CAMBRIDGE, MA - July 15, 2014 - Flight pricing is highly complex and opaque so consumers often don't have the information they need to get the best deal on flights. In an effort to level the playing field, Hopper, the travel planning site, today launched Hopper Flight Explorer, a flexible flight search tool that provides real-time quotes and price analysis.
When shopping for flights, consumers often lack basic information about how much they should expect to pay for their trip. Hopper Flight Explorer analyzes billions of flight prices everyday, found by travelers worldwide in real-time. Using big data analytics, Hopper Flight Explorer identifies great deals, the lowest-priced 10% of flights, and good deals, the lowest-priced 25% of flights, for any airfare search so travelers will never pay too much for a flight again. The deals filter allows users to choose to see only the best-priced flights for any search query. Travelers can also set their budget using the price filter.
For those in the early stages of trip planning, Hopper Flight Explorer can help in deciding where to go by comparing prices for multiple destinations at once. Travelers can enter multiple destinations in the "To" field or search broad areas such as a states, countries, groups of islands, or entire continents, and they can even leave it blank to search anywhere in the world. To learn more about any destination, users can click the image to explore Hopper’s destination guide featuring rich content from top travel bloggers.
Hopper Flight Explorer also allows travelers to search for specific or flexible dates. By using the "exact dates" feature, users can specify the dates they want to fly and identify if they have any scheduling flexibility around those dates. Travelers can explore a broader set of dates using the "flexible dates" feature. This allows users to set their length of stay and then find different deals for a specific month, season, or the entire year.
"We constantly hear from consumers that they are frustrated with the flight buying process because airline prices seem more mysterious than the stock market," said Patrick Surry, Chief Data Scientist at Hopper. "At Hopper, we’re using data sets of billions of flight prices to help consumers comparison shop to find the right destination for their budget and flexibility, and feel confident that they’re getting the best possible deal."
Hopper’s flight data comes from a combined feed of Global Distribution Service (GDS) data sources which include several billion trip searches around the globe daily.
To start planning your trip using Hopper Flight Explorer, visit us on the web at http://www.hopper.com/flights/feed.
Hopper is a travel planning site dedicated to helping travelers make better decisions about where to go and when to fly and buy by providing insightful data-driven research. Hopper was founded in 2007, is based in Boston and Montreal and is backed by Brightspark, Atlas Venture and OMERS Ventures. For more information about Hopper, visit http://www.hopper.com.
Brianna Schneider, Hopper