2018 Flight Hacker Guide Data Methodology

Best Airlines

KAYAK collects ratings and reviews from users based on 6 categories:

  1. Best Airline (Overall Score)
  2. Best Airline Food
  3. Best Airline Boarding
  4. Best Airline Entertainment
  5. Best Airline Crew
  6. Best Airline Comfort

In order to qualify for selection as a best airline in 2018 for a category, an airline must have had a minimum of 150 new reviews published within 2017 with a minimum overall rating of 6.1 for the category.

Best Airlines

Selected the 10 highest scoring airlines (Full Service* and Regional**) for each of the categories above in each of the following regions: US & Canada, Latin America, Middle East & Africa, Asia Pacific.

Best Budget Airlines

Selected the 10 highest scoring budget airlines (Low Cost***) for each of the categories above.

** Full Service: A full service airline is an airline that offers passengers traditional services such as in-flight entertainment, checked baggage, meals, beverages and amenities such as blankets and pillows in the price of the airline ticket. The seats traditionally have more recline than a low cost airline as well as more leg room. Full service airlines offer passengers the selection of economy or business class travel and on some flights premium economy and first class. Full service airlines are also traditionally the flag carriers for their countries.

*** Low-cost: A low-cost carrier or low-cost airline (also known as no-frills, discount or budget carrier or airline, or LCC) is an airline without most of the traditional services provided in the fare, resulting in lower fares and fewer comforts.

**** Regional: Flight West was a regional airline operating in Australia in the 1990s Regional airlines are airlines that operate regional aircraft to provide passenger air service to communities without sufficient demand to attract mainline service.

Top 10 Hacker Fare Destinations

KAYAK looked into flight destinations with the biggest savings when booking hacker fares (two one way tickets) as opposed to roundtrip flights.

We considered searches conducted on the US and Canada KAYAK sites between 6/15/17 through 6/14/18 for travel from the US and Canada occurring between 6/15/17 through 6/14/18. All flight searched are hacker fare, economy flights excluding price outliers based on certain criteria.

Top 10 Stopover Cities

The top 10 stopover cities were curated by the KAYAK Marketing team

When to Book: Hacker Fare Savings by Month

KAYAK looked into flight savings where booking a hacker fare (two one way tickets) as opposed to roundtrip tickets during a certain month would save you more money based on where you’re booking from.

We considered searches conducted on the US and Canada KAYAK sites between 6/15/17 through 6/14/18 for travel from the US and Canada occurring between 6/15/17 through 6/14/18. All flight searched are hacker fare, economy flights excluding price outliers based on certain criteria.

When to Book: Hacker Fare Savings by Weeks Out

KAYAK looked into flight savings where booking a hacker fare (two one way tickets) as opposed to round trip tickets between 1 to 8 weeks in advance of your departure date would save you money.

We considered searches conducted on the US and Canada KAYAK sites between 6/15/17 through 6/14/18 for travel from the US and Canada occurring between 6/15/17 through 6/14/18. All flight searched are hacker fare, economy flights excluding price outliers based on certain criteria.

When to Book: Expect to Spend by Route

The data is based on flight searches and clicks on KAYAK, departing from the selected origin airport to the selected destination city for the respective travel month.

When to Book: Price Trend by Destination

The data is based on flight searches on KAYAK, for the selected search month, showing the in- or decrease in searches compared to the same search month the year before.

Prices, savings, and availability across the guide may vary.

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