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Beginner’s guide to Skyscanner

In this beginner-friendly article, we share some tips and tricks on how to use Skyscanner's features to make seeing the world cheaper and easier. With this handy tool built for travellers, you'll soon be going everywhere.

Search Everywhere

What is Skyscanner?

Skyscanner is a travel search engine. In a single click, Skyscanner will search, find and present to you the best flight deals in the market.

Is Skyscanner free?

Skyscanner is absolutely free! We search through hundreds of airlines and online travel agents to help you find the best travel deals. Select the deal you want, and we will direct you to the airline or travel agent to make a direct booking with them. Skyscanner does not charge you for our search services.

What does Skyscanner do?

Searches results in under 30 seconds

When you type in your flight preferences, especially your departure and arrival airports, our crawlers will check the best flight prices from airlines and online travel agents (OTAs). The prices are sieved out and presented to you – all under 30 seconds.

Sorts results by their final price

To ensure you get the cheapest prices for your travel, Skyscanner lists results from the lowest to highest price, inclusive of all extra charges. The price you see is usually the final price on the OTA’s final booking page as well.

Presents more options for results at the same price

If airlines and travel agents happen to have identical prices for the same flight route, we list them down for you- right next to the price. We want to help you make informed travel booking decisions, by providing you with all the information.

How to use Skyscanner’s flight search tool?

Step 1: Enter search details

Fill in your travel details: selected destination, dates, number of passengers, flight type.

Step 2: Tap “Search”

Let our crawlers do all the hard work for you!

Click "Search" and our crawlers will get to work, pulling data from our partnered airlines and OTAs.

Step 3: Get search results

TADA! Your search results will be generated within 30 seconds.

Step 4: Refine results with filters

Select “Filter” near the top right corner of your screen to bring up the filters menu. You can now customise your search results in any number of ways, then hit “Apply”! Best of all, your search results below the filter menu are updated instantaneously as you use the sliders — no need to run a search again.

Step 5: Sort your flights

Another more “hidden” feature is the ability to sort your results. The default is by price, but there are many options for you to choose. Don’t forget to check out Skyscanner’s new rating system. We’ve developed sophisticated algorithms that rate flights on their price, itinerary, and general ease of travel so that you can find the best deals quickly. Look for the smiley green faces!

Step 6: Choose your flight and book

Exit the Sort & Filter menu to see your updated results. Choose the flight that’s best for you, then follow through to the airlines’ website to complete your booking and start packing!

Don’t know where to go yet?

Get travel inspiration by using our Skyscanner “Everywhere” feature to find the cheapest destinations for your next holiday. Simply start by typing “Everywhere” in the destination field, then select your dates. Voila! You’ll see a list of places you can go and at the best prices.

When’s the cheapest time to fly?

If your travel dates are flexible,  our Skyscanner calendar and chart view features help you save money by finding the cheapest time to book flights to your favourite destination! The calendar comes up automatically when you enter your dates. Touch “Chart” just below your dates to get to the chart view.

Monitor the best flight deals!

Never miss a flight deal when you sign up to our Skyscanner Price Alerts! We will help you monitor flight prices to your favourite destination by automatically sending you a notification of when the price of your selected flight changes.

Search Everywhere

Now that you’re armed with this great travel tool, head over to book cheap flightshotels and car rental via Skyscanner today, or download our free mobile app for Android or mobile app for iOS for easy browsing and booking on the go.

Download the Skyscanner app

Originally published April 2016 and updated in November 2018. Any prices are lowest estimated prices only at the time of publication and are subject to change and/or availability.

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