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      01.03.2010 22:47
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      An airline search engine

      Skyscanner.net is a serach engine for flights. It is a good source to use if you want to see who flies to where and the cheapest cost.

      You can filter your search to include direct flights, indirect flights that type of thing. You can search by specific days or if your flexible you can search by whole months at a time.

      I always use this site when I am looking for flights and want to know who flies to where and the average price I will be looking to be paying.

      This site does wonders if you really dont have a clue what airlines fly to where but being a frequent traveller, I have noticed a few cons.

      The first and probably more important, in my opinion is that not all airlines are on here. That is something that I find is a big problem. For example for airlines that only operate domestic flights are generally not available on this site. Therefore for certain countries you only get one choice of airline, depending on your route of course. There is a good range of airlines on this site, but as the majority of flights in the world are international, i believe the database should be alot lot bigger.

      Another thing I find from time to time is that the price you get quoted is not always the price you end up paying and other times the reservation link doesnt seem to work, so your left with a quote that doesnt really do much.

      I find that this is a good site for reference of airline and flight routes, but nothing more than that for me. Sometimes I do find a good deal or so but then cant seem to book it, which is more than frustrating to say the least. I only tend to use this flight just for that... for reference and I dont find it reliable enough to look and book as it never seems to work for me.

      A good site for looking for airline routes, but I wouldnt use it for anything else.

      An average flight search engine.

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      23.02.2010 18:55
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      i couldn't imagine searching in another way.

      i think skyscanner.net is genius! it is an online search engine that searches multiple airlines to find you the best deals.

      My parents live abroad so i regularly find myself needing cheap flights with the flexibility of when i can go, this is where skyscanner and it's very clear site come in handy. I only ever fly easyjet because they offer the most frequent routes for me, but i still find myself only using skyscanner as it is a lot clearer than easyjets site (in my opinion)

      go to www.skyscanner.net and you are immediatley greeted with a large print form to fill in:
      FROM/TO - enables you to type your destination, and after typing the first 2 letters it comes up with a long list of suggestions.

      DEPART - as soon as you click the box as if to type, it handily comes up with a calendar for you to view, the best part of this for me, is also the option to click WHOLE MONTH/WHOLE YEAR which is the system that i will be reviewing as it is the type of search that i use the most.

      RETURN/ONE-WAY - simple click box.

      passengers can be filled in before clicking SEARCH.

      you are then directed to the next page...
      again the next page sticks with the easy to navigate simple style that i love about this search engine. There is a graph with prices for each individual day, one for outbound one for return. There is a very useful total box underneath the graph so that you can click a choice of journeys to quickly see the price it will be.

      When you are ready to press next, the site will show you the options of times, prices and airlines to chose from, when you are happy with your selections the site continues to be easy and self explanatory.

      If you get stuck whilst on this site (which i think would be a rare occasion, the faq section is really informative and can be seen at the link below)
      http://www.skyscanner.net/faq.aspx

      If you are a frequent traveler then this is a must for you! I couldn't imagine searching in another way!

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      10.10.2009 21:19
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      Would recommend this to any travel addict...savings can be had without trawling on the internet!

      I'm very often incredibly surprised that this site isn't quoted more often in the most useful travel sites ever devised. Sure, sites which give you deals and tailor made packages are useful, but Skyscanner has noted that not everybody wants to be in that market. Usually, one can save a huge amount on a trip away just by doing a bit of research, and Skyscanner is pretty much the only website which can effectively do this research for you....it is reliable, it works and it is actually quite fun to use.

      When you visit www.skyscanner.net you are initially confronted with a very simple, layout which contains 'to' and 'from' boxes. I believe this is incredibly deceptive when it comes to Skyscanner's real use however....you can sort by cheapest flights in a selected month, the cheapest flights to anywhere and can even check if the price you've been given is 'live'....I can't think of any other flight comparison site which does this as effectively.

      I'm incredibly impressed by this site and the almost hidden 'extras' and services it provides....I have booked three flights using its service and have saved money but more importantly time by doing it. What's more, it is genuinly fun to use, and a real sense of satisfaction can be had by finding a great deal. I would strongly recommend.

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      09.08.2009 19:21
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      I will always check here before buying flights from now on!

      I wanted to write a review straight away after this website probably saved my holiday (and possibly prevented the loss of my sanity).

