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5 Reasons Why You Need to Know Momondo for Cheap Airfare

When I tell people about my favorite websites for cheap airfare, the name Momondo isn’t what they expect to hear. They expect to hear well-known online travel booking sites like Expedia or Travelocity, not that Momondo flights are the cheapest. More on this in just a second.

Now if you follow the blog, you know I mostly use miles and points for award travel.

However, cheap flights are just that, cheap! Sometimes, it just makes more sense to take advantage of a deal than to pay with miles and points.

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Over time, I’ve tested out different websites and strategies for finding the cheapest flights. Momondo flights were consistently the cheapest.

What’s more, I discovered I wasn’t alone. The Momondo flight search tool was endorsed by trusted travel sources like Frommer’s, Forbes, Travel & Leisure, and New York Times Travel.

The research done by Reid Bramblett of Reids Guides caught my attention, too.  After completing test after test of online airfare sites, his Momondo reviews showed the search tool found the cheapest airfare 95% of the time!

Whoa! The Momondo cheap flights success rate is just too good to ignore.

I know some of you have never heard of Momondo and you’re asking why not use one of the major online booking sites like Expedia, Travelocity, or Orbitz.

Before, diving into the reasons why you need to be using Momondo and how to use it, let’s first take a look at why these well-known sites for booking airfare may not always show the cheapest airfare.

Why not use an online booking site to find the cheapest airfare?

Have you priced and booked airfare using an online booking site like Expedia, Travelocity, or Orbitz? If you’re like most people, you have and probably felt good about shopping around for the most affordable airfare.

Did you know Expedia owns both Travelocity and Orbitz?

The online travel websites you use for booking airfare, hotels, and rental cars may not be all they seem.

In fact, over the past couple of years, many smaller online travel booking sites have been acquired by large companies. In addition to Travelocity and Orbitz, Expedia owns CarRentals.com, Hotwire, CheapTickets, Trivago, Venere.com, and Hotels.com.

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The point is, you may think you’ve done your homework by searching across different sites, but the truth is, you’ve probably been looking at sites all owned by the same parent company, making the prices not as competitive as you might imagine.

This doesn’t mean these online booking sites can’t find cheap airfare. 

But, Momondo has maintained its status as a non-biased cheap flight finder. Their flight metasearch engine shows how important it is to do a comprehensive flight search using Momondo to find cheap tickets before you take out your credit card to buy.

5 Reasons Why You Need to Know Momondo for Cheap Flights
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5 Reasons Why You Need to Know
Momondo for Cheap Airfare

1. Momondo is an aggregator that searches for the best airfare across the web. Without adding fees, Momondo pulls in data for your selected route to show you all available flight options. These results are highlighted by the cheapest, quickest, and best.

2.  Momondo searches 1000 airlines, online booking sites, travel agencies, search engines, and other online travel discount sites. This is more than double and, in some cases, triple the number of sources used by typical booking sites.

3. This brings us to this fact, Momondo isn’t a booking site. It’s a metasearch engine whose function is to return airfare data without steering you toward one set of results over another. Once you find the flights you’d like, Momondo redirects you to that booking website.

4. Unlike many online booking sites, Momondo includes small, budget airlines and lesser-known airlines as it works to find the lowest airfare. Ever heard of FlyScoot? No worries, Momondo has. Even better, Momondo shows Southwest flight results which many other travel websites do not.

5. Oh yeah, and in test after test, Momondo came up with the cheapest airfare 95% of the time! Google Flights may come out ahead of Momondo in search speed, but Momondo is much more nuanced with all the details you need to choose the best cheap flight.

Ready to see how you can use the Momondo travel tool to find cheap airfare?

ProTip: Before getting started with any flight search tool, be sure to use an incognito window for searching or clear your browser’s cache after searching to avoid price increases! For more tips, check out my guide all about cheap flights and flight search tips.

You can do a basic airfare search with Momondo just as you would on most travel websites.

Momondo Flexible Dates Flight Search

Enter your departure and arrival airports, along with the dates and number of passengers. You can even select “Nonstop only” if you’d like to filter out flights with connections. When searching for the cheapest flights, the more flexible you can be, the better! 

Click on the calendar icon to enter your dates to see a color-coded calendar dropdown.

You’ll instantly be able to see cheaper dates than others before starting your search. You can even click on “exact” next to departure and return to change the search to +/- a number of days instead. In the search above, I searched +/- 3 days.

