New hotness in travel metasearch?
January 28, 2020 9:46 AM   Subscribe

For a few years I've been using Hipmunk, not necessarily to book but at least to find out what's available between my base and a destination. Now Hipmunk has shut down and I'm lost. What are the good travel meta-search engines now?

I know about Kayak but I don't care for their presentation nor the fact that they direct me to agencies in the UAE. I also know about Expedia and Rome2Rio.
posted by Logophiliac to Travel & Transportation (7 answers total) 14 users marked this as a favorite
Have you tried Google Flights? It’s pretty solid. I use that or Kayak. I preferred Kayak but my husband and all our friends use Google Flights so when we plan trips, those are the links they send me.
posted by amaire at 9:49 AM on January 28, 2020 [2 favorites]

Seconding google flights. I used to use kayak much more, and still do sometimes, but lately I have been using google more and more. Their interface for search is better, gives you more options and information.

I don’t really love supporting google’s takeover of the world, but you gotta admit they have some solid products.
posted by sillysally at 9:59 AM on January 28, 2020

ITA matrix seems to still be going strong. (Apparently it powers Google flights, but maybe you'll prefer one interface over the other.)
posted by ktkt at 10:02 AM on January 28, 2020 [2 favorites]

I like skyscanner.
posted by wicked_sassy at 10:32 AM on January 28, 2020

Scott's Cheap Flights is a pretty great little email subscription, if you just want to be kept abreast of the best deals from your local airports. I booked one flight from it and the savings will pay for about 6 more years of subscription.
posted by Grither at 10:46 AM on January 28, 2020 [3 favorites]

My understanding is that Kayak, Google Flights, ye olde Hipmunk and even SkyScanner all use the ITA Matrix as their source. So it comes down, mostly, to interface.
posted by humboldt32 at 11:18 AM on January 28, 2020 [2 favorites]

Thanks all. Looks like Skyscanner will be it, for a trial period at least.
posted by Logophiliac at 8:25 PM on February 2, 2020

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