Founded in 2010 and based in San Francisco, CA, Hipmunk offers customers the fastest, easiest way to plan travel. The site and mobile apps save you time by comparing top travel sites so don't have to. The unique display makes it easy to visually compare results and choose what's best for you. Hipmunk offers the most comprehensive travel search, bringing in travel options ranging from commercial flights to trains to charter flights and accommodations ranging from large hotels to home and apartments rentals through Airbnb and Homeaway.
Hipmunk presents search results chronologically by time of day on a single page. Flights are ranked by price, schedule, and "agony", a score based on factors such as duration of the flight and number of stops. The search engine also ranks hotels, filtered by price, reviews, and an "ecstacy" rating. Aside from flights and hotels, the service looks up airbnb results and sorts relevant train routes provided by Amtrak.
The company makes money by collecting commissions for directing flight and hotel purchase traffic to airlines, hotels, and other travel-search sites. For example Orbitz pays Hipmunk its standard rate of $3 per flight sold.
Hipmunk is programmed using Python and Tornado and rents infrastructure from Amazon EC2.