There are so many different booking websites out there that it can be hard to know where to go to find the best deals.
We’ve previously gone over some of the best websites to use for cheap flights, hotels, and car rentals and have broken down some of the most popular sites like Orbitz, Hotels.com, Google Flights, and Trivago. Now it’s time to take a deep dive into Momondo.
Momondo is a travel metasearch engine that helps you search for and compare prices from other websites all in 1 spot. Once you find a deal you like, you’ll be transferred to a different website (usually an online travel agency or independent site) to complete your booking.
Here’s what you need to know to use Momondo to find cheap flights, hotels, car rentals, and vacation packages.
What is Momondo?
A travel metasearch engine based out of Copenhagen, Denmark, Momondo is part of Booking Holdings, Inc, the group that owns other popular sites like Kayak, Booking.com, Priceline, and Agoda.
Momondo helps you find the best deals on flights, hotels, rental cars, and vacation packages. You’ll use Momondo to search for and compare prices on lots of booking sites (online travel agencies or individual company sites), then you’ll be transferred to your chosen site to complete your booking. You won’t actually book anything through Momondo.
Best of all, Monmodo is free to use — the site makes money through ads and referral fees paid by the booking websites.
How to Using Momondo to Find Cheap Flights
Searching for a cheap flight on Momondo is simple and only requires a few steps.
Momondo’s home page defaults to the flight search page, so you just need to input your departure city, destination city, and travel dates and then click Search. You can specify one-way vs. round-trip, the number of passengers, and the class of service above the main search box.
Next, you’ll see your search results. At the top of the page, you’ll notice a graph that shows you how the prices for your trip vary by the day. This can be really helpful if you have flexible travel plans! You’ll be able to filter your search results using the parameters on the left side of the screen. Then you can sort your results using the 4 options above the list (Cheapest, Best, Quickest, Custom).
Each search result gives you a lot of information at a glance. In addition to the basics like flight times, you’ll be able to see:
- The airline’s policies regarding COVID-19
- The specific airline or Mix & Match; Mix & Match is used when a roundtrip flight includes more than 1 airline (in this instance, you’ll have to book your ticket as 2 one-way tickets on 2 different booking sites)
- The rating: a happy face rating system shows the balance between the price and average flying time of your selected flight
- The class of service
When you click on View deal, you’ll be taken to the booking website to continue your reservation. If you book a Mix & Match fare, open both booking windows and confirm that both flights are still available before completing your reservation.
Hot Tip: If you have some flexibility and aren’t sure where you want to go, search Anywhere as your destination and you’ll get the top deals for your selected travel dates.
The Flight Insights feature is a great perk when using Momondo to find cheap flights. You’ll be able to access this information on your flight search results page.
When you click on this, you’ll get lots of great information about your specific route including:
- Cheapest month, day, and time to fly to your destination
- Cheapest airline and route to fly to your destination
- Cheapest time to buy a ticket
While all of this information is just an estimate and prediction based on past history, these insights can really help in deciding when to purchase a ticket.
Let’s take a look at some price comparisons to see if using Momondo can save you money on your next flight.
For the first example, we searched for the cheapest round-trip flight from Minneapolis-St. Paul (MSP) to Miami (MIA) through Momondo, as well as some other popular booking websites.
In the second example, we searched for the cheapest prices for a flight from Los Angeles (LAX) to Honolulu (HNL)
As you can see, in the first example, each website we checked offered the same low price across the board. In this case, you’d be better off booking directly through the airline or through an online travel agency that offers rewards, like Orbitz.
In the second example, Momondo actually came in as the highest price. It should be noted that Momondo listed lower-priced tickets but they were never available when we clicked through to the booking website.
Hot Tip: Keep in mind that metasearch engines and online travel agencies, including Momondo, don’t include flights from Southwest Airlines.
How to Use Momondo to Find Cheap Hotels
In addition to flights, you can use Momondo to search for cheap hotel prices.
Click on Hotels in the main menu, then input your destination and travel dates.
You’ll be able to filter your results list using the options at the left side of your screen and then sort your list using the drop-down arrow right above the list. To search for a hotel by location, click on the map icon in the upper left-hand corner.
Each hotel search result will display some basic information, including a rating and price. The featured price (often sponsored) might not always be the lowest! To see all the prices available, click on the drop-down arrow. Just as when searching for a flight on Momondo, when you click on View Deal, you’ll be taken to the booking website to complete your reservation.
