Skyscanner + JetHop: Helping Travellers Discover the World

Skyscanner + JetHop: Helping Travellers Discover the World

 Skyscanner API powers JetHop

Skyscanner recently partnered with new app, JetHop – a beautiful tool which makes it easier for travellers to discover beautiful destinations and book their next trip.

JetHop opted to use a combination of different Skyscannner APIs to power their tool. After having considered many different APIs they felt that the Skyscanner API was the most comprehensive and most suited to their business model.

Robi Gyorky, JetHop’s Co-Founder and CEO, commented, “Skyscanner’s affiliate solutions are some of the most powerful travel tools on the market. At JetHop we utilise multiple Skyscanner API’s and all of them deliver vast amounts of data with outstanding performance.”

“We currently use Skyscanner’s API in three key areas. The first being Discover, a tool we have created to help visitors to our site explore exciting destinations. The second is our live Flight search tool, and the third is our Hotel Search tool.”

An important aim for JetHop is to put the excitement back into travel. Their Discover tool, powered by the Skyscanner browse API, allows visitors to our site to explore and book travel to beautiful destinations they may not have even considered or known about.

 Flight search on JetHop website

In addition to being powered by the browse API, Live Flights API and Hotels, API, JetHop’s plans for the integration don’t stop there. They plan to continue the growth of their current product with a view to start offering Car Hire via the Skyscanner Car Hire API next year.

Visit our Travel APIs page to find out how we can support your business goals.

How Skyscanner became the first travel search engine to integrate with Amazon’s Echo

 Skyscanner integrates with Amazon Echo

Skyscanner has partnered with Amazon to integrate the Skyscanner flights API into Amazon’s cloud-based voice service, Alexa. This integration will allow users to ask Alexa to search Skyscanner for flight travel options, through Amazon Echo – the hands free device that connects to Alexa to provide information, answer questions, play music, read the news, and more.

Skyscanner is the first travel search engine to integrate into Alexa. The conversational search, which leads the traveller through a series of questions to guide Alexa to the proper flight pursuit, was demonstrated at the Amazon Appstore Developer Summit on November 3rd.

In the Skyscanner Future of Travel 2024 report, published in 2014, the future of mainstream intelligent technology was explored. A reference was made to a ‘digital travel buddy’ that incorporated the latest voice-and gesture control. The report predicted that travel buddies would know a traveller’s behaviour patterns enough to suggest appropriate travel or even make the booking automatically.

With a Skyscanner search through Alexa, we are another step closer to that reality. David Low, Developer Advocate and Engineer, Skyscanner remarks that, “voice integration is an important feature for the travel industry, and the digital world in general. Conversational integration is appearing in everything from wearables to cars to mobile apps, reinforcing that conversation and messaging are fast becoming mainstream. We expect voice products to be a major driver for this mainstream adoption.”

At Skyscanner we try hard to embed ourselves into new technologies as they emerge. Alexa and the Amazon Echo give us a platform to bring the digital travel buddy conversation to life.

Not quite yet available to the general public, but soon enough consumers will be able to ask Alexa to find them a flight as easily as manually searching on any mobile device.

Interested in finding out more about Skyscanner’s journey with bots and voice travel search?

Skyscanner and BA launch industry-first booking via NDC Standard

Skyscanner and BA launch industry-first booking via NDC Standard

In an industry first, British Airways is teaming up with Skyscanner to launch a new way to help customers make more informed decisions about the airline they’re flying with when they book with the airline via a travel search engine.

The first-phase trial of NDC booking begins with British Airways

The first-phase trial, which starts today, will see British Airways become the first global airline to offer tickets using the New Distribution Capability (NDC) standard, an International Air Transport Association (IATA) initiative that offers customers a more informative and flexible choice when booking airline tickets. Skyscanner is the first travel meta-search engine with the capacity to display and sell the tickets directly through its facilitated booking platform.

This new solution will enable customers to browse elements such as cabin details, baggage allowance and upgrade options.

 Skyscanner's first-phase trial of NDC booking begins with British Airways

At this stage, it will be available to customers using smartphones in the UK and through all devices in France, Germany and Switzerland.