      I had been looking for flights from Glasgow to Morocco for days and last night spent about 5 hours trawling through various comparison websites as well as looking at airlines such as ryanair and easyjet. I found that all of the comparison websites were quoting ridiculous prices and some even had horrible 20 hour stopovers which would hardly set you up for a nice relaxing break. The individual airlines themselves were much more reasonably priced but I couldn't find a way to make the various times match up when flying to any stopover airport.

      At my sister's recommendation I tried skyscanner which immediately gave me a list of cheap flights and showed which times would suit. I was totally relieved and booked straight away - if only I had tried this site sooner!

      The site itself is easy to use ad pretty fast. I like the feature that you don't have to be too specific with your choice of airport i.e. you can choose 'all scotland' or 'all spain' if you are flexible about your departure/destination and want to find the best deal.

      The next time I am booking flights I will definitely check here first as well as all the other usual comparison websites as it's good to get a broad idea of what prices are out there. It is possible that this site just hapenned to give the best result for my particular search in which case it's always best to check around. However, after this experience I suspect that some flight comparison sites only give results from their partner airlines as the prices I was quoted (about £400) were way above what I found on skyscanner (£150).

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      16.07.2009 10:32
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      Use it to save money

      The tool Sky scanner is one of the most useful and easy to use flight searches in Europe. This search will help you find and compare flights with taxes included.

      The site is extremely simple to use. Type in your origin and select from a list of destinations. Then you will see airports and prices - click on the best deal and continue.

      Next you will see either a calendar or a graph - the graph mode is the easiest way to compare prices and will help you line up return dates too.

      After selecting your days, you will come to a new page where you check the live price. The price of your flight sometimes changes here - that is because the data on the website might be old. Sometimes the price goes down, but usually it goes up. This is because seats on the plane were sold in the time it took to be checked.

      Following this, you will be redirected to the company's web site.

      Note that the price including tax will not include all the evil charges airlines make such as baggage, credit card fees and so on.

      Sometimes the website is a little bit fiddly - when you have to enter where you want to go, the text might disappear or change as if you clicked on the wrong list item. Its a minor problem, but sort of annoying when you are in a hurry.

      Another thing that the site doesn't have is options to leave from nearby airports. Say you live in Luxembourg and you want to fly to Sweden, you would have to check the Luxembourg airport, then the Frankfurt Hahn airport then Brussels, the Paris all separately. It would be nice if this function was done for you.

      To get around this problem you can select your destination as you origin in a separate window and check where the cheapest flights are, but this is not always reliable and takes extra time.

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        29.06.2009 20:51
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        I have used various seach engines looking for flights and holiday's over the years and I had never heard of skyscanner until a friend of mine at work mentioned it, so i thought I would chec it out and have found it to be one of the best holiday searchs tools that is available on the net today.

        When you log onto skyscanner the whole site looks appealing, it looks rather professional compared to some of the serahc engines that you get, it looks really easy to use and it is not overcrowded with pointless adverts that I am never going to click on. the site itself looks very clean and fresh, the last thing you want when you log onto a site is for it to be busy, with these kind of searches all you want to do is find a cheap flight and this is what this site overs you.

        When you first go onto the site, it has a large search option on the front page, in which you enter all the details that you require, departing airport, arrival airport, departure dates , number of passenger and a big search button.

        This then scans all the various flights from various tour operators on there database and gives you all the options that are available on your required dates, both one way and return flight, with the times and price per route per way for each flight. Once you have selected a departure flight, it will then display the options available for your return flight from the same tour operator, it then calculates the price of you chosen flight.

        If you scroll down the page slightly it will then give you the live price on the tour operators sites and the option to click through to book online. More often than not the site is correct however I have been on a couple of times and the actual tour operator price has dropped slightly which has been a nice surprise.

        This site works on commission, it doesn't actually sell anything as such, but is a functional tool that is useful for the many on a daily basis that want to find a cheap flight with a recommended tour operator. For every site that displays skyscanner and is clicks through to a tour operator earns the site an average in between 13p and £1 per click. So ideally if you are in this industry its a link worth having on your site.

        I have found my flight this year and thanks to skyscanner I have found one that goes at decent hours at a relatively reasonable price.

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          07.10.2008 10:54
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          My first stop when looking for flights!

