights: I've encountered similar scenarios multiple times. Google is claiming that one can book these flights for 186 USD with a travel agent. I've checked a few ...
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Skyscanner: More expensive to buy 2 adult tickets, rather than 1? [duplicate]

My wife and I want to visit India and decided to use Skyscanner.net as we usually do. We obviously want to purchase our tickets together, and not separately. If we set the number of travellers to 1, ...
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The difference between STOPS and EXTRA STOPS when using the ITA MATRIX

Using the ITA Matrix for finding flights, I don't understand the difference between the sections stops and extra stops.
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Booking a flight with a luggage limit via Adioso / Expedia

I've found a ridiculously cheap flight from Southeast Asia to Australia via the flight search engine Adioso which then directs me to the online travel agent Expedia. It seems that the advertised ...
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Can I find better flight options than those on search engines?

I'm looking to travel from Rome to Baltimore in late April. By using some popular flight search engines I've found some opportunities with 1-2 connections. But I have the impression there could be ...
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Could I have found this flight plan without knowing to look for it?

I want to fly from Sydney to Osaka (not necessarily KIX), leaving after business hours on Friday 1 September, or any time on subsequent days without eating into my holiday too much. There are no ...
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Difference between Economy (R) and Economy (L)

I'm trying to book a flight, one of the segments says Economy (R) and the other one Economy (L). They are provided by the same air company, Air France if this information is useful. What is the ...
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Cheap last-minute flights in Europe

I will have a long summer vacation in Europe, and wish to visit different places by saving the flight costs. My strategy is to find cheap last-minute flights, as my destination is flexible (I can ...
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Is SprintAir listed on any flight search engines?

There's this small, Polish airline SprintAir. Is there a way to find a flight search engine that would know about its flights, and include them in separate-tickets itinerary, like Skyscanner or Kiwi ...
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How to find flights leaving an airport on a specific date?

How can you find all flights leaving an airport on a specific date? The date may be more than a month ahead.
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Searching flights - how to exclude certain layover countries?

Is there any flight search website that allows to exclude results with layovers in certain countries?
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Is there a flight search engine that allows me to pick the departure and return flight separately?

I am looking for a specific route, but unfortunately I have many limitations in terms of schedule. Many search flight search engines give me good options in terms of price but not the ideal ...
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How can I search for flights from city A to city B only via city C?

I want to find the cheapest flight options between two cities but I'm not able to transit through some countries and I know at least a couple of airlines have an option through a particular third city....
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Track flight prices based on route, not specific dates, on Google Flights

Using the new Google Flights, is it possible to track prices for certain routes (e.g. New York to Madrid), but without specific dates in mind? For example, my schedule is flexible enough that I can ...
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Where to find ITA Matrix listed prices for MDE to CTG?

On ITA Matrix I found a flight from Medellin to Cartagena for US$36 using Avianca's airline. But when I go to Avianca's website, it doesn't show this price (US$89). I'm fairly certain it's updated, ...
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First time traveler: how do I book flights?

Is it easier to buy round trip tickets? I'm going on a 5-day trip to Freetown [Sierra Leone] from Cincinnati, Ohio in the US. The online system is confusing. I'm 46 years old, and my family used to ...
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Nested Return Flights

I am currently in Europe and have the following flight scheme: Europe → USA (September) USA → Europe (Christmas) Europe → USA (January '15) USA → Europe (July '15) First, does it make a difference ...