Although most of us have had to put travel plans on hold for the best part of two years due to the coronavirus pandemic, it is now time to start booking holidays again with many countries across the world relaxing their travel rules. For us brits, the chance to escape our miserable weather and enjoy a couple of the weeks in the sun has been a long time coming.
When looking to book a holiday abroad, the first port of call is typically to look at flights. It’s always a good starting point with many people electing to go wherever they can find the cheapest flights. If you are one of these people then I’m sure an app which helps you to find the cheapest flights out there would be of great use to you.
Well, you’re in the right place. In this article, we are going to look at the best three apps out there on the market today which are perfect for finding cheap flight. Let’s get into it.
Best app for cheap flights – ranked
Like many apps, Skyscanner first started as a website back in 2001 when booking flights online had only just started to become a thing. It wasn’t until 2011 that the Skyscanner app was launched but and they haven’t looked back since, with the app now available all over the world in 30 different languages.
The way Skyscanner works is very simple – you type in where you want to go and where from and they figure out the cheapest way for you to get there, analysing hundreds of airlines in a matter of seconds. But how does it translate on to an app?
When you first open the app up, you are greeted by a home screen which typically displays key up to date information in regards to travel. At the time of this article being written, they have important information listed about all the travel rules relating to Covid-19 and how its affected travel insurance.
Once you’re happy with the information on the home page you are ready to select the ‘search’ button the menu bar. This a very simple and self explanatory function on the Skyscanner app which allows you to input your desired departure and arrival locations, in addition to your desired dates.
You don’t even have to select a specific airport, you can just input a country that you’re interested in visiting and the app will bring up the cheapest destination airports in that country from your chosen departure airport. Again, you can be really vague with your departure airport too, giving you and the app more wiggle room to work with.
If you’re not sure at all on where you want to visit and are quite literally just looking for the cheapest flights possible to anywhere in the world then Skyscanner have you covered. Select your departure city/country and then on the search bar select ‘everywhere’. You are then able to flick through each month of year and see which locations across the globe are cheapest to fly to in any given month.
Kayak is another fantastic app for travel lovers and one that aims to become personalised to each and every user. Once you’ve downloaded the app, we would recommend signing up for an account in order to gain access to some of their member benefits and deals, and also to help assist the app in recommending personalised offers to you.
Once you open the app, and providing you have an account, you will see a variety of options presented to you. At the moment, top of the list are a list of ‘worktation’ countries. These are a list of countries which are great for combining remote working with travel adventures. Given half the world is now working remotely, this feature could be potentially be of huge benefit to many people. Imagine being able to go on holiday and not have to use any of your annual leave!
Below that, you will see a carousel of holiday destinations that are recommended to you based on your search history. This takes into consideration your typical budget and your most frequently searched dates. If none of these take your fancy then it’s time to hit the explore button on the bottom menu button.
The explore page is the crown jewel of the Kayak app. You will be initially greeted by a map of the world with the cheapest flights available to these destinations from your location (make sure to share your location with the app!) To filter through the options you can set your budget, dates, type of holidays and distance from home. Once you’ve done this, Kayak will provide you with the cheapest possible flights out there that suit your agenda to a tee. What more could you want?
The final app we’d like to tell you about is often questioned, but we can confirm; Hopper is legit. While Hopper isn’t going to find you the cheapest flights out there to every destination on the planet in one search like the aforementioned apps, it is probably the best app out there for getting you the cheapest possible flights for a specific flight path.
The reason why Hopper is able to do this is due to its prediction feature. This feature allows users to input their desired flight path and dates and the app will let you know when the cheapest time to book these flights will be, possessing the ability to correctly predict when flight prices will dip and rise in price. This is based on historical data and is over 95% accurate.
To activate this feature, search for you desired flight path and after Hopper brings up the current cheapest price, they will let you know whether it is worth waiting or not. If you scroll to the bottom of this page, you will see a more in depth prediction by month. If you want to wait it out, then you can select to ‘watch this trip’ and the app will notify you if and when the price drops.
To conclude, there are many apps out there which will help you to find cheap flights. If you aren’t sure on your location and just want wherever is the cheapest then we would urge you to download Kayak and/or Skyscanner. If you know exactly where you want to go, then Hopper should be your go-to solution.