Get Fare Predictions and Buy Flights on Your Phone With Hopper

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Fare predictions are the latest airline industry trend.  Google Flights and Kayak Flights already have them built into their web searches.  And now there’s Hopper, an app that helps you decide when to purchase your flights. 
Hopper Is a New Fare Prediction App for Folks Who Like to Search for Flights on Their Phone

I’ll show you how it works!

Search for Flights Through the Hopper App

Link:   Hopper for iOS

Link:   Hopper for Android

You can already search for flights on your phone with Google Flights and Kayak Flights as mobile webpages.  But now there’s Hopper, a dedicated app to search for and find the best price on flights.

Hopper also recommends when to purchase your flight to get the best price.  You can monitor the flight search.  And get a notification when the price drops!

This is convenient for those of y’all who like to shop on your phone!

How to Use Hopper

Let’s see how it works.

Step 1.   Begin Your Search

Depending on what device you have, download Hopper for iOS or Android.

Tell Hopper Where You Want to Visit

You can begin your search right away after you download the app.  I searched for flights from Orlando to San Francisco.

Scroll Through the Calendar to Find the Cheapest Dates

On the next screen, you’ll immediately get an idea of prices.  For the route I chose, Hopper let me know I could expect to pay between ~$260 and ~$320 round-trip in coach.  Right away, you get useful information.

In the example above, if you want to travel in April 2017, your best bet is to travel the first or second week of April.  So you’ll get the best deal if you’re flexible around those dates.

Step 2.   Choose Your Dates

When you settle on a time you want to travel, touch the start and end dates on your phone screen.

Touch Your Dates and Run Your Search

Then tap “Select These Dates” to search.

Step 3.   Get a Recommendation to Buy or Wait

On the next screen, Hopper will say to buy your trip now or wait for a better fare.

Get a Recommendation on Whether to Wait or Buy Your Tickets Immediately

If it says, “You should book now,” select “Shop Flights” to move forward with choosing a schedule to compare prices.

Shop For Flights Based on Price, Times, or Number of Stops

You can use the filters at the top to arrange results based on price, times, or how many stops are involved.

It’s easy to select flights.  Just touch the departing and return flight that fits your times the best.

You Can Pay for Your Flights Through the App

On the final screen, tap “Choose Travelers & Payment” to purchase your ticket.

From there, you can enter your passenger information and credit card details to book your trip.

Step 4.   If You Wait, You Can Watch Your Flight

I checked another route to see if I should buy or wait.

Hopper Says to Wait to Buy This Trip to Cancun!

For Chicago to Cancun in early April, Hopper advised me to wait for a better price.  In that case, you can click “Watch This Trip” to receive an alert on your phone when the price drops.

That’s a neat feature!  If your dates are set, but you still have a while before your trip, you might decide to wait to catch a lower fare.  In which case, you’d save some money on a trip you were going to buy anyway!

Get Price Predictions and Tips

Two other things I liked about Hopper are their specific fare predictions.  And money-saving tips. 

Hopper Gives You Some Pricing Analysis

The dates for price changes are very specific.  Hopper will let you know when ticket prices are expected to go up or down.  And how much you can save by waiting (or purchasing a seat now)!

Touch “See Tips” to learn more about how to save on the route you chose.

See If You Can Save Even More by Flying Out of a Different Airport. Or Selecting Different Dates.

Hopper will tell you if there are similar dates with lower prices.  Or if you can do better by flying from another area airport.

Both of these are interesting for the specific data.  And helpful to save you money!

Are There Drawbacks?

Even though you can see when a fare is expected to change, it’s not a guarantee.

That said, you might be willing to wait to purchase a fare if it will save you money.  Especially if it’s for a fun trip you want to take but don’t necessarily have to take.

But if your dates are firm, you risk losing a seat on the flights you want by waiting.  So while Hopper’s advice is very helpful, it’s best if you have some flexibility.

Hopper Charges a $5 Commission

And on the final payment screen, I noticed there was an extra $5 added to the ticket price. 

Whether You Pay the $5 Commission or Not Is up to You

This is Hopper’s commission.  It’s misleading because it’s built-in to the ticket prices displayed when you search.

I’d be more inclined to pay it if it were more transparent up front.  Or if there were an option to add a donation as a way of saying “thanks,” instead of having it included automatically.

Of course, you can always take the flight information you found and purchase your tickets directly from the airlines.  Or on another site.  But it’s up to you if you want to pay the $5 fee to book through Hopper.

Bottom Line

Hopper is a fun way to search for flights and get fare predictions on your phone.  It’s currently available for iOS or Android devices.

The app gives helpful information about specific routes.  And tips on how to save more money on your tickets.

Keep in mind they charge a $5 commission to book a flight through the app, though.  And it’s built into all the ticket prices you find.

Google Flights and Kayak Flights also have fare predictions as part of their services.  But I thought Hopper’s were very specific and useful.

I also like how you can get notifications on your phone when a fare drops, which is a handy addition.  But I’m not sure if I’d pay the $5 fee!

Have you used Hopper to buy flights?  I’d love to hear your opinions!

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