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Skyscanner vs Kayak: A side-by-side comparison

Discover the ways in which Skyscanner and Kayak stand apart from each other.

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Both Skyscanner and Kayak are famous around the world for being one-stop shops for comparing prices for flights, hotels and hire cars.

One is recognisable by its wispy blue-and-white cloud emblem, the other is recognisable by its bright orange logo.

But aside from logo design, what sets these two companies apart? Find out here.

Skyscanner vs Kayak comparison:

What can I book?
  • Flights
  • Hotels
  • Car hire
  • Train tickets through the app
  • Flights
  • Hotels
  • Car hire
  • Train tickets
Kayak offers train ticket comparisons via the web and the app.
Can I price match?NoNoNeither price match.
Is there lay-by or a payment plan?NoNoNeither offers payment plans.
Any booking fees?NoNoNeither charges booking fees.
Is there online chat?NoNoNeither offers live chat.
Is there a loyalty scheme?NoNoNeither offers a loyalty scheme.
What are my payment options?Payments vary depending on which third party Skyscanner directs you to.
  • American Express
  • Mastercard
  • Visa
  • Discover
  • Third-party payment options.
Kayak lets you input payment details on its website for some purchases.
Can I book round the world fares?No.No.Neither compares the cost of single round-world tickets.
Can I book multi-city fares?YesYesBoth let you compare prices for multi-city fares.
Any features to find the best price?Deals newsletter, price alert emails, month view of cheapest prices.Newsletter, price alerts, price forecast tool.Both offer several features to help you find the best price.
Ready to book?Book via SkyscannerBook via Kayak-

Who offers the best price?

In a price-comparison test, the “best” price for a return flight from Sydney to Brisbane was listed as $124 with Skyscanner. While on the same date, the “best” price for a Sydney-to-Brisbane flight was listed as $132 on Kayak.

The verdict:

In the above price comparisons, Skyscanner came out fractionally cheaper than Kayak.

Which offers a wider range of airlines?

Both Kayak and Skyscanner offer price comparisons for a startling range of airlines in all continents around the world.

The verdict

It’s tricky to set the companies apart when it comes to variety. Both let you compare hundreds of options.

What are deals like?

Neither Skyscanner or Kayak have dedicated deals sections on their websites. Both include a list of cheap flights to various popular destinations.

As a point of difference, Kayak has a holidays (flights + nights) section for its more popular destinations, where Skyscanner has separate flights-and-hotels bookings.

The verdict:

While both sites offer cheap fares at a glance, neither has a dedicated flight deals section. Kayak however provides options for packaged deals for holidaymakers.

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