I’m always on the lookout for deals on flights and when I heard about JetRadar.com, I was eager to see if it would be my new go-to booking website. Upon first look, the layout is rather basic, with tabs for flights and hotels, as well as a section at the bottom for deals. Sometimes, however, that can be a good thing. You go directly to the flight booking and aren’t distracted by overwhelming graphics and pop ups.
JetRadar pulls flight information from many airlines, mostly from the Star Alliance:
Air Canada, France, Alitalia, American Airlines, British Airways, Brussels Airlines, Delta Airlines, Iberia Air, Lufthansa, Swiss, TAP Portugal, US Airways and United. They claim to pull from 728 airlines, 11 agencies and 4 booking systems, an impressive amount to say the least.
I liked that JetRadar doesn’t have extra fees, so what you see is what you get. With many booking sites, the fees you pay are almost as much as the actual fare. It becomes very frustrating when you have a specific flight budget in mind.
One thing I would change about JetRadar is to add a multi-city option that other booking sites have. The first time I looked up a fare from Atlanta to Oporto, Portugal for the upcoming Travel Bloggers Unite conference, it came up with no results. This could have been because the dates were too far in advance, but it had me worried. Once I changed the dates, I found more options.
Another area that has room for improvement is the hotels. I typed in hotels for my hometown of Atlanta and the first that came up were hotels near airports, both our international airport and small regional airports. After more searching I found more centrally located accommodations, pulled from websites like Hotels.com, Expedia, EasyToBook and Octopus.
JetRadar vs. The Competition
- SkyScanner: Both have a “cheap deals” section next to the flight search and are simple in design. SkyScanner also has searches for hotels and cars, as well as the option to search for your home airport to “everywhere” to see what regions have the best deal.
- Kayak: Jet Radar has links to deals on the front page, which can be good if you’re not picky about where you’re flying to. Kayak, however, has multi-city fares, hotels, cars, deals and a handy iPhone app.
- Expedia: This website has too many advertisements and distracts you from the flight booking, so in this respect JetRadar is better. Expedia has more to offer in terms of packages, combining flights and hotels and car rentals, as well as cruise and resort packages. You also earn rewards for the things you book.
In summary, JetRadar.com has a few changes to make before it can compete with some of the bigger websites, but if you simply want to book a flight and a place to stay, Jet Radar is a good site to use.
*This review was commissioned by JetRadar, but all words are the honest opinion and insight from Caroline.