A New Way to Find Deals on Flights – Hacker Fares™

By Andrea Charriez

Today we launched a new addition to our flight query results to give you even more ways to find great deals.

We all know flight prices can be tricky. Really tricky (and fickle as well). So we found a way to hack into the mainframes of airlines to get the best rates. OK, well… that’s not true. The airlines don’t use mainframes anymore. No, seriously, we absolutely do not hack (that was just a few of us and before they worked at KAYAK).

But I digress. Let’s say you’re looking for a weekend roundtrip flight from New York to San Francisco, and the best price is WHOA $600 for economy. That’s a sh*#t-ton for most people. You may not be able to afford that for a little jaunt to the Golden State. I mean SF is great, but six hundred bucks for a 3-day trip? No thanks. I can stare at a picture of Alcatraz, spray salt water in my face, pour white wine into a large pretentious glass and voila!

But wait… there’s a way that you might be able to find a better price. A few savvy travelers know a little trick for finding deals. Sometimes buying two one-way fares on separate airlines can turn out to be cheaper than the best round trip price. But finding these “holes in the matrix” isn’t so easy. Basically you have to search travel sites over and over to find these deals.

Here’s where Hacker Fares™ (did I mention we trademarked this term?) comes into play. When someone queries KAYAK for flights from one destination to another, we include Hacker Fares™ in the results.

Why are we calling these itineraries Hacker Fares™ you ask? Well perhaps a few of us have some nostalgia for our earlier lives. Also, these itineraries require purchasing two or more one-way tickets on separate airlines, so we want to make sure everyone understands that these aren’t just regular flight options. These require a little bit of “hacking”.

Just for the record, that is not a picture of our Chief Scientist, Giorgos Zacharia, though Hacker Fares™ is the brainchild of Giorgos and his crack developers. As he said after creating the idea, “I’ve saved hundreds of dollars for my family with this approach over the years, so we thought we’d make this type of searching available to non-hackers as well.”


(Preview photo cred: iStock.com/BrianAJackson)