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Is Skyscanner Reliable?

Short Answer? Yes! But here's why...

What is Skyscanner?

Skyscanner is a metasearch engine that scans the internet and pulls the prices for your flight, hotel and car rental search from thousands of online travel agencies and airlines around the globe.

So is Skyscanner Reliable?

The answer is Yes! Skyscanner is highly reliable. 

And the reason why is this… Skyscanner is an independent company with the sole goal of helping you find the best option for your personal travel plans.

Every month, over 100 million customers trust Skyscanner to help them find the best deals on flights, hotels, and car rentals.

This means Skyscanner doesn’t allow companies to pay for “higher rankings” on your search results page.

It also means that the prices you see are the prices you get. Skyscanner doesn’t charge any fees to use the website or any of its search features. They simply find the price from across the web and show it to you. You decide whether to order your results by “Cheapest”, “Best”, or “Fastest”.

Skyscanner shows you the price of your flight from every booking source across the web, you get to decide which travel agency or website you use to book.

Skyscanner will redirect you to a third-party site to complete your booking. You can use Skyscanner’s quality ratings to help you decide where to book. Below each booking option on Skyscanner’s flight results page, you’ll see a star rating (out of 5) based on user’s reviews of that site. (See the image above e.g. Expedia’s 4.5/5 stars and 15k+ reviews.)

The prices you see on Skyscanner are inclusive of taxes, something other online travel agencies and airlines don’t always show you upfront.

Skyscanner will also never sell any of your personal data.

My favorite part?

Skyscanner doesn’t use cookies to track your searches and inflate flight prices in response. This means I can search for flights as often as I want without worrying about the airline or travel agency tracking my activity and upping the prices when they know I’m interested in a route.

How I use Skyscanner as a Full-time Traveler

I’m a full-time traveler (a.k.a. I spend 25% of my time figuring out travel logistics).

I discovered Skyscanner when I began traveling in 2015 (the Everywhere search feature is a nomad’s best friend).

I’ve taken well over 100 flights in the past four years and Skyscanner was my first and only stop when researching and booking those flights. And Skyscanner has proven to be reliable, time and again.

Skyscanner is available in over 30 languages and is by far the most commonly used site among the frequent travelers I meet every day.

Because Skyscanner shows the breakdown of booking options across the web, I get to choose the websites that I trust the most.

Occasionally I find a super cheap fare through an OTA that I’ve never used before. By using Skyscanner’s quality ratings (in combination with my own research/asking around) it’s been easy to trust these fares, even when they seemed too good to be true. And happily, they weren’t 😊.