How to buy a plane ticket to Skyscanner - search and booking

I continue to fill the blog informationgeneral articles. Perhaps sometime this will result in a separate FAQ on independent travel. I usually adhere to such a plan - if you repeatedly ask a question, then you need an article on this topic, so that next time you just answer with a link. This time, about how to book a plane ticket, such instructions for using the site.

And, yes, be sure to look, how to search hotels via roomguru, because still not everyone knows even what the hotel search engine differs from the booking system.

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What is Skyscanner and why you cannot buy tickets there

So, I often use the Skyscanner service forsearch for air tickets, so on his example I will tell you everything. I like it there, and I like the interface, and the prices ... Yes, and it so happened that I learned about it first of all, the habit has already developed to use it. On other sites, the process of selecting and booking a ticket will be very similar.

Skyscanner is a flight search engine, orin another way, the aggregator, that is, he sells nothing, but only shows ticket prices from a variety of airlines. He does not charge any commissions for use, but simply redirects you after searching and choosing one or another flight to the website of the airline or agency that sells these tickets. I will tell you about it below.

Thus, all your monetary relations will bewith the agency or with the airline, because they were the ones who were selling the ticket to you, not Skyscanner. It is important to understand and pay attention to the site where you actually buy a ticket. And then the newcomers still address their questions to the search engine, and not the agency.

How to book a plane ticket

Fill out the form

All the important points in the photo, which I will talk about, are marked with red lines.

The first thing we see on the main pageSkyScanner is a standard search form that includes points of departure, destination, and flight dates. Here everything is clear and simple. You can still see the offers in the block “Cheap tickets”, it is below and to the right of the search form. Suddenly there is a direction that we just need. And you can immediately fill out the search form.

Standard search form on the main page

Standard search form on the main page

searching results

For example, I need tickets from Moscow to Sochi. I fill out the form, click "Find" and get the result in the form of a list of flights with prices. For example, I chose Moscow-Sochi and back; there on the 1st of August, back on the 8th of August. The cheapest option from the proposed - 10151r from Pobeda. In the search results there are filters on the left, where you can choose a direct flight or with a transfer, select specific airlines, the interval for the departure time, the maximum travel time (a handy thing for filtering too long flights, remember it).

Search results page

Search results page

For each ticket option there are links: under the price on the right - to the agency (or airline) in which you can buy a ticket, under it a tick "Real time" - means that the price is relevant right now. There are options that the price was updated so many hours ago. Below we see links to other agencies selling these tickets and on the left you can click More and see all the information about the selected ticket option.

Flight Information

Flight Information

Flight Information

Clicking More, see all the details of the flight, as well as in which agencies what prices are on the tickets.
You can buy or at the agency, or in the airline. But the latter is not always offered. For example, in the case of Victory Skyscanner offers, you yourself see the link to it in the screenshot, and not just to the ticket agencies.

Full round trip information

Full round trip information

Ticket purchase

After finding the desired flight go onlink to the agency or airline where you can book a plane ticket. There, the actions are simple - filling out the first and last names, the choice of food and baggage (if any), and payment by credit card (compilation of travel maps). By the way, in some agencies there is still an opportunity to pay for a ticket with electronic money or cash in an office or salon of communication, for example, in Euroset or Connected. The option of paying in the office is more relevant for Moscow, because most of the offices are there. But when buying on the airline's website, most likely, there will be no payment options at all, and they will offer to pay only with a bank card.

Before paying, make sure that you read the rules for returning tickets (usually cheap tickets are non-refundable), baggage rules (right here I have a little about it), chose food and places (if there is such an option).

Remember, it’s not necessary to switch from Skyscanneron the websites of agencies and book a plane ticket. If the link to the airline is not specified, you can manually find its website (we know its name from the “Flight Information”), and check the price on the desired date, it is different or not, and choose where it is cheaper.

Useful features for travelers

Search for tickets in the Price Calendar

A very handy thing about Skyscanner is the calendar.prices. Everyone knows that ticket prices can vary greatly within neighboring days, let alone a whole month, so I’m generally silent. Often, our departure is not tied to a specific date, so you can pre-select the day that suits us most according to different criteria. You can choose a month or a whole year. The calendar can be used both for one way flights and for round trips, it works in the same way.

Let's try to find a flight to Sochi with the help of the Calendar functionality. Similarly, we take the month of August, but we will watch the prices for the whole month at once.

Flexible search

Flexible search

Since we chose back and forth, the CalendarIt shows us two blocks of prices at once. Two price blocks (“Departure” and “Round trip”) and both for the month of August, as we chose. The bottom block is not very well named "There and back", in fact it is a return ticket.

Price table for the month

Price table for the month

Please note you can see the resultssearch in the format of "Table" (I like most), or in the form of "Calendar". But the prices are the same, the difference is only in the visual display.

Calendar of prices for the month

Calendar of prices for the month

Having poked a little on different numbers, I chose 16August and 23 August. Both days are Sunday, that is, not much has changed and I will also stay in Sochi for a week (the last time I looked for on August 1 and 8, it was Saturdays). Now the ticket costs already 8600 rubles (remember, when specifying exact dates, the price was 10151 rubles). The savings are kind of small, but if you have a family of 5 people, then it will be noticeable. And if you fly somewhere in Asia, where a ticket is 5 times more expensive, then the savings can be corresponding.

As can be seen in the screenshot, you can and lower prices.choose, but tickets will be on weekdays. If you are not interested in the day of the week, you can always check and choose the cheapest option. And, pay attention, when you change the day of departure in the calendar, then the price of a return ticket, in the lower block, also change.

Select departure date back and forth in the price table

Select departure date back and forth in the price table

Search for tickets by destination (country)

In addition to the calendar, Skyscanner has otheropportunities, for example, search at once in several cities. For example, you can set up a search for tickets Moscow-Germany. This function is convenient to use in cases where the arrival city is not important. Suppose a route is planned for Europe, and it does not matter if you travel from Berlin or Düsseldorf. And you can, on the contrary, sharpen the entire route for specific tickets.

Search for tickets by destination

Search for tickets by destination

After clicking the "Find" button, we immediately see which cities in Germany for the selected number are the cheapest tickets and which airlines. Now it remains only to choose the city of arrival, for example, Berlin.

Choice of destination and price

Choice of destination and price

P.S. Cheap all tickets and good travel!

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