With the summer vacation season cranking up, you may be shopping around to see just how far your travel budget can take you this year. So how would you like to find airfare for as little as 10% of the normal price? I know more than a few folks who would be packing their bags, pronto!
When it's time to book your next vacation, many people will probably turn to travel sites like Expedia, Orbitz and Kayak looking for the best deal on flights. But, there's another site out there called Skypicker that you need to keep your eyes on. It's a Czech tech startup that's found a way to connect flyers with airline tickets that are up to 90% cheaper.
Airline websites don't post possible connecting flights with rival companies, so even if there is a cheaper connection out there you may not find it. Even aggregator websites like Expedia don't list every flight from every airline because they don't always have access to all of that information. Skypicker digs through all that secret data to find cheaper connecting flights that you can't see anywhere else.
Knowing whether the flights link up can mean the difference between buying a €500 [$546.83] ticket to fly direct between two major cities or getting two €25 [$27.84] tickets from discount airlines and connecting the flights yourself via Skypicker — a 90% difference in price, at the extreme end of the discounts.
Founder Oliver Dlouhy came up with the idea for Skypicker after trying to book a flight from Prague to Portugal for a vacation. He found that he could save a lot of money by connecting through Oslo, Norway on competing airlines. Neither airline listed the connection on the website, so Dlouhy had to manually scour a bunch of sites to find the discount on his own.
In order to make that same process easier and more accessible for others, he hired a developer and started Skypicker. The service initially grabbed data from other sites, but now sources information from a search engine called Tripomatic that the company purchased in 2014. Dlouhy even convinced 150 airlines to provide the company with their information, so Skypicker could make the connections for customers.
The site functions just like your average travel search engine. All you have to do is enter your dates and destinations and Skypicker will come up with the cheapest flights available.