Wouldn’t you love it if there was a really easy way to search for stopovers? I like the travel and being there parts the best. When it comes to planning the flights and routing, I like it best when it’s super easy to do or when someone else does it for me. And now, with AirWander, I’ve found an online tool that’s both super easy to use and does the searching and routing for me!
In my blog post on stopovers and how to use them and book them, I mentioned that I spoke with the founder of a new online tool that finds stopover flights for us. His name is Doug Deming and together with Ela Bader, their amazing creation is AirWander. I spoke with Doug for quite a while because I really wanted to understand how AirWander worked, its best uses, and since its conception a few years ago, how AirWander had improved.
I wondered if price was the underlying factor when people looked for stopovers. In other words, were people always choosing the least expensive flights. I would have thought so but Doug corrected my misconception. He said that people use stopovers for two main reasons: either to see a city they haven’t been to, or most often, to be able to have a visit with family and friends. This made sense to me. Even if a stopover added a few dollars to the cost of my flights, these two advantages would be worth the price.
Doug explained that the people using AirWander are a pretty savvy crowd. They understand what a stopover is and are generally aware of airline rules regarding stopovers. Right now, 50% of AirWander users are American. The most popular stopover destinations are New York City, Los Angeles, Reykjavik, London, Paris, and Bangkok.
When I asked Doug what differentiates AirWander from the other flight booking search engine sites, he told me that there is something called a STOPOVER ANYWHERE feature. This feature allows you to choose how many days you would like to add, and predicts the price difference of including the optimal cities on your travel route. So with AirWander, you can search using the STOPOVER feature to just add in a stopover and see which places pop up, and AirWander will pull up stopovers for you. So that’s the key. After you choose your departure and destination and a date, then the RED stopover box will appear. Basically, AirWander looks for possible stopovers routings to your final destination.
Here’s an example flight from Denver to Tokyo on February 22. Click the stopover button and see what comes up. MANY places with prices, too. So a stop in Los Angeles would decrease the price by $155 and a stop in Vancouver, BC would increase the price by $22. I’m given MANY options and AirWander did it all for me. You can see possible stopover destinations on both your outbound and inbound flights without the time consuming efforts you’d have to put in on other sites to gather all these options.
Then you click on your destination choice and the specific flights come up.
For me, using AirWander was a breeze, and I’m not as tech savvy as I could be. I have a friend who is an expert on website usability, and she gave this site a glowing review. Right now, there is no mobile app, so you’ll have to use the website on your desktop or smartphone.
I had a great time talking with Doug. Like most entrepreneurs, AirWander was built out of the frustration he had in searching and booking stopovers. His frustration turned out to be a gift for us all! AirWander is easy to use, gets you fast results, and in many cases, makes your flights even cheaper when including a stopover. It’s my go-to search engine, for sure. Who doesn’t like easy, fast, and cheap? Give AirWander a try and let me know what you think!