Flights Booked, Thank You Hopper!
Since the previous post about using the Hopper app to track down the best hotel rates, I've been getting periodic notifications from the app that better rates were on the horizon. Prices rose to $1200 for flights from Los Angeles to Hong Kong on two sets of dates I had been eyeballing.
Hopper sent me a notification that cheaper flights could be found if I changed my departure date as well as switched destination airport from Hong Kong (HKG) to Macau (MFM). Flying directly in to Macau means the last leg - taking a ferry from HK to Macau - can be eliminated. Hooray! For whatever reason, I didn't accept Hopper's suggestions and kept my flight watch details intact. Hopper told me to keep waiting for a better deal.
On January 2nd, Hopper notified me that it had found a "good price" for the LAX->HKG and that I should "book now."
Woowoo! I immediately roped in the boss (my wife, who told me to use Hopper to begin with) and showed her the notification. We talked about it for a bit and opted to wait a day or so before pulling the trigger.
Lo and behold, Hopper's "you will likely pay more if you wait" prediction proved to be true. Prices for the LAX->HKG flight went up two hours later. Damnit!
Fiddling with the app, it showed me again that better deals could be had if I changed destination airport to MFM and departed one day earlier than the original plan. Using the new criteria, Hopper found fares at $866 plus the bonus time and cash savings gained when bypassing the HK to Macau ferry.
After roping in the boss and doing some comparison shopping for the same flight, I pulled the trigger and booked the flight directly through the Hopper app.
For all this big data crunching and prediction intelligence, Hopper charges a commission of $5 on every transaction you book through them. Using the app has been a complete joy, $5 is peanuts to pay for the service they provide. Hopper is available for iOS and Android.
So the dates have been set and flight has been booked... Viva Macau June 20-29, 2016!