Traveling is no cheap endeavor. A good portion of any traveler’s budget is going to be spent on the flight, with the ultimate goal of arriving at the destination securely and in one piece for the lowest possible price. There are plenty of websites out there designed to help you find good deals on travel, and an abundance of iOS applications serve the same purpose. However, like anything in the world, some of the apps and websites are substantially better than others.
Skyscanner is a free iOS application designed to help you maximize your savings so you can have as much money as possible to spend while on your vacation. If you only have a certain amount of money to spend on your trip, saving money on the flight can leave you with more spending money. Before you book your next flight, download Skyscanner, and you just might find the best best deals on flights and travel deals you’ve ever seen.
Using the App
Like many travel applications, the ultimate goal of Skyscanner is to find you the best deal possible on flights to anywhere in the world. What separates it from the competition is the incredibly useful feature set it brings to the table. The app exists in a very crowded marketplace for such applications, but its features absolutely make it worth a second look.
When you first launch the app, it will take you to a screen where you can search for flights. You can be as wide or as narrow as you want in your search query. So, if you want to look for all flights from everywhere in the world to anywhere else, you can do that. You can choose specific dates, or you can leave that field blank and see what flights are available on various days.
My favorite part of the app is the charts that show up when you search. You can see which days of the week are the cheapest to travel, so if you are flexible you can save some serious money.
When you pick the departure and return flight, you can choose to book it right from the application but that’s not really anything special. What makes it interesting is the watch feature. With this, you can save the journey to the application, so you can go back to it and see if the price drops before you ultimately pull the trigger and book your trip. This is the feature that really makes the application stand tall above the competition, and it’s what allows you to get the best possible deals on flights.
The application comes with a handy drawer that contains all of the options for the app. From here you can start a new search, view booked trips and any journeys you are watching, recall searches you have saved to your favorites and access application settings.
If you click Watched Journeys in the menu you will be able to see any of the journeys previously saved. Right next to the price you will see any changes that have occurred since you began watching. It’s almost like trading stocks – and SkyScanner wants you to get the flight at the lowest price possible.
Another really cool feature is the map that lets you see the airports in the area in which you are searching. If you want to fly to Los Angeles International, but the price is a little too high for you, this option will allow you to see the other airports in the area, which may be cheaper.
Any flight can be shared via social media, so you can let your friends know where and when you are traveling. If you are planning a trip with others, sharing the flight with them can be useful, so you can all make sure to get on the same flight at the same time.
The settings section of the application allows you to change a few preferences including the currency shown, language as well as the option to store your personal information to make booking flights in the future an even quicker process.
If you are looking to save some money on your next trip, make sure the download Skyscanner from the App Store. It is filled with useful features, all of which are designed to help you save as much money as possible, so you can embark on your journey with the maximum amount of spending money.
Download: SkyScanner at the App Store
Have you used SkyScanner? Any other apps or services that can land the best deals on flights? Share your secrets with us in the comments, below.