Hipmunk Travel Search Engine to Close

By Anna Breuer on 14 January 2020
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Hipmunk’s aviator scarf and goggles sporting rodent will make its last search in mid January.

Concur, which acquired the travel search site in 2016, announced Tuesday that Hipmunk will shut down on January 23, 2020.

“We are grateful for the nine years we spent helping travelers take the agony out of travel planning and wish every user the best on their future journeys,” the company said in a message to its users.

Hipmunk was founded in 2010 by computer scientists Steve Huffman, who previously co-founded Reddit, and Adam Goldstein, who previously co-founded BookTour.

The search engine was the first travel site to sort results by duration, the number of stops, and hotel location.  It was popular for providing search results via a timetable with colored bars ranked flights in descending order of “agony,” using a formula that the company created to incorporate price, duration, the number of stops, and departure and arrival times.

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