Is this partner site trustworthy? Where will I get my booking confirmation? Will I get a refund if I make a cancellation?
Here, you can get the answers to all these questions – and more – so you are able to clear your doubts and book with confidence. Before we begin, if you’re new to Skyscanner, we’d like to first introduce ourselves.
Who are we? We are a leading global travel search engine visited by 80 million people each month. We aggregate the best travel deals from over 1,200 partners including airline sites and online travel agencies (OTAs). We help travellers like you during your travel planning and booking process. On Skyscanner, you can compare travel deals with ease and pick those that meet your budget and preferences.
Oh, and most importantly, our services are completely free for users!
The most frequently asked questions about online travel agencies
Here are the questions we will address below:
- What are OTAs?
- Are OTAs legit?
- Why is the price different on Skyscanner and the OTA?
- Where is my booking confirmation?
- How do I change my booking details?
- Can I still earn my miles if I book with Skyscanner or OTAs?
- What is the blue book button?
- What items are included in the price displayed on Skyscanner
- Do OTAs charge credit card fees?
- How do I cancel my booking?
- Do OTAs provide a refund for change of dates or cancellation?
- More information about OTAs on Skyscanner
1. What are OTAs?
Online travel agencies (OTA) are websites that offer travel products and services such as flights, hotels, and car rentals to travellers. OTAs usually have an agreement with the supplier (such as airlines and hotel owners), and they make a profit through resale.
In case you’re wondering, you do not necessarily pay more when booking through an OTA rather than directly with the supplier. OTAs can negotiate for a lower rate by buying bulk inventory or participating in B2B marketplaces where these inventories are sold at a much lower rate. They then pass on the savings to you.
Skyscanner Tip: Use our app to compare all the prices available out there before making a booking.
2. Are OTAs legit?
Our OTA partners are definitely legit. We vet all our online travel agency partners and they have to meet high standards in terms of customer service before they can work with us.
Of course, not all OTAs are equal. Each OTA is different in terms of factors like booking process, pricing strategy and customer service offerings. To help you choose wisely, each OTA has been given a Skyscanner Quality Rating score which is derived from our on-site survey and customer feedback about price reliability, fees, customer service, and the ease of use of the provider’s site.
The ratings appear as gold stars, and five stars would be the best rating for an OTA. The numbers beside the stars show exactly how many individual feedback contributed to the final ratings. The Quality Rating score is an aggregate rating of the last six months, so it does not get outdated.
Skyscanner Tip: You’ll find the Quality Rating score displayed prominently under the name of each OTA so you can compare them easily.
3. Why is the price different on Skyscanner and the OTA?
Skyscanner sets standards for fee transparency and price accuracy. However, there could still be small price differences as viewed on Skyscanner and the OTAs. On top of that, final prices will change if you select add-ons such as check-in baggage and travel insurance.
Keep in mind that Skyscanner does not change the price that appears on our platform. The estimated mandatory taxes and fees are included in the prices displayed on Skyscanner. When you are redirected to the website of the OTA for bookings, these prices are updated based on availability and your booking details.
Skyscanner Tip: Read our science behind flight pricing article to get a more in-depth understanding behind flight prices.
4. Where is my booking confirmation?
After making your reservation with the airline or the OTA, you will receive the booking confirmation in your email address. It might take some time, even up to 24 hours, for the provider to issue the e-ticket or booking reference number.
If it does not appear in your inbox, check your spam folder. Otherwise, contact the airline or the OTA directly for help. Forgot which OTA you booked from? Look at your credit card statement as this piece of information is usually displayed there.
5. How do I change my booking details?
You may contact the OTA, airline or hotel directly if you need to make changes to your booking details. Currently, Skyscanner does not have access to your booking information.
Most airlines and hotels allow you to manage your own bookings, provided you have a booking reference number. This should be given to you in the booking confirmation email. There may be fees for making changes, depending on the type of ticket you booked.
For more complicated requests, it’s also best to go directly to the airline or hotel.
6. Can I still earn my miles if I book with Skyscanner or OTAs?
Yes, bookings made with OTAs are eligible for miles as well as OTA loyalty programs.
After your search on Skyscanner, you’ll be redirected to the relevant partner site. During the booking process, there should be an option to input your membership or frequent flyer number.
Otherwise, you can retrieve your booking on the airline’s website using your booking reference. Following that, key-in your membership or frequent flyer number into the passenger details to earn your miles.
7. What is the blue book button?
You may see blue “BOOK” buttons amid the green ones when you’re checking for offers on Skyscanner. The blue buttons indicate that you can complete your purchase with a travel provider without leaving Skyscanner. This offers you a more simplified booking experience with select partners, especially if you’re booking flights on your mobile phone.
Remember that you are still booking with the airline, travel agent or travel provider. They will collect your payment and you will receive any confirmation email, e-ticket and vouchers directly from them.
Bonus: if you’re logged into your Skyscanner account, you can experience seamless booking by having your details auto-filled based on your previous bookings. We are continually improving the user experience on our app and site, and these are a few improvements we’ve implemented. Learn more about Skyscanner app features in this handy guide.
8. What items are included in the price displayed on Skyscanner
The price displayed on Skyscanner is inclusive of the base fare plus an estimate of the total mandatory taxes and fees. After you’re redirected to the partner website, the price will be updated. Note that there may be small differences in the price listed on Skyscanner and our partner.
Skyscanner Tip: You can check a list of airline fees here.
9. Do OTAs charge credit card fees?
Some OTAs charge extra fees for special payment methods. However, there’s typically at least one popular payment method that is free of charge; the prices on Skyscanner reflect this.
10. How do I cancel my booking?
If you made your booking with an OTA, retrieve your booking on the OTA website and request for cancellation. The cancellation link may also be provided in the booking confirmation email. You should also check the OTA website or contact them directly to learn more about their cancellation policies and whether you are eligible for a refund.
11. Do OTAs provide a refund for change of dates or cancellation?
To make changes in dates or to cancel your booking entirely, you should contact the OTA. Most OTAs charge a fee for changes and cancellations unless you specifically purchased a flexible ticket. On top of that, some tickets are non-refundable. Such information on fare conditions is typically displayed on our partner’s website. Users are advised to read the OTA policies and T&C before making their purchase.
OTA information on Skyscanner
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