Finally feeling like I’m getting my head above water, so expect a few new App reviews over the next couple of days. I’ve been playing around with the updated Blippr, Summly and other assorted grammatically challenged Apps but first I’m going to share my thoughts on the updated Skyscanner App.
Skyscanner, if you don’t know already, is an Edinburgh based search engine for flights across all airline websites and helps you find the best price/ route that suits you. The App was updated in mid December and is optimised for the iPhone 5 however it works perfectly well, with a little less functionality, on the iPhone 4/ 4S and is now available in 27 languages. So, let’s get testing.
So… I want to go skiing. In March. To Switzerland. And I want to fly from London City, which if you don’t know, is the world’s greatest airport. So efficient! Just a shame that it’s fairly limited in terms of destinations. As you can see, all I need to do is insert where I want to fly from, where I want to go to, and within a few seconds Skyscanner is able to bring up the latest prices and times from all airlines that service the route in question.
And wait, there’s more. The above functionality is pretty basic and minimal however the below functionality allows you to add a few filters to your selection. So if you’re going long haul, you can minimise length of waiting between connections, select times of the day that suit you and if you’ve had a bad experience with an airline previously, filter them out of the search results.
Once you’ve selected your desired flight, just confirm your details and complete your transaction. And I feel I should reiterate the speed of the service. Look at the times of the screenshots. Seriously, 3 minutes from loading up the Skyscanner App to purchase. Pretty sweet eh? And perfect if you’re on the go. Some people might like the misery of trawling websites for flights. Not me. Some people might even like spending hours waiting for Travelsupermarket.com search results to load up. Again, not for me.
So, in conclusion, I really recommend this App. It’s really fast, clear and simple. The layout is easy on the eye however the only negative point is that once you’ve selected your flight, you have to conduct the transaction via the Airline’s own website. In this above example, I chose to fly with Swiss Air however as Swiss Air’s website is not optimised for mobile devices, you’ll need to pinch and poke on your screen to complete your transaction. But you can’t blame Skyscanner for that. Can you?