For this price comparison, let’s take a look at 2 hotels in Fort Lauderdale. All prices are for a week-long stay including all taxes and fees.
|Hotel ||Momondo||Hotels.com||Priceline||Travelocity||Hotel’s Website|
|Pelican Grand Beach Resort||$1,742.00||$1,756.32||$2,278.58 (base level room not available)||$1,756.32||$1,711.23*|
|The Westin Fort Lauderdale||$1.097.83||$1,099.48||$1.097.83||$1,099.48||$1,066.72|
*Includes daily $25 resort credit
In the first example, the hotel’s own website offered the cheapest price plus a daily resort credit. Momondo was in the middle of the pack when it came to price.
In the second example, the lowest price is also found on the hotel’s website, but all of the websites were within about $30 of each other.
Hot Tip: If you book a hotel that has a loyalty program like Marriott or Hyatt, you usually won’t earn points when you book through a third-party website and any elite status you have might not be recognized at the hotel.
How to Use Momondo to Find Cheap Car Rentals
In addition to flights and hotels, you can use Momondo to search for and compare car rental deals.
To search for a rental car on Momondo, click on Car Rental in the main menu, then enter your pick-up location and rental dates.
Your results list will also include a map so you can search by location. Use the options across the top of your screen to narrow your search and use the drop-down arrow if you’d like to sort your list by price.
Each result will give you lots of information, including the type of car, whether or not the rental comes with free cancellation, the car rental agency, and the booking website. If you see a drop-down arrow by View Deal, that means there are multiple booking website options. Click on View Deal to get transferred to the booking website to complete your rental.
Let’s look at how much it costs to rent a car through Momondo versus some other popular car rental agencies.
Both of these examples are for a week-long rental including all taxes and fees. The first example compares prices for the cheapest option available, and the second example compares prices for a specific type of vehicle.
|Type of car||Momondo||Alamo||Budget||Hertz||Thrifty|
|Cheapest car available||$138.70||$410.72||$403.02||$243.27||$378.93|
In both of these examples, Momondo offered the lowest price by far! While you’re not guaranteed to always find the lowest price on Momondo, there’s a good chance you could save money.
Bottom Line: When you’re renting a car, be sure you’re using a credit card that comes with great car rental insurance. Many cards carry enough coverage so that you won’t have to pay for an additional policy through your car rental agency.
How to Use Momondo to Find Cheap Vacation Packages
If you prefer booking your flight and hotel together, you’re in luck, because you can search for vacation packages on Momondo, too.
Click on Packages in the main menu and input your departure city, destination city, dates of travel, and the number of travelers.
You’ll choose your hotel first. In addition to the regular hotel filtering and sorting options, you’ll see Airlines and Stops filtering options for the flight portion of your package.
Your search results will show the package price as well as the booking website. For flight options, click on See all at the bottom of each search result.
When you see Hacker Fare listed instead of a booking website, that means that your package will consist of elements from more than 1 booking website. To get a Hacker Fare, you’ll need to book your package in multiple parts.
Can you save money by booking a vacation package through Momondo? Let’s find out.
Example #1: A week-long stay in Miami at the Fontainebleau Miami Beach including a hotel room, round-trip airfare, and all taxes and fees for 2 people
Example #2: A 4-night stay in Mexico at the Hard Rock Hotel Cancun including a hotel room, round-trip airfare, and all taxes and fees for 2 people
|Miami vacation package||$4,543.18||$2,529.73||$2,416.67||$2,529.57|
|Cancún vacation package||$1,721.21||$1,681.32||$1,751.84||$1,681.32|
Unfortunately in the first example, Momondo is the most expensive by far — over $2,000 more expensive than any of the other prices! In the second example, they’re in the middle of the pack price-wise.
Booking a hotel and flight together is generally a good way to save some money, but it’s always good to price out your options on several websites before booking.
Be sure to check out our guide to the best credit cards to book vacation packages to ensure you get the maximum value from your purchase.
If you’ve got a lot of flexibility and are after a great deal, check out the Deals section on Momondo. You’ll find it by clicking on More in the main menu, then clicking on Deals.
In this section, you’ll enter your departure city, then you can search for All Deals, or you can narrow down your search to a specific region, month, or budget. You can make your search as wide or narrow as you’d like.
Momondo Mobile App
The Momondo mobile app lets you book a flight or hotel room on the go. You’ll find much of the same functionality as on the website like the Anywhere search function and the price calendar.
Plus, you’ll be able to use the Draw on Map feature with the Momondo app. This neat tool allows you to draw an area on the map to limit your hotel search — quite handy when you’re looking for a hotel in a specific location.
Momondo is a travel metasearch engine that helps you sort through prices from lots of other websites. After you’ve searched and compared prices on Momondo, you’ll be transferred to the booking website to complete your reservation.
Momondo is free to use so it’s a good tool to help you find the best prices on hotels, flights, rental cars, and vacation packages. While Momondo’s prices won’t always be the lowest, there is some opportunity to save money, so it’s worth checking out when you’re comparing prices for your next vacation.