Weekendflights - Product Stars
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Weekendflights

Find the cheapest weekend flights with one click

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Carlos Valls
Maker
Hey, ProductHunt 👋 after months of hard work, we are super pumped to say we are launching on PH! As an expat I had to learn the art of finding cheap weekend flights the hard way. Why is there no simple alternative to book and compare relevant flights? Problem: 👎 Existing booking solutions are too generic 🔍 It is difficult to compare multiple dates 🕓 Users spend hours comparing prices and searching for the best deals Solution: ✈️ Weekendflights allows you to compare all-year flights in an extremely simple way Features: 📅 Compare all-year weekend and long weekend flights 🎯 Filter departure days and times with a simple click ⭐ Direct return flights only ☑️ Clean and simple interface 🚥 Weekend prices mapped by colors 🔖 Cheapest price for each weekend
Davis Baer
Hunter
Congrats on the launch guys! Awesome idea, and great design 😊
Eloy Rubio
Maker
@daviswbaer many thanks for hunting and the nice words Davis!
Ignacio Fernández
Congrats! I lived in Bern as an expat and this would have done my life much easier!
Carlos Valls
Maker
@ifsbcn Thanks Ignacio. We truly think that expats are definitely a use case that could find a lot of value on weekendflights
Anna Filou
This is genius!!! I mean well, it's something everybody wants and has probably thought of but the execution is great! Suggestions: - let us choose any day as departure date, not only from Thu and after (this could be used for more than only weekend getaways) - when direct flights are not available at all, let us choose to see prices for connecting flights Issues: - when I searched for flights from ATH > OSL, it only shows me flights from the next 2 weekends and the rest of the monthly calendars are empty :)
Eloy Rubio
Maker
@anna_0x hey Anna! We are glad you liked it :) your first suggestion is a really good point, @carlos_valls and I talked about it and decided to limit the days (I was for allowing any day :P) an argument againts was that the UI looked too crowded but I'm sure we can find a solution for that. The second suggestion is also great, we will work on that! We are sorry about the issue I am working to find a solution, I will come back to you asap.
Anna Filou
@carlos_valls @eloyrubio sure, it's understandable that there are some small issues at the moment. In regards to more days cluttering the interface, I don't think that adding just 3 more day abbreviations would have such an effect. It will add a lot of functionality and will make this something that suited to everyone, not just those that wanna go on weekend trips.
Eloy Rubio
Maker
@anna_0x I analyzed the issue and the problem is that there are no direct flights on the other dates... Another reason to implement indirect flights on the next release ;)
Yosi Rahimi
Congrats on the launch! I liked the really simple and clean interface :) My 2 cents after using the website: 1. When choosing an origin/destination I'd prefer to choose the city itself rather than the airport. 2. I'd add a tooltip with the name of the company 3. When planning a vacation, sometimes the dates are fixed, but the destination isn't. I'd allow the users to change destination on the search result page. Good luck!
Carlos Valls
Maker
@rahimiyosi many thanks Yosi. Glad the hard work pays off and we can bring a clean and simple way for you to travel more! Regarding your comments: 1. Noted. There is also people for instance that search by airport code… We will definitely add the feature of searching by city name 2. Great. We will add more info in the tooltip, departure hours seems limited 3. This is on our pending list, you will be able to change the destination. Plus, I think it would be great for a user to type in the origin airport and they show both the different destination prices for a specific weekend and the cheapest destination for every weekend. I hate spending hours playing with filters!
Yosi Rahimi
@carlos_valls #3 sounds awesome! Looking forward to test it :)
Borja Durán
Awesome, so useful for checking which are the cheapest weekends to go visit my family. Love it!