Momondo Flexible Dates Matrix

Momondo will display the results in a matrix-style grid so you can see the lowest prices and on which date combinations. Scroll down below the matrix to view the details of each flight option, beginning with the lowest-priced flight.

Momondo also shows the cheapest, quickest, and best options in the pink bar just above the flight price matrix. Clicking on any of these will bring the flight details to the top of the results.

Another handy customization feature is the “Custom” option on the pink bar with the cheapest, quickest, and best options. This allows you to select which outbound and inbound flights you’d like to create your own itinerary. You can also sort the results by departure, duration, arrival, and price.

In the left sidebar, Momondo shows a quick insights tip about whether you should book now or wait for a better price. There’s even a “Fare Alert” button that allows you to sign up or log in to get updates on price changes for your selected route. 

Aside from signing up for cheap flight email subscription services like Matt’s Flights or Scott’s Cheap Flights, this is a great way to DIY airfare alerts.

Momondo Flight filters

Also on the left side of the results, you’ll see filters you can apply in order to refine your results. I like the filter by airline alliance, which is helpful when trying to earn frequent flyer miles in a particular loyalty program. 

Momondo has also added a filter by “Booking Site” option. This allows you to see results only from airlines or even filter out smaller online booking sites you may not feel comfortable booking with.

When you’re ready to book, click the green “View Deal” button. Momondo will open a new window and take you to the booking site to complete your purchase.

Be sure to use a card like the Chase Sapphire Reserve to get 3x the points for travel purchases.

If you’ve searched Momondo flights in the past, you may notice sometimes an itinerary result comes up giving you the option to “Book on Momondo.” 

Rest assured this is a feature available with select partners who allow flights to be directly booked on the Momondo platform. However, this is actually placing orders with the partners themselves.

In these cases, Momondo is still acting as an unbiased airfare aggregator.

Momondo Flights Feature

In some cases, Momondo will create a “mix & match” itinerary option.

This will include different airlines operating your departure and return flights. Look for the blue “mix & match” box above the price in the search results.

For these flight results, again, simply click the green “View Deal” button.

The Momondo website opens a window showing the details for each flight. In most cases, it involves booking on 2 different sites, one right after the other to take advantage of the Momondo airfare you found.

Momondo Mix and Match

One last fun feature to highlight is the Momondo “Anywhere” search. On the homepage, enter your departure airport and dates. But instead of entering a destination, select anywhere. If you don’t see it, start to type anywhere and the option will appear.

Momondo will come back with cheap flight ideas based on when you want to travel!

Maybe I’m just a flight search nerd, but I can easily lose track of time scrolling through Momondo’s explore map feature comparing flight deals.

Momondo Search Anywhere

But, I saw a negative Momondo review? Is Momondo legit?

Momondo isn’t a booking site, just a metasearch engine or airfare aggregator. When the Momondo search engine finds the cheapest flight, it may very well be sold by a smaller online travel agency (OTA) you’ve not heard of.

The majority of these OTAs are completely legit and just acting as a middleman between you and the airline.

The key to success with these OTAs is to read the terms and conditions about any change or cancellation fees. Many times these smaller OTA fees are higher than some of the larger OTAs or had you booked directly with the airline.

In addition, some of these OTAs employ customer service agents in low-wage countries further complicating communication issues if troubles arise.

Ultimately, you have to make the choice you’re most comfortable with, even if that means paying a few extra bucks because 1 OTA has better terms and conditions than another.

But if you’re certain of your travel dates, it may not make sense to pay extra just to guarantee lower cancelation or change fees.

Remember, Momondo serves travelers in 30 different international travel markets and is a trusted and well-respected source for cheap flights throughout the travel industry.

Bottom Line: Cheap Flights = Momondo

The Momondo flight search tool never adds fees or works with third-party sites which can add to the cost of your flights. The results you see have been compared against millions of data points from around the web.

When you use aggregator and metasearch website Momondo instead of a standard online booking site, you can feel confident about the price you paid for your airfare.

Have you found a Momondo cheap flight? 

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41 thoughts on “5 Reasons Why You Need to Know Momondo for Cheap Airfare”

  1. Very interesting. I’ve never heard of that site. For me, I’ve always blanketed the search with the biggest search engines out and have managed to save a few dollars here and there.

    1. Jackie Sills-Dellegrazie

      Thanks for your comment, Milosz. Definitely give Momondo a try. The fact that it’s independent could just help you save even more than some of the bigger sites.

