Hip­munk.com has joined the ranks of pop­u­lar air­fare search en­gines

Truro Daily News - - Destinations - BY ARTHUR FROMMER

Most users of the in­ter­net make use of Momondo, Air­fare­watch­dog, Cheapoair or a dozen other pop­u­lar search en­gines to find the least ex­pen­sive ticket for their next flight.

Of these, Momondo has been fre­quently cited — as it is on From­mers.com — as hav­ing an out­stand­ing record in com­ing up with the most fre­quent air bar­gains.

A Dan­ish firm head­quar­tered in Copen­hagen, Momondo claims that it is just as ef­fec­tive in find­ing low-priced U.S. air tick­ets as its U.s.-based com­peti­tors.

But I also re­cently have be­come fa­mil­iar with the air­fare prow­ess of a web­site called Hip- munk.com, and urge its use by cost-con­scious trav­ellers.

Like most of the oth­ers, it main­tains an eas­ily-un­der­stood pat­tern of dis­clo­sure that is im­pres­sive in­deed. And its per­son­nel is of­ten avail­able to make pre­dic­tions of fares that will come down in the fu­ture.

That abil­ity is es­pe­cially im­por­tant for Amer­i­cans want­ing ad­vice on when they should pur­chase air­line tick­ets for use dur­ing hol­i­day pe­ri­ods like Thanks­giv­ing, Christ­mas and New Year’s.

On the ra­dio pro­gram “The Frommer’s Travel Show,” we re­cently in­ter­viewed Adam Gold­stein, the CEO of Hip­munk, as to when bar­gain-seek­ers could ob­tain the low­est airfares for travel dur­ing those traf­fic-heavy pe­ri­ods.

Gold­stein’s fore­cast? For Thanks­giv­ing flights, pur­chase your tick­ets dur­ing the first week of Oc­to­ber. They will sharply rise in price af­ter that time, he said. For Christ­mas and/or New Year’s flights, he con­tin­ued, pur­chase your tick­ets dur­ing the week be­gin­ning Oct. 15. Do not wait longer than that, he cau­tioned.

Per­haps you, too, will be­come ac­cus­tomed to us­ing Hip­munk along with Momondo. Arthur Frommer is the pioneer­ing founder of the Frommer’s Travel Guide book se­ries. He co-hosts the ra­dio pro­gram, The Travel Show, with his travel cor­re­spon­dent daugh­ter Pauline Frommer. Find more des­ti­na­tions on­line and read Arthur Frommer’s blog at from­mers.com.

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