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What’s a Hacker Fare?


Wondering what a Hacker Fare is on KAYAK?

Instead of making you book one round-trip ticket from a single airline, KAYAK plays airfare matchmaker by finding two one-way tickets that together make a round-trip flight. Sometimes that means you might take a different airline home than the one you took to your destination. Other times, it’s the same airline, but they have you in the system as two one-ways. That’s the beauty of Hacker Fares.

Either way, you’ll get there and back while usually paying less than you would if it were a regular round-trip flight.

Why does KAYAK do this? We think you should have options when it comes to travel, even if that means breaking the mold a bit.

How do you book a Hacker Fare on KAYAK?

After searching for a flight, you’ll see “Hacker Fare” clearly identified under the price. Simply select the “View Deal” button to start the process. Just be sure that prices for both tickets are available before booking. To do this, simply open each booking page in a new tab and double-check the price and availability. Book and you’re good to go. You can even forward your bookings to trips@kayak.com and we’ll start building an itinerary for you in KAYAK Trips.

Now introducing Hacker Stays.

Because we realized how much money travelers were saving with Hacker Fares, we decided to try it on hotels too. Now, you can find “Hacker Stays” on select hotel options. Basically, this is when we find two great deals from separate providers for the exact same hotel during the dates of your stay. For example, if XYZ.com has a special rate on the days 1-2 of your stay, but ZYX.com has an even cheaper rate for days 3-4, we’ll combine them. Then, you book with both sites and receive separate confirmations, even though it all adds up to one stay.

The only caveat is that booking this way may require a room change during your trip. To help avoid having to switch rooms on vacation, you can always let the front desk know at check-in that you’ve booked two consecutive stays. (They can usually work things out for you.)

Try searching for a Hacker Fare.


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