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(Hat Tip to Paul for finding this CN Traveler article)
Good morning everyone, I just learned about a new search engine for finding cheap flights. But there is a catch… you usually end up with a
long really long layover/stopover at 1 or more airports. According to the article: “Launched last month by students at Harvard Business School, the new site searches routes to and from the world’s 500 largest airports—in Europe and beyond—to ‘combine two round trip tickets from non-partner airlines to find the cheapest fares.’ ” Some people might see layovers/stopovers as a waste of time, while others see it as an added bonus where they can explore the city for a few hours/days. Without further ado, let me show you how CleverLayover works…
Enter your round trip flight details into the search box. As of right now, you can only search for round trip flights, no one ways or multi-city searches.
The search engine will search for all possible routes between the airports. Sometimes it will mix and match different airlines and throw in a couple layovers/stopovers into the results.
For my first search, I looked at Dallas (DFW) to Tokyo (NRT). CleverLayover found a few flights for $1,333 with 42+ hour flight/travel durations for both directions.
The cheapest option on Kayak was $1,410 with much shorter flight durations.
For my second search, I looked at New York (JFK) to London (LHR). CleverLayover found a few options for $978 with a very long layover in Copenhagen (CPH) and a shorter layover in Oslo (OSL).
On Kayak, the cheapest option was $1,206 for a “Hacker Fare” (outbound on 1 airline and the inbound on another airline). In this example, CleverLayover saved me around $228 and gave me a few hours to explore Copenhagen and Oslo.
For my third search, I looked at flights from Los Angeles (LAX) to London (LHR). Since there are many, many possible routes between these 2 cities, I had to end the search early since it was taking too long, but the cheapest option I found was $1,120 on Aeroflot with long layovers in Moscow, Russia.
By comparison, Kayak found the same route. Sometimes CleverLayover will find you big savings and sometimes it will spend several minutes looking and not find you any savings.
Unfortunately, sometimes CleverLayover stops searching and gets stuck on a random airport. This happened a few times to me…
So will I use CleverLayover in the future? Sure, a quick search could result in some interesting findings with a long layover in a city I want to spend a few hours in. The worst thing that can happen is that the search engine won’t find you anything cheaper or more exciting than your basic ITA or Google Flights search engine. So what do you have to lose? Check out CleverLayover today!
If you have any questions, please leave a comment below. Have a great day everyone!