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Hipmunk provides a clean interface that's dense with visually well-presented information, not plastered with advertising. It uses a smart algorithm that automatically hides unwanted results, and ranks the rest by how much or little agony it will cause you. "Agony" is best explained by the sites co-founder Adam Goldstein: A combined function of price, duration, and number of stops – basically the total agony you’ll experience in your butt and your savings. This results in an experience that won't overwhelm you with pages of options to dig through to find the best option. Hipmunk uses a timeline to visually show the differences between search results, and provides sliders to help narrow down results to just the ones that fit your schedule. You can sort the flights by a price, duration, and airline, but the default ranking of "agony" is by far the superior option for finding the best flight. See More
Supplementing the simple default interface are a variety of features to help you organise more complex trips, up to a 6-stop multi-city flight. When searching for flights you can also easily add a flexible range of suitable dates instead of having to search multiple times. See More
Kayak searches hundreds of travel sites to find all the possible flights to ensure you don't miss out on the best options. They have the most comprehensive results out of the competition. One of the biggest advantages of Kayak that most of their competitors don't have is the choice of where to book after you have found what flight or hotel you want. This means you are not locked into a single vendor and can compare the various booking fees etc. See More
There are a large number of complaints against Kayak questioning their honesty. It's frequently reported that after booking on the site and enter your credit card information, you will be told to call Kayak as something went wrong. You are then given a higher rate, or sometimes charged the higher rate without being told. See More
Kayak has a feature called "explore" that lets you answer the question "Where can I go for how much?" Explore is a fantastic tool for initially planning out your trip while finding the cheapest flights. From CN-Traveler: You punch in parameters for a trip and how much you're willing to spend to fly there, and your options magically appear on a map. You could punch in, for instance, that you want a maximum-four-hour nonstop flight in January to someplace where there's a beach and the temperature is between 70 and 90 degrees and they speak Spanish, and you don't want to spend more than $500 on airfare; Kayak will spit back your options. See More
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