    1. Jackie Sills-Dellegrazie

      That’s great, Anita! Google flight is also a great tool! Glad you’re finding flights for less!?

  2. Aw! I never heard of it. Thanks for the heads up. I am already booked till May so I’ll check Momondo out for my future flight bookings.

  3. Completely agree with you on Momondo! I learned of it last year, before our trip to Europe and they did have the cheapest flights! I also like their web design, and the ease of switching the dates to see which flights would be cheaper.

    1. Jackie Sills-Dellegrazie

      That’s great, Jolanta! So true about the web design. It’s smart and so user friendly.

  4. Thanks for the interesting information a lot to think about. I didn’t know that Expedia and Priceline own most of the travel websites. But I find that skyscanner finds some good deals also.

    1. Jackie Sills-Dellegrazie

      You are so right about Skyscanner. It’s a close 2nd to Momondo for sure. Hope using Momondo will find you some cheap flights!

    1. Jackie Sills-Dellegrazie

      You are so right, Laura! The design and functions are so user friendly. Glad it’s been a good tool for you. 🙂

  5. You have to be careful when using this site. (and others) It /they may tell you that the cheapest flight is through a little-known aggregator which may have problems. (Skyscanner does this too)
    I tried one test reservation, was directed to Omega Flight Store, then searched for reviews on Omega and was appalled at its terrible reviews for service. Also, I found the same flight at the airline for a few dollars less than Omega.
    (I have not actually used Omega, or Momondo in booking a flight. Recently, I’ve been using ITA Matrix, Skyscanner, & Google Flights to search for paid flights, and Expertflyer (paid) to search for miles-flights)

    1. Jackie Sills-Dellegrazie

      Thanks for adding to this resource, JAS. Totally agree that you have to pay attention to tiny flight booking sites that may have different T&C’s than larger sites. I’ve also used ITA Matrix, Google Flights, and ExpertFlyer and found them all to be useful tools. While I have used Skyscanner successfully as well, they are an aggregator just like Momondo and the same heads up about little-known booking sites applies.

    1. Jackie Sills-Dellegrazie

      Hi Matilda, thanks for your comment. I’m frustrated, too! I’ve checked for Momondo’s Flight Insights and couldn’t find them either. They must have made some updates. I’m sad to see those go, though, because they were helpful. I’ll update this post accordingly. As an alternative, try the Hopper app. They have a similar feature for giving you tips about the best times to book. Good luck!

  6. Article may have to be updated..It says that Momondo is independent. I think that it’s.been bought by Priceline group.

    I wonder, are there any independent aggregators left?

    1. Jackie Sills-Dellegrazie

      Hi Vianden,

      You are absolutely right. This article is at the top of my list of the ones that need updating. Thanks so much for reading, though. I will say, Momondo still comes up as finding great fares. I often check Google Flights, too. And, if Momondo recommends a booking site I’ve not heard of, I always do a quick search to see what the reviews are just in case. If you haven’t yet, take a look at the Hopper app. I find that to be a helpful tool, as well.

  7. Abdulaziz Aljuhaimi

    Hello,
    Jackie, It is very nice to find a travel search engine like this that gives me the cheapest airfare for somewhere that I can afford including other costs of travel according to my budget. And it is for a particular time that I don’t have too much money. It is a good idea really.
    Abdulaziz

    1. Jackie Sills-Dellegrazie

      Thanks for reading and I hope you’re able to find a great airfare for your travels. 🙂

  8. Hi Jackie,
    Thanks for your post! I have a concern. Momondo results give me many travel website options, but when I look up the reviews for them they are usually really bad or possibly a scam. Have you ever had any trouble with this? Are all of them legit?

    1. Jackie Sills-Dellegrazie

      Hi Cathy,
      Thanks so much for reading. I’m currently working to update this post to include just such info. Momondo is still a great tool for searching and finding the best-priced flights. But, there are some shady booking options and I would totally recommend doing a little research quickly on them first, as well as read terms and conditions about canceling or making changes. It would be worth it, in my opinion, to pay $6 extra bucks to book with a site I had more trust in, for example. Personally, I have never had any problems with the flights I’ve booked on Momondo. I hope that helps! 🙂
      Jackie

  9. Momondo led me to a website called BargainAirTicket.com to book a flight and it was a SCAM. I booked the flight and a couple hours later I received a grammatically incorrect email asking me to call the company. The person answering the phone had a heavy accent and child crying in the background. “Jordan” told me the price of the flight had gone up by $150 just after I purchased it and said I needed to pay the difference. I said I would not pay and they could just give me a refund to buy my ticket elsewhere. He then told me he could give me a “deal” of $50 off (making the flight the same price it was on a few other websites I’d seen.) I gave a firm no i’m not paying any more for this ticket. Jordan got mad and barked that he’d submit my ticket and just have to take a loss on it. He then hung up on me before I could respond. 24 hours later I received a call about my ticket from a person who sounded a lot like Jordan lol. My ticket was canceled because I wouldn’t pay the higher cost. He admitted that was the reason.