British Airways on the move

Sara Dunham, British Airways’ head of marketing, retail and direct, said: “This partnership with Skyscanner will improve the experience for customers booking flights through travel search engines and they will be able to view more information about their flight from cabin choice to aircraft type. We all know consumers are more sophisticated and demand a more seamless experience, and this initiative lets us deliver that while still maintaining a direct relationship between the customer and British Airways. We look forward to seeing how this trial progresses.”

The future of NDC booking with Skyscanner and British Airways

Initially, the move will only apply to British Airways ticket upgrades via Skyscanner’s facilitated booking engine, but in the future the airline is aiming to offer customers the ability to buy the full range of ancillary options, such as allocated seating and additional baggage through the travel search site.

Skyscanner’s decision to choose NDC positions it as a global distribution point for advanced ticket and ancillary bookings. The travel search engine can now easily publish and process any NDC-ready provider’s tickets and ancillaries through its booking platform.

Frank Skivington, Skyscanner’s chief commercial officer, said: “Moving over to IATA’s NDC standard has been a key priority for us. We believe it represents the next generation of flexible and dynamic travel content distribution, and delivers real benefit to both the airlines and to our users. Having the ability to offer tickets plus ancillary streams means we are able to showcase the full range of products and services offered by carriers, while giving our customers more opportunity to select and buy the product that they really want throughout the comparison and shopping process”.

Want to find out more about NDC technology? Read our “Guide to NDC” made in partnership with IATA. 

Nurturing young talent through Skyscanner’s API

Nurturing young talent through Skyscanner’s API

 Hitesh and Prisha Parashar use Skyscanner Hotels API to create app for TechCrunch Disrupt 2015 Hack

A 10-year old father and daughter team used our Hotels API to create pioneering wearable app were chosen as our TechCrunch Disrupt 2015 Hack winner. 

On 19th-20th September 2015, Skyscanner for Business participated in the TechCrunch Disrupt Hackathon in San Francisco, making available our Flights, Hotels and Car Hire APIs to bright and ambitious developers looking to build new and innovative product ideas.

The Tech Crunch Disrupt Hackathon series is one of the most prestigious in the industry and in showcasing our Travel API at the event, we joined a host of other leading tech companies in providing hackers with access to data.

Competition was fierce, with 118 teams registering to make use of our APIs. Our panel were impressed by the presentations from those who had taken advantage of our data, but the standout winner was clear.

We are delighted to congratulate father and daughter team from Getaways – Hitesh and Prisha Parashar – who created an innovative wearable travel planning app, using our Hotels API to generate ‘trip experiences from your wrist’.

What makes our winning team even more special is Prisha’s age; at just ten years-old, she is a shining example of how, with ambition and drive, it’s possible to create game-changing product ideas and code to a high level despite not having years of experience or advanced training.

Prisha’s confident and inspiring product presentation was certainly enough to win the panel over, showcasing the intricacies of how the father and daughter duo had integrated our API, and aggregated it alongside user generated content from Instagram, Facebook and Twitter. In doing so, the app provides users with a full trip planning experience, including both pricing and destination content, which will eventually be available in wearable format. You can watch Prisha’s impressive presentation here.

We chatted to our winners to find out some more about the inspiration behind their product idea, how they got into coding and what their future plans are for the app:

Congratulations on being selected as our winners for Tech Crunch Disrupt Hackathon for 2015. Can you tell us some more about what Getaways app does and where your inspiration came from?

Our family vacations are nerdy and very different, since we talk a lot about the travel applications that we use, their design, interfaces, technologies and business models. When I recently got the Apple Watch and went on a vacation together to San Diego, Prisha got excited and said someone will build the best travel app for your watch. Why not us?

Getaways aims to be the most beautiful single source of real traveller media captured from across the web, delivered to the device that is closest to you when you travel. Getaways sits on top of the data that already exists with Skyscanner Hotels API and as an aggregator for user generated content buried inside applications like Instagram, Facebook and Twitter.

What influenced you to participate in the Disrupt Hackathon?

