FlightFox is a unique flight search tool that lets users tap into the knowledge of travel experts. The user can enter trip details, including departure date, city or airport of origin, destination, return date and any stops in additional cities. The user selects a finder’s fee from those offered. A more complex trip should include a higher finder’s fee option. Submitting the form will create a new contest that is presented to FlightFox’s flight experts. Experts can begin scouring various resources and using their knowledge to locate the best flight options for the user. The user can see all flight options and choose one as the winner. The flight can be booked directly through the website. The user can spend a little money to potentially save a lot of money on airfare.
FlightFox was designed to assist users with complex travel needs. The application has already caught the attention of a number of blogs and websites, which featured it as a unique way to make travel plans. The service isn’t quite mainstream yet, with a number of other well-known online travel resources eclipsing it. That might remain the case because FlightFox caters to users with advanced travel plans that often include multiple stops and unique requirements.
In May 2012, FlightFox announced that they had received a $800,000 funding.
Any web search for the word “flights” will generate a number of results. Many offer the same search function that let users locate flights with a self-service series of questions. FlightFox takes many of those same inquiries, but adds an expert touch. Users can access the knowledge of many expert flight finders by submitting their travel needs to FlightFox. Real experts access the contest and can submit their suggestions, earning a finder’s fee and helping the user plan their next journey.
FlightFox has a subtly personal appearance that looks professional but still makes the user feel right at home. The interface is clean and well-organized with a modern style throughout. Flights are listed in simple columns with all the basic information. Elegant cursive fonts and small flag icons add flavor to the experience without distracting the user. FlightFox offers a unique service with a practical interface that doesn’t leave the user wanting more.
A new user can begin by clicking the orange “Start Here!” button on the FlightFox homepage. The next page asks for the user’s flight information, including to and from airports, departure and return dates, number of travelers, flight preferences and any flexibility details. The user also adds their email address and a password before submitting the form. The next step asks the user to choose their finder’s fee. The user must provide their billing information after selecting a finder’s fee.
FlightFox suggests that the user offer a finder’s fee to entice experts. A new user has three options when creating a new flight search contest. The first is a trial, which is free but includes no expert results. This is intended strictly for trying out the FlightFox platform. The Simple finder’s fee is intended for domestic or international single leg coach flight and costs $29. The Complex finder’s fee costs $49 and features custom flights from $49 to $999 that include multiple cities and premium flights.
FlightFox is ideal for travelers with complex requirements for their flights. The application works best for business travelers or anyone who is going on a long distance trip with multiple stops. Users with very simple travel needs, such as a flight to one destination, are not encouraged to use FlightFox. The finder’s fee is extraneous for a basic travel itinerary. Users who are planning a long, complicated journey, on the other hand, can benefit from the expertise of FlightFox’s community.