The Sunday London Times has just completed what it claims to be a serious study of the main airfare search engines, and has named Momondo.com as the best of them. It bases that decision on Momondo's "great coverage searching more airlines than all the others, and featuring no-frills and smaller, niche carriers . . . Over multiple searches, it . . . gave the best prices for long haul." For more details, see the upcoming London Times Travel Supplement for September 2010.
Four qualifying statements need to be made about that choice:
That having been noted, it is nonetheless impressive that Momondo.com — a small corporation in an even smaller nation — won the Times' nod. You normally would have expected the famous newspaper to choose a British firm as tops in the field. I for one was greatly satisfied by its choice, because I have been writing for several years that Momondo.com is a solid and respectable search engine that often produces remarkable results. I have also several times quoted the claim by Momondo's Danish executives that they scan the airfares of airlines and other search engines that pay no commission to Momondo.com for the business it creates — in other words, its searches are uninfluenced by commercial considerations (they say). Momondo also is, apparently, one of the few search engines to include the fares of Southwest Airlines in its results.
So, immodest as it may seem, I've been jubilant over the analysis just announced by the London Times. It is probably the only opinion in years (other than an occasional movie review) in which I have agreed with that newspaper.