Disrupt Hackathon is a great place to meet other hackers and get exposed to new and emerging platforms. We decided to go to this together when I learnt about the #builtbygirls team coming from New York to participate in this hackathon. I imagined it would be a great experience for Prisha to be with these inspiring girls who are building great stuff.

Have you participated in many hackathons prior? If so, have you entered as a Father-Daughter team before?

Yes, two years ago we participated together in a hackathon for Alameda County. This experience with Disrupt was totally different since she has matured a lot between the ages of 8 and 10. What a difference two years make, as she participated very enthusiastically this time around and made a huge difference to where we are right now.

Why did you choose to use the Skyscanner API and what did you like most about it?

Skyscanner’s Hotels API gives us exactly what we were looking for in terms of the hotels static data and the ability to see real-time deals from multiple OTAs at the same place. It is one of the simplest and most powerful platforms for travel experiences to integrate into.

Prisha, how did you get started in developing and coding? And what do you like most about it?

It all started with MIT Scratch, attending coder dojo sessions and then I attended an all-girls summer coding school with Alexa Cafe a couple of months ago, where I finally got that confidence to design, code and ship. Coding is like solving puzzles and playing games, but these games end up with really useful apps and tools for others.

Hitesh, what advice did you give Prisha while you both were developing the idea for Getaways?

I just encouraged her to apply her own real intuitive thinking and come up with a simple and beautiful travel experience that she and her friends will enjoy too. I asked her to focus initially on what we can ship quickly and then iterate. e.g. WatchOS application will come after we have a solid iOS app in place. She had some really good observations and insights that drove the initial prototypes and design. A 10 year old thinks very differently than an adult’s conditioned brain. The purity of thinking from a 10 year old helps streamline the user experience in a totally different way.

Prisha, what advice do you have for others your age that may want to enter a hackathon, or want to try their hand at developing a start-up idea?

Don’t give up. Coding seems hard in the beginning but it becomes fun and entertaining as you get a hang of it. Work on building something useful and beautiful and people will love you and your app.

What’s next for the Father-Daughter duo and for Getaways?

We want to release Getaways to the app store and build a real business around it. As the new platforms emerge we want to be there ready to build the best travel experiences possible. Prisha has ample time to experiment and iterate before she retires!

Getaways is certainly an exciting one to look out for in the future, and highlights exactly why Skyscanner for Business continues to support motivated and creative start-ups, as we continue in our journey of powering the travel internet.

Visit our Travel APIs to find out how we can support your business goals.

Agile project management: how we deliver world class products Skyscanner style!


Taking a look at our Skyscanner for Business Travel APIs and our Analytics products, it’s easy to see the bells and whistles and the great work that comprises our innovative new solutions to power the travel internet worldwide. But how often do you stop to think about how the products we offer are created? Read on for an overview of how our finely honed dream team of experts in their fields apply agile methodology to create, validate, design, build and test new features and new products, to be part of the suite you see today.

Throughout the whole of Skyscanner, we use an agile approach to products right through the life cycle, which means getting ideas through to production and out to benefit customers as quickly as possible. The Skyscanner for Business team is no exception, and we aim to constantly tweak and innovate, building on the great products we have already available for the benefit of our partners, and for their users. We have the advantage of being part of one of the world’s top travel metasearch companies, and being able to call on the knowledge of what global travel users are looking for. Combine this with the services that Skyscanner employees work tirelessly to maintain – accurate flight quotes, honest hotels reviews, transparent and fair car hire charges – and you see the building blocks that underpin the Skyscanner for Business offering we provide.

Any feature or piece of development, no matter how big or small, starts life with ideas and with research. Each of our teams (API or White Label) has a dedicated Product Manager, whose job it is to know the market and to know what our partners and their customers want, as well as a Graphic and UX designer, who helps to translate these ideas into clean, easy-to-use functionality. We love to tweak and to play around with the fantastic products we’ve already built, and occasionally we break the rules and go in our own direction – our B2B user base has different needs to the main site and therefore our products have a different slant, but users are at the forefront of our minds whatever we do.