Carlos Valls
Maker
@borja_duran allowing you to visit your family more often, share more with them, love them more... was a key though when building weekendflights! Take advantage of every minute you can be with them... life is too short
Barry White
Congratulations on the launch! Here's some initial feedback that may help you improve on what works and looks great so far. Hope you find it useful! "Book Cheap Weekend Flights" is a powerful value proposition, but I would definitely do some A/B testing with Facebook Ads or Unbounce to see which one resonates the most with your target audience. You might want to experiment a little with subtle variations like 'The easiest way to book cheap weekend flights' or 'Book the cheapest weekend flights'. Some testimonials may help to provide some validation with early users while you are gaining early traction and establishing your brand. You can remove them later on. The simple two colour design of the homepage reflects ease of use and simplicity, but in many cases a third colour helps to draw the users eye to key information and CTAs. Again, something to A/B test, but in my experience it definitely helps with Conversion Rate Optimisation. I would suggest to put the text "Mobile Apps coming very soon!" on the click instead of the rollover on the app store download buttons, this way you track the number of users who are interested in each OS. Alternatively, if you redirect them to temporary landing page and include a Facebook pixel, you will be able to retarget these same users later on with mobile ads. I have a feeling that the number displayed in "Comparing XXXXXXX weekend flights" is faked. The number increases so smoothly, it feels more like a timer than a true representation of actual processing. It may be better just to put "calculating..." Personally, I don't believe that there are 650,000+ flights for the weekend I searched, many users might also disbelieve this too. Establish trust is key. ;) I would use a combination of IP detection and flight origin to determine the logic for the initial currency selection and then allow users to change should they need to. I'm in Barcelona and searched for flights from Barcelona to Amsterdam, but was given flight costs in USD. The 3 colour traffic light system is nice way to communicate the cost of flights, but it might be better to allow a full range of tonality between red and green, in order to allow users to instantly zoom in on the cheapest flights. Also a nice symbol or badge to highlight the cheapest flight on the page will give the users a quick and simple visual reference to understand the relative cost of the flights they are looking at. Although your primary focus is weekends, I wouldn't necessarily prevent users from being able to search for flights that left or returned on other days. If a user is happy with your service, they may want to use it to for mid week trips too. Recurrent revenue is so much easier and profitable than new business. It would be useful to be able to filter the flight combinations that are displayed in the search results by departure, arrival and airline. Are there cheaper multi-stop flight options for longer haul destinations? ..and finally, the jump from the weekendflights.co website to the kiwi.com affiliate is quite abrupt. I would recommend some kind of delay and redirection prompt or some reskinning of the payment page to help transition users to help reduce drop-off in funnel conversion. Overall, great job. Wish you guys the best of luck! Barry @Growthclub.io
Eloy Rubio
Maker
@growthclub @bwhite Congratulations on the launch! Here's some initial feedback that may help you improve on what works and looks great so far. Hope you find it useful! Thanks a lot! We are really glad you like it :) "Book Cheap Weekend Flights" is a powerful value proposition, but I would definitely do some A/B testing with Facebook Ads or Unbounce to see which one resonates the most with your target audience. You might want to experiment a little with subtle variations like 'The easiest way to book cheap weekend flights' or 'Book the cheapest weekend flights'. Awesome idea, we might even need to think about moving away from just weekends if we allow selecting any day of the week as @anna_0x pointed out. Some A/B testing will help us for sure on that. Some testimonials may help to provide some validation with early users while you are gaining early traction and establishing your brand. You can remove them later on. Agree, IMHO the whole home needs a redisign, I thought about adding an "as seen on" section but testimonials will definetely help build some trust as well. I'd like alsoto focus on usability and improve the search fields as @rahimiyosi mentioned. The simple two colour design of the homepage reflects ease of use and simplicity, but in many cases a third colour helps to draw the users eye to key information and CTAs. Again, something to A/B test, but in my experience it definitely helps with Conversion Rate Optimisation. Thanks for the tip, we will play with that as well. We could show the apps buttons in a more prominent color (as soon as they are ready...). I would suggest to put the text "Mobile Apps coming very soon!" on the click instead of the rollover on the app store download buttons, this way you track the number of users who are interested in each OS. Alternatively, if you redirect them to temporary landing page and include a Facebook pixel, you will be able to retarget these same users later on with mobile ads. Good point, initially I thought about displaying a dialog on click and ask the user for his email in case he wanted to be notified when the apps are ready. We did not know about the Facebook trick, genius. I have a feeling that the number displayed in "Comparing XXXXXXX weekend flights" is faked. The number increases so smoothly, it feels more like a timer than a true representation of actual processing. It may be better just to put "calculating..." Personally, I don't believe that there are 650,000+ flights for the weekend I searched, many users might also disbelieve