It’s Not Just Any Other Travel Website

When searching for airplane tickets online, have you ever noticed the same exact flight having a different price on each travel site? Well, flight has come up with a way for travelers to get the absolute lowest airfare. Two men, Todd Sullivan and Lauren McLeod, founded this company in Mountain View, California. Todd Sullivan states that there are two types of airfare researchers, one being an “expert”. Members will need to apply in order to be experts. These applicants need to only show they are capable of finding low and good fares. Another type of researchers are “flight hackers”. These people “enjoy the sport of fare-hunting”.

To become apart of this traveler community, Flight fox requires the flyer to enter he or she’s destination and where they will be traveling from, as well as desired itinerary and preferences (connected flights, direct flight, where you would like to sit in the plane, etc.). If someone needs to travel with a pet or surfboard, there is an option for that. This results in a competition between the researchers (anyone apart of Flightfox) to find flights according to the specifications of the traveler.





Whoever ends up finding the cheapest fare that best complies with the traveler’s preferences will receive ” seventy-five percent of the finder’s fee that the traveler pays Flightfox when setting up the competition”. This allows for members to have an incentive and further motivation to look for these flights. In addition, it’s a new hobby people can start enjoying. Most people utilize a computer at least once a day, especially when there is down time. Now, you can earn a few bucks during that down time.

I believe this is a wonderful idea. There are many airplanes and websites that not everyone knows about and this site gives the opportunity to contribute such information and help others out, while at the same time having a possibility to win some money! One thing I am skeptical about is that prices of tickets can vary every day. One day, it can be the cheapest price you find and the next it can increase by sometimes a hundred dollars each way, so I wonder if the information given by the researcher is one hundred percent true or if the researcher needs to constantly update the information.

What are your opinions about this article? Would you consider using this site when it comes time to planning a trip, why or why not?

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3 thoughts on “It’s Not Just Any Other Travel Website

  1. This is one of the most innovative ideas I have seen in a while! I like how this site noticed the need for customer reviews in order to not only save time and resources needed to find great deals but also give the consumer an incentive to go on the site, seeing that they could get paid for the find. I would be willing to checkout the site but it definitely is a concern that prices fluctuate so often…

  2. I’ve checked out the site after reading this article. I am actually looking for tickets to visit my family in California. At first thought, this site is pretty cool. However, for someone who is looking for a good deal (and trying to save as much as possible) paying that extra $29-59 dollars may not be worth it. As you have mentioned, the price of the tickets fluctuate every day. I can do my own research and just come up with as much of a good price as the person or persons I’m paying for at Flightfox to research it for me. So I guess it’s all about time (would I rather pay to save that time I would have to spend in looking for a good deal). Also, some airline tickets just fluctuate a dollar or two, would I want to pay $29 when I just have to pay $2-3 extra? Mostly not. So the idea is nice but not from the consumer’s point of view (my opinion).

    However, people who are looking for an extra few bucks while surfing the internet this would be a great opportunity for them. This site is great when you’re on the Web a lot since you can get paid for your time.

  3. I feel that the idea of the website has good intentions; however, like the person above me, paying an extra fee for this “competition” based technique may not be worth it. Especially if you’re flying domestic, that extra fee can make a big difference on the cost of your trip. Nonetheless, for someone who does not have the time to surf the internet for the cheapest flight this is a great way to save them time. Also, when booking international flights this has the capability to save consumers a lot of money. I don’t know if I would necessarily use this website, but they do have an idea that sets them apart from a lot of other sites.

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