However, research and ideas only form part of the puzzle – where we really get the benefit of an agile approach is in being able to see how a feature performs with those we are building it for – partners and users out in the market. We are constantly trying to improve the ways in which we can do this, through early user testing, use of mock-ups, and also having top-notch metrics that lets us spot things that work well (or not so well) early.  We’re also big fans of continuous deployment and rapid delivery – or, in plain English, being able to push out new features multiple times a week to fix problems or get the newest, latest and greatest things out to customers as soon as they’re ready.

Naturally not everything goes so smoothly, so we also have systems in place to catch problems as early as possible, and in the rare case something does make it into the wild to pull it back as quickly as it emerged. Before a feature makes it out to customers, it will have been through multiple tests – both looking solely at the code for that feature, and then on to see how it works when integrated into the product. It will have been checked on a wide range of the most popular browsers, phones, tablets and desktop machines, both automatically and under the watchful eye of one of our test team. Any bug that does rear its head will find itself under the magnifying glass, for the whole team to learn why it happened, and put steps in place to stop a reoccurrence.

By using one of our products, we hope to offer partners the benefit of Skyscanner’s vast global coverage, up-to-the-minute data and travel industry experience in over 50 markets, combined with the knowledge of the B2B market that the Skyscanner for Business team has built up over its 3 year history. Our partners and their users’ needs are slightly different to Skyscanner main site, and we aim to provide solutions for both those who know what they’re looking for, and a helping hand to those seeking a little more inspiration. Any features are researched and tested before they go out, but the ultimate test is their success in the market. Our products are in use by over 300 partners worldwide.

Why not check out our blog section for ideas and inspiration on the different ways we are powering travel sites and searches around the globe.

Skyscanner powering global flight search across MSN Travel

 Skyscanner for Business and MSN travel logos

On August 1, 2015 Skyscanner began powering flight search for MSN Travel across 31 markets, and in 17 languages.

MSN needed an easy flight search solution with a comprehensive global reach met through localized, quality content. The solution needed to replace, through an invisible transition, what MSN previously offered. MSN found this solution in the Skyscanner for Business White Label offering. With the Skyscanner White LabeI, MSN was able to easily  host a fully customisable site, complete with branding and language that its users were familiar with.

The majority of the backend work produced by the Skyscanner’s White Label team was met via the ‘out of the box’ core white label offering.  However, there were a few necessities from MSN that required enhancements to the standard white label product, including accessibility features. 

The core focus from both development sides was the happiness of the user. This shared objective encouraged a valuable partnership, in which both brands were able to tap into internal expertise to bring forth ideas and approaches for performance improvements. This collaboration led to a quality accessibility feature that works for screen readers, a software program for the blind or visually impaired, and is now available as a standard feature on our white label product. Additionally, the mature standards MSN holds for security also encouraged enhancements to the white label, which we now pass on to future partners.

“Our goal when approaching an integration with a partner is to put their end user first. For MSN this required enhanced features to meet their expectations for functionality and user experience. The product that we launched made for happy users and converting users.

— — Joe Sarre, Senior Product Manager, Skyscanner

Interested in delivering a bespoke flight search service to your passengers? Find out more about Skyscanner Affiliate products now!

Skyscanner for Business + Hitlist: Opening up a World of Travel Inspiration through Browse Data

 Hitlist and Skyscanner for Business Logos

Since 2012, Skyscanner for Business has partnered with successful start-up mobile travel app, Hitlist. Through an API integration, Hitlist is able to combine Skyscanner’s powerful data technology with its own innovative platform, creating an inspirational trip planning tool.

Skyscanner for Business’s bespoke data and Hitlist’s pioneering and user-friendly platform work hand-in-hand by pulling data from the Skyscanner Browse Grid API to scan recent flight data and score flights via a proprietary algorithm that classifies each as ‘good’, ‘great’, or ‘spectacular’. Hitlist then displays selected information to users in the app based on their personal preferences and app activity. If Hitlist finds something really great during their data scan, they send a push notification to the user encouraging them to buy now.

