Discover the new MIT map for cheap flights
MIT has developed Escape, a cool new map that will help you easily find cheap flights around the world
We love Google Flights, we love plotting trips, even trips that don’t happen. It’s all the fun of planning, checking flight prices, being pleasantly surprised by bargain prices even far into the calendar. And, hey, sometimes it all works out.
If you’re a travel planner too, you’ll love the new Escape interactive map. Developed by MIT Senseable City Laboratory in Singapore, the new map brings you the cheapest, fastest and most popular flights from any destination. And it’s so cool. You must enter your departure city and your travel dates. Click and you will see a colorful world map with the best options on different continents. Visual learners will also appreciate the color coding. Red indicates the most expensive flights and green the cheapest, so you’ll know immediately which trips are worth pursuing.
Escape is ideal if you know your travel dates or if an unexpected vacation window opens. It also lets you filter by popular destination, flight duration, and easy visas. Geographical selection is also possible. If you’ve always wanted to go to Africa, go to the bottom of the screen and select that continent. You will then be able to see the cheapest destination in each country and find out how much it costs to fly to the different airports in that country.
We found Escape really user-friendly, as most people do. We tried looking for tickets from Bengaluru to Anywhere for the next month, five to 10 nights. Clicked on Asia, then South Asia and found Maldives at Rs 17,454 (Male), along with a note that “15,186 are currently sick”. Clicking on South East Asia gives us Kuala Lumpur in Malaysia at Rs 17k, but 40,000 people show up as currently sick. In Africa, Sohag in Egypt is 31k, while in Europe, Sofia in Bulgaria is 38k.
Searching for exact dates is free, searching “anywhere” for the current month and the next is free; if you want to look beyond that, there are plans you can purchase. The popular Lifetime Plan is 49 US$ (Rs 3,700 approximately).
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