People who often travel are always looking for great deals from affordable airfare to cheap hotel bookings. But with the emergence of different travel search engines today, how can you be sure that what you will get is a real bargain or only a sales tactic? Here are the two best travel metasearch engines that will help you do the work.
One of the best-known flight search engines is the Skyscanner. According to The South China Morning Post, the travel fare aggregator website has established the best prices to famous destinations from Hong Kong.
Hong Kong International Airport holds flights to 220 destinations all over the world with over 120 airlines. Hence, it is quite hard for travelers to find the best price airfare when booking flights.
"Our [earlier] Hong Kong Traveler Report revealed that 46 percent of Hong Kong travelers see price as the biggest consideration for them in their trip planning," Patrick Yip, Skyscanner growth manager at Hong Kong and Taiwan, said. "This means they tend to book a trip only when they see good deals."
In 2019 Skyscanner Fly Smart Index report, it revealed the most affordable places to go to when you're in Hong Kong are Seoul in South Korea, Kagoshima in Japan, Taichung in Taiwan, and Chiang Rai in Thailand. It also noted Seoul, Chian Rai, and Phuket are the ones that have the biggest price drops when it comes to fares in the past two years.
If there are cheapest flights, there are also the most expensive places to travel to from Hong Kong like Sapporo in Japan and Koh Samui in Thailand because of the distance. There are also fare hikes in the flights to Chiang Rai, Sapporo, Tainan, Tokyo, Kaohsiung, Bangkok, and Osaka over the last two years.
"Travelers should spare some time for trip research, whether it is comparing the airfares from different airlines, or discussing with other travelers on online forums," Yip added. So if you're using Skyscanner, you should choose its cheapest month to fly feature and look for the historical data to easily find the best time to book and fly to a certain place. He also advised that the travelers should be flexible about the travel dates to get the best price.
Another flight search engine that can give you the cheapest flights available is Escape. MIT Senseable City Laboratory team in Singapore developed the new web tool that would help travelers to find the location that they can visit at a friendly price, per Nerd Wallet.
To use, you only have to input your desired location and your target travel date. From here, Escape will do the work for you.
Aside from featuring color-coded flight prices, to show the most affordable prices, it will also let you filter locations based on weather and popularity. So with the help of emerging flight search engines today, traveling in a budget is now easier.