this too. Establish trust is key. ;) hehe it is fake... we just wanted to show the user the website was actually searching for flights and not just hanging. But you are right, we will replace it with a loading bar. I would use a combination of IP detection and flight origin to determine the logic for the initial currency selection and then allow users to change should they need to. I'm in Barcelona and searched for flights from Barcelona to Amsterdam, but was given flight costs in USD. Good point, it's already on our TODO list to set the users local location and currency. At the moment we just add a cookie and preload departure airport and currency. The 3 colour traffic light system is nice way to communicate the cost of flights, but it might be better to allow a full range of tonality between red and green, in order to allow users to instantly zoom in on the cheapest flights. Also a nice symbol or badge to highlight the cheapest flight on the page will give the users a quick and simple visual reference to understand the relative cost of the flights they are looking at. We totally agree on having a legend with the color codes and price ranges. But we will discuss about the full range tonality too, thanks! Although your primary focus is weekends, I wouldn't necessarily prevent users from being able to search for flights that left or returned on other days. If a user is happy with your service, they may want to use it to for mid week trips too. Recurrent revenue is so much easier and profitable than new business. That's a very valid point too. It would be useful to be able to filter the flight combinations that are displayed in the search results by departure, arrival and airline. Are there cheaper multi-stop flight options for longer haul destinations? Noted, we will improve the filters and add indirect flights too. ..and finally, the jump from the weekendflights.co website to the kiwi.com affiliate is quite abrupt. I would recommend some kind of delay and redirection prompt or some reskinning of the payment page to help transition users to help reduce drop-off in funnel conversion. We did not think about that but it makes a lot of sense. We will add a transition to it. Overall, great job. Wish you guys the best of luck! Thank you so much to you @bwhite for taking the time to write such a great review!
Neelam Parmar
Amazing idea. It would be great if you would decrease the time it takes to show the flights.
Carlos Valls
Maker
@neelam_parmar totally agree Neelam. The average searching time is 30 sec, too much! The two main objectives we wanted to get from PH were: (1) market validation. Are we building something that is meaningful and relevant for the user; (2) which routes and filters are people searching for. then we can find formulas to speed the loading process by a 3 times factor. Thank you so much for the valuable feedback!
Neelam Parmar
@carlos_valls It took more than 1 minute.
Roland Hovsepyan
Great<))
Eloy Rubio
Maker
@roland_hovsepyan Thanks Roland!
Alex Barashkov
Hey guys, nice design but functionality not ideal unfortunately. Pros - nice UI/UX - good for fast analytics Cons - Search by airoport - I searched same dates in another tool and found cheaper prices for the same tickets - tried to search at mobile device without the app, but was not able to search at all
Eloy Rubio
Maker
@alex_barashkov hey Alex thank you so much for your feedback. We really appreciate it. We will improve the search funtionality and it's usability in the next release also allowing you to select multiple destinations. Atm you can just search for airport city and airport IATA code. Could you tell us the other tool? We are open to new partnerships :) And what was the issue with the search? Typing did not return any results?
Dan Dan
Cons: 1. It's loading and searching rather slow for me. Maybe the site is just overwhelmed with visitors right now. 2. It looks like it always counts up to 1M, even when it doesn't find anything. Also, not 1M flights between the cities I picked. So the counter seems to be just for show. 3. The actual results took so long to show that I thought the page had timed out. 4. It looks like it only searched for 2 months ahead, which is weird because the UI shows 8 months. If you are only searching a couple of months ahead there's no reason to show more empty months in the UI. 5. In order to change the origin or destination I have to go back to the initial page with the search bar. 6. Nobody wants a popup in between the search and the result requesting your e-mail address. Pros: Simple UI, simple to use.
Eloy Rubio
Maker
@tostartafire thank you so much for your feeback. 1. It's loading and searching rather slow for me. Maybe the site is just overwhelmed with visitors right now. You are right, we are feeling the love from PH. It's true though that our search takes much more time than the usual websites but we are doing 30x searches on every request. We will try to improve performance by caching the most common routes. 2. It looks like it always counts up to 1M, even when it doesn't find anything. Also, not 1M flights between the cities I picked. So the counter seems to be just for show. It is a fake counter to show the user we are searching for flights and the website did not hung. But as suggested by @bwhite we will replace it with a loading bar. 3. The actual results took so long to show that I thought the page had timed out. We have quite some load atm :) 4. It looks like it only searched for 2 months ahead, which is weird because the UI shows 8 months. If you are only searching a couple of months ahead there's no reason to show more empty months in the UI. That's not the expected behaviour, you should see all months if there are direct flights. Could you tell me the route so I can look into it? 5. In order to change the origin or destination I have to go back to the initial page with the search bar. Noted, thanks. 6. Nobody wants a popup in between the search and the result requesting your e-mail address. It gave us some leads already but it's true it can be really annoying...
