At first I was thrilled to find the Adioso flight search engine. It conducts flight searches the way leisure travelers (a.k.a. people paying their own way) typically search for flights. With flexibility. Most people are willing to go to a different city or travel on a day before or after for substantial savings.
Adioso accounts for this by having flexible ways of searching. For an upcoming European trip, I was tired of trying to recall my 6th grade geography class and all the possible cities that might be cheaper than Paris or Madrid. But that’s the only way I could search on Kayak, Hipmunk and even Skyscanner.
Then I tried Adioso and was so enthusiastic when I saw I could select either a state, city, country continent or even activity like museums or skydiving.
That was cool. Then it got even better when using the date field. Searches could be done by the exact date, of course, and also a date range FOR BOTH WAYS. There are also options for an entire month and anytime to simply see the absolute cheapest flights if you have ultimate flexibility.
And then, like so many things in life, my bubble burst. So far as I can tell, there is absolutely no way to rule out an airline until the results are already presented. Which makes it far less exciting to see that $740 fare come up on the screen. Considering I’d rather pay an extra $500 for the privilege of landing inside the plane on a runway, the option to eliminate Aeroflot is critical.
This seems like a teeny technical feat, so perhaps when this is added I will endorse Adioso whole heartedlly. Until then, its still a good flight search. But not a perfect one.