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Your Complete Guide to Using Skyscanner to Find the Cheapest Travel Deals

How does Skyscanner get the prices we show? Which airlines and travel agencies do we work with? Are we a search engine? We answer your questions and help you get the most out of Skyscanner for your next trip.

What is Skyscanner?

Skyscanner scans the web for as many worldwide flight, hotel and car rental offers as we can, to offer you all of your travel options and provide the best deals.

We are essentially a travel search engine, as we do the searching for you but the reservation is made directly with the airline or travel provider. In other words, we’re a comparison website. An online travel agency is a bit different, as you will book your travel directly on the website.

Where does Skyscanner get all airline, hotel, and car rental prices?

We pride ourselves on having more direct partnerships with online travel agencies, airlines, hotels and car rental companies than any other travel search website. We also build all of our own technology, so that we can reliably search the internet to bring you back the best deals on travel.

Does Skyscanner vet the companies that are shown?

We have a very strict process in place to check that any travel agency, airline, hotel or car hire company that we show you prices for are playing nice and giving you best experience. We set the standards pretty high and remove any online travel agencies that we find are not adhering to these standards. Our brilliant customer service team constantly monitors this and they’re happy to help you with any specific feedback you’d like to give.

Why is Skyscanner free?

When you find the deal you want, we connect you to the airline or travel agency to make your booking directly with them. The partner then pays us a small referral fee. The price you see on Skyscanner is the price on the airline’s site.

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How do I book through Skyscanner?

It’s a little bit of show and tell; you tell us where you want to go, we show you the best deals, you hit the green ‘Select’ button you then we take you directly to the online travel agency, airline, hotel or car hire company’s website and you book with them. So we do not hold your booking confirmation or details, and any amendments (change of name on ticket, change of flight) must be made through them.

Does Skyscanner have a mobile application?

Download Skyscanner’s Award-winning App to search flights, hotels, and car rentals and discover the best prices.

Why should I use Skyscanner instead of the many other travel sites?

There are many reasons, but the main ones are:

  1. We are unbiased and show you all of your travel options in one place. This saves you time and money!
  2. The price you see on Skyscanner is the price you’ll pay! There’s no hidden taxes or fees
  3. We have built some awesome tools to help you find the best prices. These include our Everywhere search, Map, and whole month search.