No matter whether it's a quick hop from city to city, a holiday jaunt to the sand and sun of the Caribbean, or a long-hauler to the buzzing metropolises of Asia, when it comes to booking airfares, it pays to be in the know. Enter the all-new Hopper App for iOS 8, which offers users access to one of the largest airfare-data pools and some fantastic information on how to book the cheapest seats in the skies. Here's a look at five different ways the application can help save travelers a bit of cash, complete with market-defying price predictions, monthly fare trends, and insider tips.
Statistics show that would-be travelers who monitor flight prices typically enjoy 5-10% cheaper fares in the same 24-hour period. That's why the Hopper App is primed for real-time notifications, which allow users to stay up-to-date with even the smallest fluctuations in seat prices on their chosen route! Remember, though: The earlier you start monitoring the better. Early watchers are more likely to be in the loop when that flight price becomes super cheap.
By combining billions of pieces of historical flight-price data from across the web with advanced price-prediction algorithms for the future, the Hopper App is unrivaled in its ability to pinpoint the best time to click that buy button (in fact, our Price Prediction feature gets it right an estimated 95% of the time!). That means you'll no longer have to worry about whether to hold out for a better ticket price or if a cheaper seat will pop up on the route just moments after purchasing. Nice.
In this hectic, fast-paced world, no one has time to sit, glued to a computer screen refreshing flight aggregator websites in pursuit of the best deals. That's why the Hopper App offers instant airfare alerts direct to your iPhone, ensuring that you never miss out on that sudden airfare sale to the Caribbean, those ebbing average airfares on transatlantic routes, or bargain flights to Florida again.
In addition to offering a breakdown of the best booking days and departure and return times, up-to-date airline alerts and predicted future trends, the Hopper App also throws out some pretty neat insider tips to help travelers save even more dollars on their flights. These range from info on alternative arrival airports that may be cheaper to a rundown of the various carriers competing for passengers on any given route, all formulated from billions of pieces of we continually collect.
Every flier knows that airfares can fluctuate dramatically by simply altering the departure and return days of any given trip, which is precisely why the Hopper App shows users the cheapest and most expensive dates for departures and returns in one seriously easy-to-use, color-coded calendar. But the good news doesn't stop there either: The Hopper App will also make helpful suggestions for saving a quick buck on flights simply by changing your travel times, just in case you missed that bargain during your search.