Sixteen online aids to help you travel on the cheap

From Airbnb to Skyscanner, online aids have made travel easier and more economical

Specialised search engines such as momondo.com and skyscanner.net  are dedicated to finding the cheapest flights available.  Photograph: iStock

Specialised search engines such as momondo.com and skyscanner.net are dedicated to finding the cheapest flights available. Photograph: iStock

“As an alternative to booking flights over the phone, Ryanair has developed an internet-based flight information and booking service. Flights are listed by number, day and time of departure and the booking may be made online.”

That was how this newspaper reported the launch of the Ryanair website in September 1999. There was nothing in the short and sober report to suggest that the writer – or indeed the newspaper – had any notion that the airline’s move into cyberspace was about to change the business of travel forever.

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