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It is no secret that perusing a flight comparison website when booking your next holiday could likely save you dozens of pounds on an air fare. But what if you pitted those sites against each other?

That is exactly what Cheap Flights Finder does.

Describing itself as a “meta-meta search”, it is broadly speaking a comparison site of flight comparison sites – and it claims to have saved its users hundreds of pounds.

“Zurich to China was £350 on the majority of flight comparison sites, but then Skyscanner found it for £140. There is sometimes drastic price differences,” explained Cheap Flights Finder founder and CEO Shabab Siddiqui.

“In a lot of instances, these sites claim to have the best deal, but if you do a site-by-site comparison, generally, you might save around £10 to £20. For budget-conscious travellers it all adds up.”

The site compares a raft of other comparison sites

Siddiqui, who founded the site 10 years ago but is now relaunching it, says that passengers should compare at least four comparison sites before booking. He claims to have saved customers around £2 million a year on their fares.

Cheap Flights Finder works in the same way as an ordinary comparison site, such as Skyscanner or Kayak. Users input a preferred departure airport, destination and dates, and click search.

Results from at least six sites – Kayak, Cheapflights, Skyscanner, Momondo, Google Flights and Jetcost – then appear on separate tabs.

A spot-check by Telegraph Travel of return flights to Madrid from London next week found that Kayak, Momondo and Cheapflights were offering seats for £91, Skyscanner £100, Jetcost £89, and Google £137.

“People need to be aware that Google doesn’t always provide the cheapest deal, especially with long-haul flights,” said Siddiqui, who explained that different comparison sites have different partnerships with travel agents and airlines, which is why the prices vary.

“Sites will have different APIs, too, and some will miss certain rates, or log them incorrectly so they don’t appear,” he said.

The difference in price for return flights to Singapore was nearly £100

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Another spot-check, for return flights from London to Singapore, again departing next week, found differences of nearly £100 between the cheapest and most dear, with Google Flights again offering the most expensive.

Siddiqui said that the comparison sites have no problem with Cheap Flights Finder as it helps test their services against their competitors, and many already have partnerships with him.

Though the focus of Siddiqui’s site is to compare comparison sites, it also operates a deal finder for those travellers flexible about where and when they want to travel.

For example, on the site at the time of publication, it is offering return flights to Dublin from London for just £14, return to Cologne for the same cost, and a return fare to Gdansk for £17.

Of course, this is not the first time it has been noted that the flight comparison sites have different strengths. 

See here for our comprehensive guide to the best search websites, all tried and tested.

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