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Travel site Cheapflightsfinder.com debunks the top 5 flight booking myths

Travel firm Cheapflightsfinder.com knows a thing or two about sourcing the very best value fares, as the world’s only meta-meta flight search site.
By comparing all the individual flight search sites, Cheap Flights Finder’s birds eye view highlights strengths and weaknesses of all major flight comparison sites, such as Skyscanner, KAYAK, momondo, Tripadvisor and Google Flights.


The website facilitates around £6 million worth of flights a year and saves customers - who mostly come from the UK and USA - around £2 million annually on their tickets, based on each saving an average of £300 per sale.

CEO Shahab Siddiqui states: “Our passion for travel extends to our users and our aim is always to find the best value fares. We know there are some common beliefs held by travellers around booking flights, which simply aren’t true. It’s therefore our mission to bring transparency to the market”.

TOP 5 FLIGHT BOOKING MYTHS THAT SIMPLY AREN’T TRUE…

1). USING ONE FLIGHT SEARCH SITE SUCH AS GOOGLE FLIGHTS WILL PRODUCE THE BEST PRICE EVERY TIME: FALSE

“Research shows that using one travel search site alone, even if it is Google Flights, does not always automatically result in the cheapest fare. A study undertaken by Cheapflightsfinder.com on 60 popular flight routes from London, Manchester and Birmingham reveals some surprising statistics,” states Siddiqui.

The following sites were tested head to head on the same return flight routes on the exact same dates - KAYAK, Cheapflights, Skyscanner, momondo, Google flights, Jetcost and Dohop:

Travel search engines which showed the most expensive flights or joint expensive:
1.) Google flights - 53% of the time Google was most expensive.
2.) Jetcost - 35% of the time Jetcost was most expensive.
3.) Skyscanner 13% of the time Skyscanner was most expensive.
4.) momondo - 8% of the time was most expensive.
5.) Cheapflights - 8% of the time was most expensive.
6.) Dohop - 6% of the time was most expensive.
7.) KAYAK - 5% of the time was most expensive.


Cheapest or joint cheapest search engines -
1.) Skyscanner - 40% of the time found the cheapest.
2.) momondo - 38% of the time found the cheapest.
3.) KAYAK - 36% of the time found the cheapest.
4.) Cheapflights and Dohop - 35% of the time found the cheapest.
5.) Google flights - 18% of the time found the cheapest.
6.) Jetcost - 13% of the time found the cheapest.

“What we can conclude from these findings is that if consumers want to locate the absolute best flight, they should search as many comparison sites as possible, as no single site will bring up the cheapest flights 100% of the time. Cheapflightsfinder.com makes this easy, with its intuitive meta-meta flight search dashboard. This allows travellers to compare all of the top search engines side-by-side in seconds,” Siddiqui adds.

2.) THE BEST FLASH FARES & ERROR FARES CAN ONLY BE FOUND BY PROFESSIONAL FLIGHT HACKERS, THROUGH A PREMIUM NEWSLETTER SERVICE: FALSE


“In recent times new sites have popped up from self-proclaimed flight hackers, who charge a premium for locating cheap online deals. However, it is fairly easy to find flash fares and error fares by yourself. Travellers simply have to make a broad search for ‘everywhere’ on websites which allow this and then look for the lowest prices. Skyscanner, KAYAK and Google flights allow broad searches to anywhere at anytime, enabling you to see the best flash fares in seconds.”

“In addition, Cheapflightsfinder.com’s new deals search engine makes it super easy to find the lowest fares in seconds, for which other newsletter services charge a premium,” Siddiqui comments.

Here are some flash fares from Cheapflightsfinder.com, for which users would have otherwise had to pay a premium on a newsletter subscription:
London to Bangkok - £277
Manchester to San Francisco - £223
Edinburgh to China - £349
London to New York - £216
London to Moscow - £59
Manchester to Delhi - £287
Manchester to Dubai - £259
Birmingham to Mexico City - £372
Birmingham to Barcelona - £39
London to Mexico City - £330

3.) YOU HAVE TO CLEAR BROWSER COOKIES TO AVOID PRICE HIKES: FALSE
“We undertook a study of 60 flights with cookies enabled and the exact same search in incognito mode (cookies disabled). We found this made zero difference in flight price. The only downside is you may see adverts for the meta search engine on other sites as your digital footprint shows you have been looking for particular flights on a particular site,” Siddiqui says.

4.) IT IS CHEAPER TO BOOK FLIGHTS THROUGH THE AIRLINE DIRECTLY - ESPECIALLY FOR SOUTHWEST AND NORWEGIAN, WHICH DON’T SHOW UP ON COMPARISON SITES: FALSE
“It is generally cheaper to book through a travel agent rather than going to the airline direct, as they can often offer discounted fares after buying in bulk. We did a test to see which would be cheaper - a comparison site or an airline’s website direct. We found most airlines appear on comparison sites with the one exception of Southwest Airlines.

London to New York - 11th to 18th October 2018
BA website price - £340.86
Cheapflightsfinder.com price - £322 - Flying BA, booking with Travel Trolley

London to Dubai - 13th to 20th November 2018
Emirates website price - £325.77
Cheapflightsfinder.com price - £306 - Flying Emirates, booking with WeDoFlights

London to Las Vegas - 13th to 20th December 2018
Norwegian website price - £375
Cheapflightsfinder.com price - £375

Norwegian airlines prices show up on most comparison sites and consumers are taken direct to the airlines website to book

“In conclusion we always suggest starting your search for fares on comparison sites as they usually offer the best value for money rather than going straight to the airline direct,” Siddiqui adds.

5.) TRAVEL AGENTS FEATURED ON COMPARISON SITES ARE NOT TRUSTWORTHY: FALSE
“Most travel agents featured on the largest comparison sites have been vetted and are ABTA certified. However, it is always wise to do some independent research before booking with any company you have not heard of before. One way we recommend achieving peace of mind is by undertaking a meta-meta search for your flights. all this means is that you are comparing your options on multiple flight comparison sites. This method greatly increases your booking options and where you decide to spend your hard-earned cash,” Siddiqui states.

For example – searching Cheapflightsfinder.com for a flight from London to Chicago, 13th to the 20th December 2018:
KAYAK offers £340 booking with Travelup
Skyscanner offers £329 booking with BYOjet
Google flights offers £330 booking with Iberia and American Airlines direct
Jetcost offers £338 booking with flight office

“Within seconds, travellers would see they have lots of different booking options. They can then choose with whom they would feel most comfortable booking a flight and at the same time get a great deal,” Siddiqui concludes.

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