    I’m so worried that this scammy company has my CC info. They also screwed me over because I ended up having to make the ticket purchase less than two weeks before the departure date so the prices all went up significantly. I tried to quickly research the company before buying, but the name of the website makes it difficult since the words bargain air tickets show up in many search results. Right now I just searched for the same flight that’s about 1.5 weeks out and BargainAirTicket has once again listed the low airfare they lured me in with. They’re planning to bait and switch someone else. I’m left watching my Chase Sapphire Reserve like a hawk. Good luck everyone.

    Also, too bad Momondo has been purchased by Priceline.

    1. Jackie Sills-Dellegrazie

      Hi Linda,
      Thanks so much for sharing your experience and I’m so sorry for what happened to you. When I wrote this article years ago, Momondo hadn’t been purchased and there were hardly any issues as the one you describe. I’m in the process of updating this article and will have a section explaining the pitfalls to using little-known booking sites. Yet, even with these possibilities, Momondo still remains a recommended search tool (for now) because it is relatively unbiased in how it displays pricing results which cannot be said for all other booking sites. Again, I’m so sorry for your troubles, but so appreciate you taking the time to share. (I’d also ask Chase for a brand new card number, btw.)
      Best,
      Jackie

  10. Hi Jackie,

    Have you noticed one of Momondo’s Timetable feature is no longer exist in their website, I wonder why? It was such a good feature .

    Christina

    1. Jackie Sills-Dellegrazie

      Thanks for reading, Christina. I hadn’t noticed and I’m not sure why. Momondo was purchased by Priceline not too long ago. Maybe they’re making some changes to the site…

    1. Jackie Sills-Dellegrazie

      Thanks for reading, Henry. Momondo finds the cheapest fares 95% of the time compared to other aggregators.

    1. Jackie Sills-Dellegrazie

      Thanks for reading, Jojo. It is important to vet out the OTAs and booking with the airline is always preferred.

  11. Ok now we’re in February 2019- i would like to book flights on short notice.. do you still recommend momondo? Please update even with a concise yes/no answer asap. If not what’s the next best recommendation? I appreciate the work you’re doing here and the honest approach – clarifies important issues.

    1. Jackie Sills-Dellegrazie

      Thanks for reading, Judy. Last minute flights can be so tough. Airlines raise prices as the departure date gets closer. Your best bet will still be to look at Momondo and Google Flights. Good luck!

  12. “They are all scammers. Book directly with the airline.”

    Several problems with OTA. Prices are not live. Those fares may not be available now. Their T&C’s are different to the airline, don’t expect the same outcome with changes and cancellations. When something goes wrong the airline will direct you back to the OTA – you may not get customer support when needed (hopefully not “Jason”). Finally, they can trade with liquidity problems. Airlines can cancel your ticket if they haven’t been paid. BestJest recently headed into bankruptcy with many people losing paid fare costs. As has been already said, use due diligence before booking with OTA’s. But not a Momodo problem, even TripAdvisor prices link to OTAs.

    1. Jackie Sills-Dellegrazie

      Thanks for reading, Charlie. As you noted, it’s not necessarily a Momondo problem but an OTA issue. When booking on Momondo or any OTA, it’s important to check reviews and to understand the cancelation terms and the customer service will most likely be different than had you gone through the airline directly. That being said, I’ve found great deals and still stand by using Momondo to search for the best fares. Just do your homework ahead of time to understand who you’re booking with.

  13. When is the best time to purchase a ticket from USA (Chicago) to South Korea? I have heard 120 days prior. We are planning a trip in September.

    Thank you

    1. Jackie Sills-Dellegrazie

      Thanks for reading, Gale. I’d recommend anywhere from 3-6 months for international trips. It depends on the destination, season, etc. Use Google Maps to see the price range for the next several months. That will help you determine average pricing and identify cheaper and more expensive days to fly. Good luck! 🙂

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