In short, this is similar to Kayak. You input your location, your destination, dates and you get a confidence score. This score will let you know if you should buy or not buy a ticket. It will also let you know if it is a good price or not.
Enter the Hopper
I have a habit of downloading every new, free app I hear about and then promptly deleting it afterwards so it doesn’t hog up precious space on my phone. Although he Hopper travel app came out earlier in 2015, I did not hear about it until it was almost summer. I quickly downloaded it, excited to try it out and compare it to manually working flight via the ITA Matrix. Unfortunately, I already had a lot of flights booked and of course, I deleted the app.
And then promptly forgot about it until today.
What Is It?
Directly from the Hopper’s mouth:
Flight pricing is highly complex and opaque, and travelers often don’t have the information they need to get the best deals on flights.
The Hopper app for Android and iOS provides insightful, data-driven research to help travelers make better decisions about where to go and when to fly and buy.
At Hopper, we use data sets comprising billions of flight prices to help travelers find the right destination for their budget and feel confident that they’re getting the best possible deal. We notify app users when prices for their flights are at their predicted lowest points.Hopper
Yeah, I know. Airline ticket price prediction models are about as old as a Drake Hotline Bling meme. By the way, The Cosby Show theme, Rugrats, Pizza Delivery and tennis player memes are hilarious.
Okay, where was I? Oh yeah. So yes, there are a treasure trove of price prediction models out there by companies such as the aforementioned Kayak, but there is also FareCompare and Priceline. The company touts that “nobody wants to find out their plane ticket cost twice as much as the person next to them. Buying your ticket at the right time can save you upwards of 40%.” That makes complete sense to me.
How the Bunny Saves You Money
I should mention that subtitle came directly from their site. Shout out to Patrick Surry. What makes the Hopper travel app so specials is that they have identified that the price will drop at some point before departure for two out of three flight searches. They have also identified that booking too far in advance can be counter-productive as airlines price moderately at first before moving the price around to find a sweet spot (see full blog post here).
Here are some interesting facts from their website:
For most trips, prices do start trending upward several months before departure, and rise rapidly as as you get close to the departure date. We’ll let you know before it happens.
By notifying you when there’s a good price – or even better, a flash sale! – you can be confident booking without worrying that you paid too much.
Don’t Take My Word For It
Try it out for yourself and see what you find. You might be surprised. I honestly have not had a chance to try it out, but it is on my to-do list. If my work decides to move some projects around and give me the availability to move about the country, I will put this app through its paces on a scheduled trip and on a mileage run and see how much I can save.
In the meantime, you can visit the Hopper Research page. It has a lot of great information and will provide you with a more detailed analysis of pricing models based on current market trends.
My questions to you. Have you had any experience with the Hopper travel app? How did it go? Do you think it is better than the competition? How much did you save?