Skyscanner – All Flights – App Review

The "explore" feature on the iOS version of the app

By Jeremy Del Nero on 29 January 2014
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With the huge number of flight searching sites and apps available today, even seasoned frequent travelers can become overwhelmed when booking a flight on their own dime.  And with more people than ever conducting business and booking flights on the go, an efficient, easy to comprehend and use mobile app is becoming increasingly important.

One entrant into this crowded arena, Skyscanner – All Flights, serves as an intuitive, uncluttered, cross-platform app for booking flights.

Upon opening the app, Skyscanner will request access to your location settings to find the nearest airport.  Of course, this may not always be the intended airport, but it’s easy to modify the auto-filled selection.

As with most cross-platform apps, functionality may differ depending on the platform.  The iOS app, for example, offers an “explore” feature, which takes users to an interactive map of airports around the world, complete with price points for flights to selected destinations.  This is unfortunately absent from the Android app, although both apps offer the straightforward, minimalist approach to searching for flights that business travelers ultimately seek.

From the main screen, simply select departure and arrival airports, stopover versus direct flights, dates of travel, number of passengers, and cabin class.  Click “Search” to clearly display the results, and, if the dates of travel are fixed, the results may be sorted by departure time, duration, arrival time, or price per passenger.  If dates of travel are flexible, a calendar of flights is presented first allowing for selection by ticket price before drilling down to other details.

One may also filter the results based on airline, airport, time(s) of departure and arrival, stops, and duration.  The price shown should reflect all taxes, fees, and surcharges, although on more than one occasion, I found the final booking price to differ slightly from that which Skyscanner specified.

Skyscanner will redirect users to an external phone number or webpage for the final booking step, which, unfortunately, cannot be completed within the app.

A search may be saved by adding it to the user’s favorites, or sharing it to Twitter, Facebook, or through e-mail.  In the event that one wants to search for another flight without disrupting the results from a previous search, the app offers tabbed browsing.

The app is ad-supported (with relatively unobtrusive ads) and available free on all platforms.  However, iOS users may opt to remove the ads for a one-time fee of $1.99.  A web version, compatible with mobile browsers, is also available.

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