          It's hard work finding the best flight sometimes, especially when most travel sites only have full service carriers in their listings, for the budget airlines you have to go to each of their sites individually.

          Well skyscanner allows you to search for flight prices for both budget and full service carriers, but the flexibility doesn't end there.

          If you know exactly where you want to fly from and to, just put that into the search, select your dates and it'll tell you all the cheapest options. If you want to leave from your local airport and you don't care where you want to fly to, you just want to go SOMEWHERE, just pick 'Everywhere' in the destination box and it'll give you a list of countries available on those dates ordered by price.

          But the useful aspects of the site don't end there. It also allows you to search over a period of a month, so you can pick the cheapest days for a particular route, it makes planning a lot easier.

          There are so many different ways of searching, you can just pick a country for a departure point or destination, giving you the flexibility to find the cheapest flight via a different airport, this kind of flexibility just isn't available on most sites.

          There is one little negative of the site however. Sometimes you will see some prices quoted that are a little out of date, so you may find that your price is no longer available. They are honest about this on the site however, they tell you how long ago the price was obtained. Sometimes the price will be live, they'll tell you about this also.

          Skyscanner don't handle bookings for you, that's done via the airlines or a travel agent, but as a research tool it's incredibly useful.

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            01.08.2008 14:45
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            One website to save you money on your next flight!

            Skyscanner.net is a pretty useful tool that allows you to find and compare the cheapest flights available from one destination to another. It works by 'scraping' the information from the websites of the major airlines, and delivering it to you in one convenient webpage.
            Skyscanner can find you the best prices and services available in any worldwide country. First you select the country of origin for your flight, then the airport in that country, and then your destination details. You also select the date range you are looking at. You then will see graphs showing the available flights and dates, and the associated prices of those flights. From this website you can be then automatically linked to the provider's website to book your flights, without having to re-enter all your information.
            This site it pretty simple to use and saves you having to check lots of different websites for the best airfaire and also just to find out who operates flights on that particular route.

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              12.07.2008 18:08
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              Give it a go, you can't lose afterall.

              Skyscanner.net is a website which allows you to search for cheap flights, what differs with skyscanner and other, is the broader range of searching, if you have flexible dates for travel, you can search for flights in the range of a whole month, or even the whole year, adding to that, if you have not decided where you want to go, you can search for flights to 'any country' to see where you can get a cheap option to.

              Although this is great, and I always go here when looking for flights, after experiencing skyscanner, I want more! I want more options such as regional searching, i.e. 'south east asia to europe' flight search option, which would be ideal for backpackers on a budget looking to get from region to region without searching every single country in the continent! And more airlines included, some are just not there at all.

              When you want to book a flight, you don't book with skyscanner, you book either with the airlines website itself, or a travel website such as expedia or ebookers.

              There is also a route map feature, but this is basically just the drop-down boxes in a visual sense, it has no different options.

              Overall, when booking flights, it's definatley worth checking out skyscanner against your option, you never know, it may be a lot cheaper.

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              25.04.2008 20:22

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              Overall quite good, they need to change their database!

              SkyScanner.net is a very useful tool when you are looking to book a holiday to go somewhere, and want to compare the local prices. It is easy to use, as you just fill in where you want to fly from and to, select the dates and then it does the rest for you, even gives you live price updates. However, one must be very careful.
              I was looking to go to Berlin at the end of the summer, and using SkyScanner.net, I found some flights with EasyJet and German Wings. The average lowest price return was around 210 euros. I was naive enough to think, well, hey, that's great! I confirmed with my Dad and he told me to look on AirBerlin.de and check those prices. I argued that it is a waste of time, SkyScanner compares all the lowest prices around. I was very wrong.
              AirBerlin.com had return flight for just 114euros, a price, or even airline that never came up on SkyScanner. So, in the end, I saved myself a lot of money, and flew with a great airline.
              So, I'm not saying do not use SkyScanner, because it is very useful a lot of the times, but just be aware, there may always be cheaper flights available.

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              19.03.2008 19:35
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              The Sky's the Limit - Saves you time and money

              Skyscanner.net offers a user friendly site in its signature simple to user inter - face. As you would expect, Skyscanner.net offers a sites which collects the cost of flights from the locations you have chosen from a selection of drop down boxes. This is a nice neat feature since this a massive time saver as well as cost cutter for the user.