Dan Dan
@bwhite @eloyrubio I tested with Philadelphia -> NYC; August and September weekends are filled in, but none of the other months are. On the popup, maybe if I clicked on "no thanks" it would stop showing in the future.
Daeshawn Ballard
Yup, I like it.
Carlos Valls
Maker
@imdaeshawn thanks Daeshawn. It is always encouraging to hear nice words. Appreciate your time
Brian Coleman
First off, I'd like to say that I love the idea and can think of a few people that I know that would also jump on this and use it. I love the simplicity of the site. I had a few of my searches come back in what I would consider a reasonable amount of time and a few that counted up to a million and never come back. Personally, I would would want to use this as a search for a weekend getaway with my wife and the destination wouldn't be as important as the dates. Could you either have an easy way to leave all of the dates/time info and just switch the destination or even say I only want to look for the next few weekends but I'd be interested in direct flights from my origin and a hand full of destinations. Perhaps a future feature?
Carlos Valls
Maker
@brian_coleman7 appreciate it! Searching time is something we will dramatically improve once we know the routes users are searching and already in discussions with flight data providers. On the other hand, the romantic gateway user case is something we will definitely work on in the future. The idea of open destinations given a specific origin is a must that we will implement shortly. By the way, you can subscribe to our newsletter where you will receive the cheapest weekend gateways from your origin airport. thanks for your feedback
Aaron Lee D'Souza
Great concept, but holy moly this could be the laggiest website I've used. Also, an open destination option would be great too.
Eloy Rubio
Maker
@aaroniclee we'll work on the websites performance and multiple destination for sure. For open destination I would recommend you to sign up for the newsletter where you will receive suggestions based on your preferences :)
Joshua Pinter
What about setting the departure city but not the arrival city? Would make finding cheap weekend adventures much more interesting.
Carlos Valls
Maker
@joshuapinter thanks, Joshua. An open destination is something that many users are asking for, so we will do something about it for sure. You can subscribe to our newsletter and we will send you the cheapest destinations from a given origin. Many thanks for the feedback
Dan Crisan
Great idea, doesn't seem to work though =[ I doubt that there are no direct flights SFO to NY :|
Eloy Rubio
Maker
@dandancrisan results take a while to show up... we promise we will work on the performance issues :) https://twitter.com/eloyrubio/status/1025503615283339264
hotmail
hy is there no simple alternative to book and compare relevant flights? http://duckducklife.com/how-to-make-duck-chili/
Milind Shah
Thanks for creating this product/service. Pros: Nice UI, Table of pricing on weekends until 8 month period from current date with color coding by price. Good amount of whitespace. Cons: Slow, cannot change destination or source on second step (price listing page), annoying popup (remove it quickly please), currency options only USD & EUR available. Suggestions: No advanced options available on homepage/initial step (mention trip days from Friday to Monday or takeoff and landing times). No way to save preferences (such as source airport/city, trip days or times, currency) - could use session cookies or provide user account login and store favourite routes or mark for alerts. No way to search non-direct flights (if that is out of scope or infeasible, it's okay to keep as it is).
Carlos Valls
Maker
@computingfreak great feedback. Thanks Milind, we are working on the suggestions you mentioned
Braunson Yager
> Unfortunately your direct flights are not available yet on weekendflights. We are really sorry about that. 😞 Flying from YYZ (Toronto Pearson) to NYC or anywhere returning no results. Also it would be nice to select the CAD currency. Also Chrome throws a Not Secure warning because your loading Google Fonts from HTTP vs HTTPS. I've also noticed sometimes the site is super fast, other times it's real slow searching.. The home page autocomplete seems buggy too as sometimes it doesn't show any auto suggestions, other times it does for the same term
Carlos Valls
Maker
@braunshizzle thanks for your comments Braunson. We are doing our best to offer the best user experience possible.
Arsen Hakobian
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