Many consumers now use such sites to find a convenient flight at the most competitive cost, but all of these online tools display different results due to varying relationships with airlines and agents. CheapFlightsFinder.com, the world’s first meta metasearch engine for flights, has undertaken research to understand which of these comparison websites typically offer the best deals for short haul from London.
The searches were made on direct, return flights from Heathrow airport, departing on Friday, 2 November and returning on Monday, 5 November, travelling to Edinburgh, Rome, Paris and Amsterdam.*
Easyvoyage displayed the cheapest flights for Amsterdam (£98.88), whilst Kelkoo’s cheapest option was £4 more (£103). The best price for a trip to Paris was offered by Momondo, Dohop and Fly.com (£99) but Easyvoyage’s best deal turned out to be £7 more expensive (£106.28) on this search.
A flight to Rome could be booked through Momondo for just £179, whereas the cheapest flight offered by Liligo was £197, meaning a savvy couple that properly compared what was on offer could have made a saving of almost £36. When booking a flight to Edinburgh, a saving of approximately £10 would be made by someone booking via Easyvoyage; the best deal was £106.57 whereas Liligo’s was £116.
Shahab Siddiqui, founder of Cheap Flights Finder, comments: “On these particular searches, sites such as Fly.com, Dohop and Momondo were consistently competitive, but no single website could offer the best deal for all four destinations. The difference in the prices from one metasearch engine to another proves that consumers should never rely on just one comparison tool, even if it has been recommended to them or it is one that they have always used.
“Such savings add up, especially when it comes to a whole family taking a trip, so I would advise holidaymakers and business travellers alike to always compare comparison websites to find cheap flights. This can be done manually or via CheapFlightsFinder.com, which quickly searches options from up to 16 sites on your behalf.”
To ensure you’re paying no more than you have to for your next flight, visit www.cheapflightsfinder.com.
*Searches were carried out on 17 September 2012.