 Hitlist Explore page

Hitlist’s mission is to help users travel more for less by taking the friction out of booking travel. Their intelligent filters help customers find trips that suit their time, destination preferences and budget. Users can build travel lists manually or choose from recommended destinations. They can also see where their friends have been and get tips from the people they trust. Based on the lists users build up, Hitlist then uses Skyscanner’s API data to scan millions of fares and bring users the best itineraries helping them know the optimal time to travel.

We’ve always appreciated the fact that Skyscanner shows all the available flights, including the discount airlines. It’s the only comprehensive API we know and that is important, to provide our customers with the experience they want. The Skyscanner API allows us to differentiate from other inspirational/planning apps by offering real time pricing. The APIs are lightweight and easy to integrate with, and it’s our primary monetization model right now.

Skyscanner for Business’s bespoke data and Hitlist’s pioneering and user-friendly platform work hand-in-hand by pulling data from the Skyscanner Browse Grid API to scan recent flight data and score flights via a proprietary algorithm that classifies each as ‘good’, ‘great’, or ‘spectacular’. Hitlist then displays selected information to users in the app based on their personal preferences and app activity. If Hitlist finds something really great during their data scan, they send a push notification to the user encouraging them to buy now.

The future looks bright for Hitlist and the continued partnership; with plans to integrate the API more deeply into their booking process, Hitlist hopes to allow users to be able to filter their flights directly within the app.

 Flight search on Hitlist powered by Skyscanner

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Guest Article – My thoughts on Tech, Search and Travel: by WhaleSlide’s Founder Francesco Petruzzelli

 Skyscanner for Business and WhaleSlide logos 

I first had the idea to develop a new search engine when I was eighteen. At the time I used the iGoogle platform and I found it clunky and uncomfortable. It felt like a pair of shoes a size too small – they do the job but you’re left hating them after more than an hour.

As an 18 year old living in the Cotswolds, I didn’t have a huge amount of options open to me. I remember going to Barclays to get a business loan based purely on my business plan and, even though they were helpful, I got the overwhelming feeling I was heading down a dead end. Fast forward seven years and a couple of jobs across a couple of countries and we’ve started building the product and technology that I initially dreamed of. In fact we’ve surpassed it. 

Although WhaleSlide is still in its infancy, we’ve already started developing technologies and ideas that we think will influence the way that people search. Technologies like our collection system which encompasses human curation into search results, searching the social sphere and instant answers are just some of the small steps we’re taking to help change and improve the relevancy of results.Click the image below to watch a video of the product in action:

It’s through some of this technology that our partnership with Skyscanner for Business began. We believe you should find what you’re looking for with the least amount of effort. Skyscanner help us do this by providing instant answers to flight related queries to find the best deals to your destination instantly. However, this technology isn’t limited to flights, and soon we’ll also provide this feature for car rentals using Skyscanner technology. Our product is always evolving and a big part of it is having partners with well documented API’s that we can integrate quickly and efficiently across every sector.

From a personal and business perspective, to grow not only the UK’s tech ecosystem but also Europe’s requires more companies opening their technology up and partnering with their smaller siblings. Sharing data and optimising the way it reaches consumers should form an integral part of the backbone of UK digital infrastructure. Hopefully, more mid and large sized companies will open their doors to startups looking to leverage data in mutually beneficial products.

Moving away from the technology side of the business, we have two core principles that underpin the ecosystem we want to build not only within the company as a whole but also externally within our user base. Firstly, a complete and utter respect for people’s privacy. We don’t need your personal data to influence what you see nor do we need it to tailor advertising. A view which is very much at odds with all the larger search engines.

Secondly is our ability to allow people to give back. At first the idea was just to donate a percentage of our profits to a charity of the user’s choice but we evolved that a step further and made WhaleSlide a white label platform This enables charities of all sizes to harness their user bases to raise revenue for good causes around the world but not only that, it gives them the ability to speak to a demographic that perhaps they might not have interacted in with as closely before.

Over the next 6 months we expect WhaleSlide to really evolve and come into its own. It’s the start of an exciting journey for us.

Visit our Travel APIs to find out how we can support your business goals.