Friday, February 2, 2018

Flight Deal Apps reviews; Hopper, Travel Pirates and WOW

So, in my last post I openly discussed Spirit Airlines and some ways that using their services could save you extra money on top of their great deals. I hope I helped introduced some of you cool cats to something you may not have known! Now I will candidly discuss my feelings on a few Travel and Flight Apps that are Android friendly and FREE! (I'm not affiliated with any of these apps or Android)

Today I want to shed some light on one of my favorite apps of all time: HOPPER! Fun fact, I have had a pen pal in Holland since I was fifteen, thanks to a Backstreet Boys Yahoo Group! Well, for over a decade and a half she and I have been talking about visiting one another, and this past fall I finally did it! And it's all thanks to the deals and ease of setting it up on, you guessed it, Hopper! It's easy, just pick your start and end destinations and Hopper finds the lowest fare for your selected dates from a pool of airways. You don't have to worry about individual choices of this or that airline and comparing the services that only have a $4 difference between them. What I love about it is that you can put an alert on your trip locale and Hopper will announce if the prices you were seeing have gone up or down significantly and their tips on if they think it will go down even further. Well, it took about two months but my husband and I managed to score round trip deals from Detroit Metro to Schipol Airport (Amsterdam) for $622 after taxes and fees (including international fees). When I looked at DTW and Windsor's flights they were RT for about $1300 each with more layovers than the one stop flight we had from Hopper.  And, from Hopper, we booked an RT flight to Dublin and back to Holland for $126 after fees. It was really easy, took about ten minutes for everything once I had my credit card and passport in front of me and all of our flight info was saved on the app as well as emailed over for extra security.
The good: Everything is easy to work with and manage. Check in was fine and printing boarding passes at the airport was a-ok. Hopper sent an alert when it was time to check into our flights a day ahead, as well.
The Bad: When the deals hit and it alerts you it only last about a day or two. So if you're not immediate upon the deal it may raise a smidge next day.
This is a test I did for a screenshot's sake. See how it aids?

Another App/website that I was turned on to is Travel Pirates. For flight deals I'm not sure how I feel about it- yes the deals are great but the ones they boast about (lately it's Fly to San Fran for $20) are only if you start from a nearby location to the place mentioned. For instance, to fly to San Fran for $20 you need to be coming from Vegas only. Coming from Chicago or New York are back over $100 one way and Detroit isn't an available airport.  Plus about 6 pop-up ads hide on you from hitting enter on any click. For flights it's basically your run-of-the-mill flight adjustment deal sites raking through airlines for cheapies, which is still great! But for the flight aspect it's nothing special and my airport only makes the cut half the time. However, the deals you can get for trips away are really looking good right now- a round trip flight with 4 star hotel stay in the French Quarter for a long weekend for $491*? Pretty good! (*that price is the entry level starting point. It goes up from there so I would recommend booking this early if you want it so that you can get the best deals before places book.) 
The good: The deals seem pretty good! Especially the package deals. 
The Bad: Not all airports are included. For most of the trips, if I wanted to book I would have to drive to or book another flight to Chicago O'Hare just to cash in, which kind of eliminates the savings. And all of the alerts I saw when I had the app were for generic trip deals, not anything I had specifically searched out or saved. Sometimes there were 5 or 6 a day to things I wasn't interested in at the time. 

Has everyone heard of WOW? It's a cheap fare service from the USA to Iceland and Europe. The app includes options for hotels and car rentals, if you're looking for that. I mostly only hear about WOW when talks of Iceland come about (DO narwhals exist??), but it's nice to know that you can also fly to about 15 other main European cities as well (such as the nicest people in the world capitol, Amsterdam and my beloved Dublin). Like Pirates, not all airports are on the list of take off list and you may find yourself having to fly to an international (or more specifically international than DTW) just to cash in on that deal. If you get lucky, or you're not looking for too complicated of a trip, WOW can suit you just fine, I suppose. 
The Good: The deals are pretty good! RT from Detroit to Reykjavik at Basic WOW fare (no add ons at ALL) is about $500 with fees but can add up to over $800 for perks like luggage and leg room. It's still a pretty great price! 
The Bad: You can't go whenever you want to these places. There are chunks of time where there is no flight listed from here to there and vise versa. Looking up flight info for this fake trip we're going on together right now took me to May because March and April both had zero availability to book on any day. Also, like other budget airlines (Not the same as budget purchases FOR airlines like Priceline or Expedia, etc) budget airlines "nickel and dime" you for extra money. If you want a great deal from Detroit to Iceland for 10 days but only plan on bringing your purse or laptop, then you're all set with the cheapest price. But if you're like most even slightly clean people, you may want to pack some extra socks and underwear or a granola bar, even, so you will have to pay more or strap it to your body somehow or light layer up. The flights are also nonrefundable and as you can see by this crudely taken photo, only the highest priced trip offer cancellation protection. I can't function the rest of the site unless I begin to build my flight plan, so I can't tell you what is offered as an add on, but I imagine all items in the Biz section can be added on to your tickets. So, you're saving money, but when it comes down to it with all of the itemization, you will be spending a prettier penny than it appears, so you may be surprised.
The app wouldn't show the same screen to capture a clearer shot. Sorry, I'm a caveman.

