We’re headed to NZ on a roadtrip and as usual, we’ve begun to scout out the best flight options. After 3 weeks of late night searches I remembered I’d heard of a new company called Flightfox. Flightfox has a brilliant idea. Flight experts from all over the world compete to bring you the best price on a flight.
Sounds too good to be true?
In the name of science we’re giving it a try. We need tickets for NZ and we’re about a month away from our departure which is usually when we book flights.
I follow the instructions and create a ‘contest’ where I’ll answer a few questions and enter my flight details.
Next I have the option to select how much I’ll pay the experts a fee to do the searching for me. I can spend up to $60 on fees. This may seem like too much, but when you see how much money you can save it might not seem as steep.
Your search can last up to 3 days and all the while you’ll receive updates on new flights that are found for you. You can leave questions for the experts searching for your flight (see above photo).
The only catch is: YOU have to then book your own flight.
This can be an inconvenience when say, you’re not checking your email and you get an update. Its possible that by the time you’re online that flight you wanted is sold out or at a different price. After you’ve booked your flight, you pay the helping expert his/her fee and hopefully you’ve saved some money!
Final results for our contest- Flying from Cairns, QLD to Christchurch, NZ
We had 5 people submit flights for us to review. The problem was, they were giving us the same numbers we had already found ourselves. Nothing cheaper. Also, the first day of the contest, it was erroneously finished. After contacting the Flightfox team the situation was quickly remedied and a new contest was started. I don’t think this harmed the search at all. However, I really thought one of those flight experts could have found a flight to beat what we had found already and it never happened.
My thoughts on this service: it is a good idea, but it needs some work. In our case, and with our restrictions, we were limited. The major problem was finding cheap flights from Cairns to Sydney since it was cheaper to fly to Christchurch from Sydney. If I paid for a service hoping to acquire a cheap flight, and I don’t, I’m going to end up disappointed.
Of course airline flight prices fluctuate and we gave our contest the maximum of 3 days to give our search as much time as was allowed. The very last flight that came in was $100 cheaper but the dates were way off. The flight experts for the most part were polite and one even shared a memory of himself with his wife in New Zealand. Seemingly nice people that tried their best and we appreciated it.
Hopefully more flight experts will join Flightfox and in the future there will be better prices. We did check out some other contests, and some seemed to be saving quite a bit of money. Shame it could not have worked out for us.
We do recommend that you try Flightfox out for yourself though. You might get fantastic results. We will be using Flightfox again in the future ourselves. You never know when you might get lucky.
How about taking 25% off your first contest? Click here to use this discount and share the savings!
*We were given a free contest in exchange for our opinion on Flightfox but all views are definitely my own.