Hopper is a travel startup dedicated to bringing joy and inspiration back to travel through crowdsourcing and big data.

The research and data team at Hopper helps consumers make smart travel choices backed by data and quantitative analysis.

Using our vast datasets, we create reports that make sense of travel news and trends. We build sophisticated tools that allow for flexible searching and offer interactive and information-rich results. We provide a wealth of data about pricing, scheduling, and airlines for every origin-destination combination.

Our aim is to explain and demystify travel, and we use data as our guide.

Marijuana tourism is not as strong in Washington state

Published on July 23, 2014
  • Travel search interest to Seattle was down 2% in week following dispensary opening compared to the same week last year
  • Travel search interest to Denver is still up 20% since January 1st
  • The lack of travel interest may  be due to the threat of a ‘recreational weed shortage’ as only 79 ...
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‘9/11 Security Fee’ increases to $11.20 for roundtrip non-stop

Published on July 22, 2014
‘9/11 Security Fee’ increases to $11.20 for roundtrip non-stop
  • While this is a 140% increase in the fee, it only leads to a less than 2% overall increase in the cost of a typical ticket price, which includes the base fare as well as a host of other taxes flyers are already paying
  • The additional $5.60 consumers will ...
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Travel interest to Cleveland peaked at 192% above average on day of LeBron Jame’s decision

Published on July 17, 2014
Travel interest to Cleveland peaked at 192% above average on day of LeBron Jame’s decision
  • Searches for travel to Cleveland peaked at 192% above average on day of LBJ’s decision
  • Seattle fans are the most excited about the move, with searches for air travel to Cleveland up 390%
  • Miami had very few searches (under 100 a day)

On July 11th, Ohioans celebrated ...

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Domestic Airlines Hiked Up Prices to Take Advantage of US World Cup Fever

Published on July 8, 2014
Domestic Airlines Hiked Up Prices to Take Advantage of US World Cup Fever

With American interest in the FIFA World Cup sky-high as the USMNT advanced to the round of 16, it appears that domestic air carriers sought to profit from potential travel to Brazil.

Early on the day of the US team’s gripping battle with Belgium, American Airlines/US Airways* and United ...

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Which airports will be the most crowded this July 4th?

Published on July 1, 2014
Which airports will be the most crowded this July 4th?

The 4th of July is a popular travel time in the US. We know that air travel for July 4th will be about  60% higher than air travel for Memorial Day this year. Hopper's data science  team decided to analyze what this year's July 4th travel patterns will look like. ...

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Summer Travel Forecast: The Top Destinations, Hotels, and Tips to Save Money

Published on June 23, 2014
Summer Travel Forecast: The Top Destinations, Hotels, and Tips to Save Money

Summary

  • Las Vegas is the most popular domestic destination this summer, followed by Los Angeles, Orlando, Honolulu, San Francisco, Seattle, New York, Chicago, Denver, and Miami
  • The cheapest flights to the top 10 domestic destinations are at the end of August, while end of June and start of September ...
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Where You Can Take Advantage of Delta’s and United’s New Status Rewards Programs

Published on June 20, 2014

Summary

  • On average, United flyers will benefit on 60% of routes under the new program which launches in March 2015
  • After Delta’s SkyMiles policy changes are made in January 2015, 56% of routes will earn more miles
  • Both policies favor short routes that have a higher dollar per mile ...
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Which Airline Has the Most Comfort and Customer Satisfaction Per Dollar?

Published on June 13, 2014
Which Airline Has the Most Comfort and Customer Satisfaction Per Dollar?

Summary

  • Hopper looked at ticket prices, airline fees, customer satisfaction surveys and seat size and pitch to identify the best and worst airlines for different types of travelers (Table 1).
  • Spirit is on average the cheapest U.S. airline (from those analyzed) when no additional fees are incurred for ...
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Most Blogged About Donut Places in America

Published on June 5, 2014
Most Blogged About Donut Places in America

In Honor of Donut Day (June 6th) Hopper's data science team analyzed thousands of travel blogs from across the web and ranked US donut destinations based on the frequency of mentions. We plotted the top donut shops on a map to bring you the Donut States of America! We ...

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Last Minute Fourth of July Travel Deals

Published on May 30, 2014
Last Minute Fourth of July Travel Deals

Summary

  • Overall prices for domestic travel are about 15% higher than last year, but tracking a similar pattern by departure date
  • Air travel for July 4th is over 60% more popular than Memorial Day this year
  • Last minute deals under $200 are still available in select markets (Tables ...
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