August 8, 2018

How to Find Cheap Flights Using Momondo

Want to know how to land cheap flights? Momondo might be the resource for you. Even if you’re new to the cheap travel game, you’ve probably heard rumblings about the cheap flight staple that many members of the budget travel community swear by.

Momondo is easily one of the best meta-search engines out there at helping travelers find the cheapest flights possible. Unlike their competitors (Expedia, Travelocity, Priceline, etc.), Momondo doesn’t sell flights; however due to their ability to search everywhere simultaneously, including details on hundreds of online travel agencies, Momondo stays a step above the rest.

The Good

Before we get into how to use Momondo, let’s brush on some of the undeniable pros of the service:

  1. You can search online travel agencies all at once, versus the usual method of looking through them one at a time. This saves you time and energy while looking for the best flight deals out there.
  2. You are guaranteed cheap flight deals. Many assume third-party sites like Travelocity or Expedia are the mecca of online flight deals. In reality, you get more bang for your buck by tapping into smaller online travel agencies, which Momondo is the GOAT for.

The Bad

Yin and yang are the way of life, so while Momondo has perks, it does have its share of shortcomings as well:

  1. You can only search Momondo for specific dates. Unlike other services, looking for cheap flight deals over the course of weeks and months in advance is a no-go. At best, they can only provide you with fare estimates, which isn’t the best way to go in our opinion.
  2. You can only search specific destinations and can only do so one at a time. So, if you were looking for a service that allotted you the ability to be flexible with your destinations simultaneously, Momondo is not the most reliable for that.

The Neutral

For Momondo, keep in mind when using the service, that you can only apply filters after you’ve begun searching for flights, an option that differs from Google Flights. So, keep this in mind when trying to adjust stops, duration, airports, trip times, booking sites, and other additional flight categories.

Pro Tip: To make up for what the other service lacks, use Google Flights [insert internal link here] and Momondo interchangeably to find the absolute best cheap flight deals available to you.

Read on to learn more about how to utilize this tool in your future travels.

How To Use It

The safest bet when trying to book cheap flights is to begin with a Google Flights search. Through Google Flights, you can learn what route you’d like to take and which dates. Afterwards, you can cross-check those dates through Momondo. From there, you can decide where to book based on the better deal.

Here’s an example:

It’s that time of year again where you buckle down to honor your commitment of one international trip per year. You have your mind on Spain, Madrid to be specific. So, with your destination and your travel dates in mind, head over to Google Flights. I found this travel deal for a 7-day (March 20-March 26) roundtrip for $551:

Repeat the process for Momondo with the same dates and destination. Since Momondo takes a little longer to compile results than Google Flights, ensure that the icon underneath the Outbound dates on the webpage says “Search complete” before shopping around.

Unlike Google Flights, Momondo’s cheapest flight is listed at $620:

Momondo’s ticket is offered at a Mix & Match rate, which is a travel deal operated by Iberia. You can click “View Deal” to look into further details of how to purchase your flight. Likewise, you can go to Google Flights and purchase a ticket $69 cheaper directly through Air France. What’s even better is that all fare prices include taxes. You can filter your search results by playing around with different flight categories in the lefthand corner of the site. Play with airlines, business or first-class classifications, trip times, duration, etc. Adjust as you see fit.

At the end of the day, it’s all about what you have in mind for your budget. We’re just trying to help you arrive inexpensively.

Safe travels!

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