Hopper app for flight prices

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1. Posted by bex76 (Moderator 3951 posts) 3w Star this if you like it!

I've recently come across a mobile phone app called Hopper which monitors flight prices and advises whether you should book now or if you should wait because the flight price is likely to come down. The app seems to get good reviews but I haven't got proper first- hand experience of it yet; I'm currently monitoring a flight which I was going to book for January to the Philippines and the app has told me to wait as the price should come down.

Has anyone got any experience of this app?

2. Posted by BeateR (Budding Member 43 posts) 3w Star this if you like it!

I would not need such an app to forecast that. It is absolutely normal that the flight prices in the beginning are high. They come down about half a year before the flight.

Beate

3. Posted by bex76 (Moderator 3951 posts) 3w Star this if you like it!

That's not always the case in my experience. Demand will often determine whether airlines lower or raise prices for a particular flight and that information isn't something that customers would be able to see.

[ Edit: Edited on 27-May-2019, at 17:26 by bex76 ]

4. Posted by road to roam (Travel Guru 239 posts) 3w Star this if you like it!

Aside from this being an app how does it differ from "fare alerts" that many booking sites provide?

5. Posted by bex76 (Moderator 3951 posts) 3w Star this if you like it!

The app predicts whether the fare will go up or down and when, whereby a fare alert just tells you when it's happened. So the app says, for example, 'this fare is likely to drop as low as £491 in the coming weeks so you should wait'. Or, 'you should book now as this fare will not go any lower'. The search sites that I use (momondo and skyscanner) do not do this.

6. Posted by road to roam (Travel Guru 239 posts) 3w Star this if you like it!

I seem to remember (bleems and yonks ago) sidestep.com used to have a similar prediction tool. I believe sidestep was consumed by kayak, or morphed into kayak?

[ Edit: Edited on 27-May-2019, at 19:32 by road to roam ]

7. Posted by ToddP (Moderator 203 posts) 3w Star this if you like it!

Quoting bex76

The app predicts whether the fare will go up or down and when, whereby a fare alert just tells you when it's happened. So the app says, for example, 'this fare is likely to drop as low as £491 in the coming weeks so you should wait'. Or, 'you should book now as this fare will not go any lower'. The search sites that I use (momondo and skyscanner) do not do this.

No app can predict this for sure. The reason why more trustworthy sites (like Skyscanner) do not "offer" this kind of service as the possibility to predict pricing increases/decreases by a third party is close to zero. I am working in airline revenue management field. Only the airline (ie revenue management team), who has full visibility of their seat availability and booking pattern can 'predict' this for you.

8. Posted by road to roam (Travel Guru 239 posts) 3w 1 Star this if you like it!

Quoting ToddP

No app can predict this for sure.

Are any predictions ever for sure? I'd prefer a price alert, KNOWING the price has indeed dropped.

9. Posted by bex76 (Moderator 3951 posts) 3w Star this if you like it!

Hopper's website claims "Book at exactly the right time. Hopper predicts prices with 95% accuracy up to 1 year in advance. No ads, no spam, no stress — just accurate predictions and the easiest way to book and save."

I guess they must be getting their information from somewhere - maybe monitoring trends from previous years?

10. Posted by ToddP (Moderator 203 posts) 3w Star this if you like it!

Quoting bex76

Hopper's website claims "Book at exactly the right time. Hopper predicts prices with 95% accuracy up to 1 year in advance. No ads, no spam, no stress — just accurate predictions and the easiest way to book and save."

I guess they must be getting their information from somewhere - maybe monitoring trends from previous years?

Intelligent guesswork, but nothing too much on a high accuracy rate as this just not possible.