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Skyscanner vs Google Flights: Which should you turn to first?

Discover how Skyscanner and Google Flights compare and contrast.

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Skyscanner and Google Flights are household names, with the former established in 2004 while the latter was founded in 2011. Apart from birthdates, is there a difference between them and which should you make your go-to when on the hunt for cheap flights?

Use the handy table below to see how they compare.

TL;DR: Our verdict

The winner: Skyscanner. There’s so little between these two worldwide travel search engines but Skyscanner compares more travel elements, such as car rental prices, and overall pulled up a cheaper fare in our like-for-like price search. It also sends deals newsletters and owns a blog which provides you with tips and tricks for getting the most out of your trip.


Skyscanner vs Google Flights

FeatureSkyscannerGoogle FlightsThe winner
What can I book?
  • Flights
  • Hotels
  • Car rental
  • Train tickets (app only)
  • Flights
  • Hotels
  • Train tickets
Skyscanner
Can I price match?No.No.Both
Is there an installment or payment plan?No.No.Both
Any booking fees?No.No.Both
Is there online chat?No.No.Both
Is there a loyalty scheme?No.No.Both
What are my payment options?Skyscanner doesn’t accept direct bookings.

It forwards you onto a third-party website where payment options vary.

Google Flights doesn’t accept direct bookings.

It forwards you onto a third-party website with various payment options.

Both
Can I book round the world fares?No.No.Both
Can I book multi-city fares?Yes.Yes.Both
Any features to find the best price?
  • Price alerts
  • Ability to view the cheapest prices of the month
  • Search for flights to “everywhere” at best-priced fares
  • Price alerts
  • Destination map with flight price updates in real time
  • Price graph
Both
BookSearch for your flight with SkyscannerSearch for your flight with Google Flights

Which finds you the cheapest fare?

Skyscanner and Google Flights are both aggregators, but they can pull up different fares depending on which sites they draw their prices from. To see which finds the cheaper fares, we make a like-for-like search with both.

We chose the same flight route and dates and hit the search button. Here’s what we found:

The verdict: In this sample flight-price test, Skyscanner listed the lowest price for the same return flight $73 cheaper.

This is due to the wider breath of sources Skyscanner drew from compared to Google Flights.

Skyscanner searched 62 different airline providers and produced 1,231 results, while Google Flights produced 270 results and did not list the number of airline providers searched. Curious to see how much your next trip can cost?

Search for fares through Skyscanner below:


Which offers a wider range of airlines?

Both Skyscanner and Google Flights compare the prices of thousands of airlines worldwide.

The verdict: Both are neck-and-neck in this department.


Any other differences worth noting?

Google Flights has a reputation for being super-fast, and while using the sites ourselves, the speed at which it returns flight options is phenomenal compared to Skyscanner.

Google Flights also offers information such as how often certain flights are delayed and whether taxes or baggage are included in the displayed price. It also offers real-time data search while Skyscanner’s data is cached so the price you see initially might not be the current price when you get to the booking page.


What are deals like?

Google Flights doesn’t have its own deals section, it relies on its search functionality to show users the cheapest deals from third parties.

On the other hand, Skyscanner goes further to tell its customers the lowest prices from third parties, either by search or by newsletter. It also owns a blog which provides you with hot tips on how to score cheap flights and travel.

The verdict: Skyscanner publicizes the deals of third parties better than Google Flights.


Who won: Skyscanner or Google Flights?

Skyscanner takes out this round with its ability to compare more travel elements, including car rental, which Google Flights does not. It also came up a fair bit cheaper in a like-for-like search.

Google Flights’ strengths lie in its faster search and ability to deliver real-time flight prices so there are no surprises from search to the booking page.


Top Skyscanner and Google Flights deals

SkyscannerSkyscanner

Canada flights from $27 each way

Available on select dates until December 2021 to Winnipeg, Toronto, Edmonton, Victoria, Montreal and more. Sample fare is Vancouver-Calgary with WestJet. T&Cs apply.

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SkyscannerSkyscanner

New Zealand flights from $1,094 return

Available on select flight dates to Wellington, Christchurch, Queenstown and more. Sample fare is Vancouver-Auckland with Cathay Pacific. Other airlines include Air New Zealand and more. T&Cs apply.

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Deal ends

SkyscannerSkyscanner

Canada-wide flights from $95 each way

Available on Air Canada flights until November 2021 to Toronto, Edmonton and more. Sample fare is Calgary-Vancouver. T&Cs apply.

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SkyscannerSkyscanner

Air New Zealand: Auckland flights from $1,569 return

Available for flights from July - August 2021. Sample fare departs from Vancouver with Air New Zealand.

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SkyscannerSkyscanner

Flights to Victoria from $64 each way

Available on select flight dates with WestJet. Sample fare is Calgary-Victoria. Other flights depart from Edmonton, Vancouver, Kelowna and more. T&Cs apply.

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Deal ends

SkyscannerSkyscanner

Vancouver flights from $45 each way

Available on flights in 2021. Sample fare is Toronto-Vancouver with Flair Airlines. Other flights depart from Edmonton, Calgary, Ottawa, Winnipeg and more. T&Cs apply.

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Deal ends

SkyscannerSkyscanner

Toronto flights from $47 each way

Available on select flights in 2021 departing from Halifax, Ottawa, Vancouver, Victoria and more. Sample fare is Calgary-Toronto with Flair Airlines. Other airlines include WestJet from $96 and more. T&Cs apply.

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Deal ends

SkyscannerSkyscanner

Air Transat flights from $245 return

Available on flights in 2021 across Canada, including Montreal, Vancouver, and more. Sample fare is Toronto-Calgary. T&Cs apply.

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SkyscannerSkyscanner

Philippines flights from $659 return

Available on select travel dates in 2021. Destinations include Cebu, Iloilo and more. Sample fare is Vancouver-Manila with Air Canada and Cathay Pacific. T&Cs apply.

Last verified

Deal ends

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