There are two types of people who book flights online: those who do one search and, if the price is right, buy the ticket. And others, who spend hours looking at every combination of round-trip, one-way, bizarre connection possible in order to save $37.
That second group will do an average of 40 searches when buying a ticket, according to experts. Granted, not all at once, but still, that's a ton of time and effort.
And it's why the three German mathematicians who recently launched the airfare search engine Tripdelta think they're on to something. Using a proprietary algorithm, their site searches not only traditional flights but also “hidden routes” in an attempt to save travelers both hours of searching and huge savings.
What’s a hidden route?
Good question. We've talked about them here before, but essentially, a hidden route is one that involves two or more one-way flights, often on different airlines, that connect in a common (or “hidden”) airport. For example, a popular flight from San Francisco to Berlin connects through London Heathrow, at a cost of about $2,400. Tripdelta routes you through Olso and Stockholm, and costs you about $600. According to Tripdelta co-founder Nikolas Langes, that’s because normal search engines don’t examine EVERY possible combination of flights to get you there, while their's does.