Now, I know there are many more apps, and I plan to research, try to use and review all that I can. But as someone who supports my fellow bloggers, I read a lot of blogs throughout the week. And I absolutely hate when the blog post looks like it could fill 17 pages if printed. So I will bid you adieu for now and return with another set of apps to help or de-hinder your travel experiences! 

Please, if you have any suggestions of another app to try for some good deals or have used the apps mentioned today, let me know in the comments! I'm always happy to strike up conversations about learning and deal hunting!

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32 comments:

  1. Thank you for all the information, I never heard about hopper, I'll defiantly check it out!

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  2. The moment you described the hopper app, I went to grab my phone and installed it! Thanks. Lovely pictures on your trip and looking forward to more posts of your travels. I love them!

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    1. Thank you! I recommend hopper, and it's free!

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  3. As I am dreaming about summer vacation, it's good to know about all these apps. Thanks for sharing.

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    1. Please check back I'm working on a new batch of app reviews that may be of use! D you have any specific travel plans or any sort of deals you're looking for?

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  4. Thanks for this great info! The hubby and I are trying to plan our vaca for the end of the year. I will look into using some of these to help me with the planning.

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    1. I'll keep adding some that I have used and know for sure are helpful. Do you have a style of destination in mind? like tropical, europe, something like that? Hopper was def great because i already had destinations in my head to look for, but it's fun to just play on to gt ideas. I'd be happy to help you out!

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  5. great tips - especially the Wow - i did check my soon to be bought flight and it does make a significant difference. Thanks for sharing.

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    1. im happy it was useful to you! I'm real good at finding deals and this is just one of the many ways it's worked for me.

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  6. We are on a budget so this really great info! Thank you so much for sharing it :)

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  7. Hiya, I've never heard of half of the apps you mentioned but now I have added them to my list that I use when looking to book flights etc. Thanks heaps, I'm on a tight budget so I look forward to using these apps to see how they help me out... Awesome info share!!!!

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  8. What a cool app! I'm always looking for a good deal so this is so helpful.

    April

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  9. Thank you so much for such an amazing info. I only knew about Hopper, others were new for me and I need to try them out. Great post. :)

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    1. hope they work out! I'm posting about a few more apps later that might also be of interested, you're welcome back any time!

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  10. Thank you for the info, I've never heard about hopper, I will be checking it out now!

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  11. I really loved reading your blog... I never heard about this Hopper app and I am looking forward to actively utilizing this app to expand my blog following and brand. thanks for sharing!

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  12. Thank you for bringing this up. We will be planning a trip next year and might have to look at using this application.

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  13. I am looking into doing travel plans with my daughter. And i will definitely be checking out this hopper app to do some planning for it. It sounds like it could be so useful.

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    1. I hope that you do, it's a good one! happy travels!

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  14. In my country traveling by plane is not so usual. These apps are so useful when you are travel by plane. I have had no idea about these apps.

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  15. Thank you for this! It seems so hard to find good deals on flights these days!

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  16. Great post! I'll be checking out the hopper app now! I've never heard of it before, but it sounds super handy.

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  17. With travel becoming more frequent with the weather getting warmer, these apps will definitely help. I had never heard of these before!

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  18. Thank you for this great review post! I will be traveling a lot this year and will check these out!

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  19. My brother uses Travel Pirates and has been on some amazing trips thanks to it! I need to use it this year.

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  20. I've never heard of any of these! I'm in the last trimester of my pregnancy so no traveling for me right now, but I'll definitely be using these once I'm able to !

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  21. I appreciate the information but sadly I don't have any of my own ideas to share. making note for future reference

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  22. I am planning on going on some travels in the near future. I definitely think it would be worth checking out these apps. Thanks for the great information. I wish I had good apps to share as well that worked well for travel.

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    1. Thank you, hope you and your daughter can get a lot of use! if you find something absolutely let me know!

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  23. This is a great breakdown. I'm gonna see what flight deals I can dig up!

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  24. This makes planning for the next vacation so easy! and if we score a great deal will be thanks to you! You're awesome!

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  25. Thank you for this great information! I will saved this my future travel.

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