              Skyscanner.net features a nice source of information about flying by breaking the options of flying into:

              A) Adults (12 years old plus)
              B) Children (Between 2 - 11 years old)
              C) Infants (Younger then 2 years Old)

              The site offers the benefit of find comparisons to the vast majority of airports in the world , saving you time and money as well as removing the hassle of your high street.

              Site is also in an array of languages from English to Spanish to Norsk

              Negatives

              Site can take a while to load during 'peak periods'.

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                01.02.2008 10:34
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                An online search facility allowing you to find the cheapest flights.

                I'm in the process of trying to book a city break for the end of February as a bit of a belated Valentine's Day getaway when the extortionate prices have gone back down a little! For some reason whenever I try to do anything impulsive like this it always transforms into a complicated and lengthy process which normally involves me getting so annoyed I decide I don't want to go away anymore and give up!

                While searching last week for suitable flights I came across a little gem of a website which basically allows you to compare flights from numerous operators in a couple of simple steps. Sky Scanner is advertised as being a flight search site which was started in 2003 by three founders. They are a small but growing company, currently based in Edinburgh, with the aim to become the number one online resource for flight information.

                The Homepage

                The homepage itself has a white background and is quite bland really. The various languages the site can be displayed in are shown in the top right hand corner and below these are the website's name and logo. There is then a box that allows you to "Browse for Cheap Flights" and below this another box which lets you "Search for Cheap Flights." Towards the bottom of the page is a box containing any "Site News" and below this are various links that you find on the majority of websites including "About Us," "Contact Us" and "FAQs."

                Overall then the homepage serves its purpose by providing an insight into what the site actually offers without overloading you with useless information. The white background and plenty of empty white space gives an uncluttered appeal to the site. A bit of colour might make it slightly more eye catching but in effect the homepage serves its purpose quite well.

                Browse for Cheap Flights

                If you're not sure where you want to go or what it is you're looking for this option is probably for you. It allows you to search for all cheap flights from a certain airport or to a certain airport. For example you can click on "Manchester" and it will show you a list of destination countries and the airline currently offering the cheapest price and also what the price is. If you know where you want to go but are quite flexible with what airport you can fly from then you should try the "Flights to" option which works in the same way.

                There's also a further option that offers you "Suggestions" which include a weekend break, 1 week break, etc. and by clicking on one of these you'll be taken to a new page showing a list of departure dates. Simply click on one of the dates, then your destination country and you'll be shown the relevant prices for that weekend you've selected. Once you've decided on your choice simply click on it to see the relevant flight departure and arrival times and you can then be transferred to the relevant company site to book your flight.

                Search for Cheap Flights

                This works in a similar way as the above although allows you to input a definite departure airport and destination as well as the exact dates you'd like to travel on. When you select a country you can also choose which city or region you'd like to visit and the site will then provide the results for the closest airport. Once you've inputted all your information simply select "Search" to find your cheap flight.

                The results are displayed in a similar way to the above with the cheapest airline being at the top of the list. To get further information simply choose the relevant airline and you'll be taken to a new page detailing flights times, etc. To book you then follow the same process as above and get transferred to the relevant airline homepage to confirm your booking.

                Airlines

                There seems to be a growing number of airlines which sponsor this site to include their offers and prices in the results listing. At present this list include Aer Lingus, Air Berlin, Air Southwest, Atlas Blue, BMI, BMI Baby, British Airways, EasyJet, FlyBe, Jet2, Ryan Air, Sky Europe Airlines, Thomson Fly, VLM and Wizz Air.

                My Opinion

                I've used this site quite a few times over the past week while searching for a suitable mini break and have found it makes the searching process so much easier. The only problem is that certain sites such as Easy Jet and Ryan Air add on a lot of extras such as luggage costs, taxes, etc. and these aren't included in the price you see on Sky Scanner. It's really simply to use and I got the hang of it within minutes. I've found the information is always up to date, if you find a flight you want and get transfered to the airline site you'll always find the price to be the same as on Sky Scanner.

                I normally spend about half an hour searching through various sites but here you conduct a simple search and be presented with suitable flights from numerous different companies in just seconds. The site is really quick to load and presents results in about 5 seconds which is great! I'll certainly be using this site again and would recommend it to anyone, especially as it continues to expand.

                Thanks for reading!

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