Thursday, April 9th, 2015 - NewsMaker
Planning a trip is meant to be exciting with a focus on the destination and adventures that await. Too often, however, the tedium and complexity of finding the best flights and hotels take the joy out of travel before the trip even begins. Starting today, is changing that for Canadians. We have reengineered our site from the ground up to make travel search simple again.

With 40 per cent of Canadians reporting they find themselves frustrated by overly complicated technology at least once a week and 57 per cent saying they have sworn off a website or mobile app because it is too complicated or annoying(1), the time has come to put the focus back on what works best for the user. Enter and its new, straightforward design focused on making it fast and easy to find the flights and hotels that best fit your needs.

With, simply plug in your destination and dates, and we will serve up the full array of flights from airlines and online travel agencies in one search. However, unlike other travel search sites, we make it clear from the get go which flights are cheapest, quickest and overall smartest value (best balance of time and cost) and keep those options top of mind (and page) as you filter based on the details that matter to you like departure time or airline. Because we work with both airlines and travel agents, we can pair up different airlines on the outbound and return, and our clean design makes it easy to see key information like length of layover or the prices from different booking agents.

Our hotel search is also easy to navigate with handy features like a simple popularity index that tells you what the reservation levels are for hotels in the market during the time of your potential visit. It's an easy way to avoid peak travel times if you are flexible. Added perks include a deals filter that selects hotels offering discounts and an integrated search feature for comparing apartments and hostels alongside hotels and resorts. We also show pricing from multiple sources, including the hotel itself in many cases.

And, of course, no modern traveller wants to be left without an equally compelling experience while on the go. The site delivers its new travel search and full array of expert advice and content to mobile users with a responsive design that adjusts to whatever screen size you are using. And the Cheapflights App brings simple travel search to Canadians using iPhones, iPads and Android phones.

"As the pioneers of online travel price comparison, Cheapflights has always made connecting travellers with travel deals its core mission," said Samantha Otter, head of customer communications for Cheapflights. "With the new, we are now giving Canadians a travel search experience that is as simple as it is effective. From a focus on clean design that makes it fast and easy to find the right flight or hotel for you to plans for added features that make finding and planning trips tailored to your needs, is ushering in a new era for travel search -- one built around simplicity."

A deeper dive into Simple Travel from

In reengineering our travel search, we put the focus on what matters to the traveller. First and foremost, we set out to offer a straightforward design. We can deliver thousands of options for travel on any given date so it was imperative we make the results uncluttered and easy to understand. From our clear search box and intuitive calendar to our easy-to-read-and-sort results, we make it fast and easy to get started.

Want to dive a little deeper? No problem. Start with our Smart Value feature. Most travellers want to balance cost and travel time when selecting a flight. Right up top, we show you the differences between the cheapest, quickest and Smart Value options. You can sort by any of the options, even if you start to filter your results by airline, departure times or total travel time. And, if you've found your ideal outbound flight, simply click on it. We will offer to show you all the return options paired with that flight. Wondering about baggage charges and other fees? Click on the more information logo for any flight and see details on what the airline charges.

As you explore the new you will pick up on our commitment to being informative at every turn. Look for detailed destination guides with everything from local weather to the typical price of a beer and even the price for flights other travellers have found from various Canadian departure points. Or read our steady stream of expert advice and travel stories.

Since travel planning (and even dreaming) can happen anytime, anywhere, we have made the mobile experience a priority. Our site works seamlessly on any size screen, but we also have downloadable apps focused on flight search. Built with a straightforward, uncluttered interface, the mobile app packs in plenty of useful information, with its own Smart Value feature and additional information about airfares across different travel dates. And it's all designed specifically for mobile phone and tablet users, complete with hand offs to booking partners ready for mobile transactions.

From the app to the desktop to deals, creating a personalized experience matters too. From options to set your favourite airport on your phone to pinning or sharing the flights that you are considering to filtering your results by the airline(s) you like best, we are making it easier to tailor travel search to your needs. We even deliver deals regularly through our newsletters to hundreds of thousands of Canadians matched to when, where and how they like to travel. And we will keep pushing ahead in this area.

And like real estate, travel is inherently local. That is why is all about travel for Canadians. We work with local airline and travel agent partners and focus our deals, advice and destination suggestions and information around the needs of Canadian travellers.

Even with that local focus, we are able to deliver an exhaustive list of travel options on both the flights and hotels fronts as we tap global data sources and work directly with hundreds of travel partners.

About, part of the Momondo Group
Momondo Group is an online travel media and technology company that is driven by the belief that an open world is a better world. The group now serves travel search and inspiration to more than 17.5 million visitors a month -- plus 7 million travel newsletter subscribers -- via its Cheapflights ( and momondo ( brands.

Skygate began the sourcing of complex air-travel data in 1992, while Cheapflights pioneered the online comparison of flight deals for users in 1996 and momondo launched meta-search in the Nordic countries in 2006.

The Group has offices in London, Copenhagen and Boston with a consumer base across more than 30 core international markets but users all over the world.

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