If you travel a lot, you know just how big a pain in the derriere it is to find a flight. Airlines are confusing, flights are untimely, and keeping it all straight can be a real hassle. Thankfully, there’s an app for that: Skyscanner, by the developers of the same name, is a brilliant utility for finding upcoming flights. Though the app isn’t perfect, it’s convenient and free—a combination that’s certainly hard to overlook anywhere.
Concept and Functionality
Skyscanner offers a mobile experience on the iPhone that’s more or less equivalent to large travel sites like Expedia. You tell the app where you’ll be flying to (and on what day) and it trolls through all the major airlines looking for cheap flights. Once you’ve got your results, you’re free to sort them by a true cavalcade of criteria: Everything from departure and flight time, to duration and airline. It’s quick, it’s simple and it saves a lot of pain looking for the best flight. Skyscanner also allows you to save recent searches. This is particularly helpful if you fly often between two cities, and would rather not enter the same information over and over. Using the built-in share function, you can also email your findings to a mate for safekeeping.
The are a few important features missing from the app, but on the whole Skyscanner is a baked cookie. I would have liked to see more sharing options, as Email is great for business, but I may only talk to certain contacts via Facebook or Twitter. When booking a flight, you’re also required to use the in-app browser (which is often a bit cramped) and I would have liked the option to finish the process in Mobile Safari. On the whole, though, the experience is quick, painless and time saving—just as it should be.
Design and Ease of Use
Skyscanner suffers from a serious design problem: It’s menus are painfully easy to use. Managing dates for departure and return, not to mention locations, can be a real hassle, especially when an airline site is bucking and reloading constantly underneath you. None of that is here in Skyscanner. The app uses simple, clean-cut menus to clock your information. The app’s professional layout and cool blue art style are also appreciated. The dates selector is simple to use as well, making me believe booking a flight can be fun for the first time since . . . well, ever! All the important bits are only a few clicks away, and I could not be happier with the app’s production value. The in-app browser could be beefed up a bit if the user is forced to use it, but that’s a small pimple on a near perfect facade.
At the end of the day, do you really need Skyscanner? Essentially, it is the same service as Expedia.com, but its sleek packaging, ease of use, and quick results make it a convenient way to search for flights. And since it’s one-hundred percent free in the App Store, it’s not like you have anything to lose.
Skyscanner requires iOS 3.0 or later and is compatible with iPhone, iPad, and iPod Touch. A small expedite fee was paid by the developer to speed up the publication of this review.
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