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Hipmunk adds flight dates flexibility for best rates

August 4, 2011

With increase in fuel costs and other fees, flight rates are going skyward. So if you have a flexible schedule for that next vacation, check out Hipmunk’s new feature that allows you to select the “I’m flexible” option on their homepage and it will give you rates for a range of dates within the range you mentioned.

Just type in your departure and arrival cities. Then, enter the first day you’d be available to depart, and the approximate number of days you could spend on your trip. (If your duration is flexible, use the number after the +- to specify how flexible.)

When you click Search, Hipmunk generates a graph of the lowest price on each departure day. Once you select your departure date, you then see a graph of prices for the various return days. Select your desired return date, and we’ll show you the actual flights to the right of the graph.

Hipmunk

Hipmunk

Here are some deeper features:

  • Leave the “number of days” field blank to search for a one-way trip
  • Search for any 30-day period, not just a specific month. So if you’re free from September 10 to October 10, just put September 10 in the search field, and you won’t have to run a separate search for each month
  • Search between 30 and 90 days from departure date by updating the potential return date in the URL
  • Open multiple tabs to review flexible dates for multiple destinations you’re considering.


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