You don’t have to search forever to find the best travel deals. Also, some OTAs are prone to dangling lead prices a few bucks below what they will actually offer once you click through to the site, and some misleadingly categorize direct” flights—which do actually stop, but do not require you to change plane—as non-stop.” Even the best OTA may sometimes accidentally direct you to a site that posted inaccurate prices, and these OTAs may come and go before aggregators realize they should be eliminated from the roster.
The unfair business practices lawsuit alleges the undisclosed fees include seat assignment fees in addition to those charged by airlines and unconscionable” cancellation fees of $75 to $200 for flights canceled within 24 hours, even though airlines don’t charge for such changes.
While Google Flights is pretty comprehensive, it sometimes misses the cheapest fares, as it pulls its data from the airlines (though there are some absences like Southwest, Aeromexico, and Hong Kong Airlines, the latter two of which don’t show up in the calendar of fares) and major OTAs, but excludes smaller OTAs.
Every travel site uses an algorithm to calculate how much they charge for a particular flight, car rental, or hotel room – so the same flight from Los Angeles to New York City will have a different cost depending not only on how close to your target date you’re searching, but also what day of the week you’re searching on and whether or not you’ve made this search before.
While Kayak’s prices weren’t exorbitant, it didn’t earn outstanding marks for finding bargain-priced tickets like In the case of our hypothetical NYC-LAX vacation, choosing Kayak meant spending between $7 and $15 more than We also found Kayak to be a little more expensive than the rest of the competition when searching for car rentals – about $10 or so per day.