Last updated 4 January 2019
Our cookie promise
About this Policy
What are Cookies?
A cookie is a small text file which is placed on your device, via your web browser, at the request of the websites you visit or applications you use and which stores information on your device for a limited period of time.
Some of the cookies we use are removed as soon you leave our site or app, because we don’t need to store this information between visits. By contrast, ‘persistent’ cookies enable our services or tags to recognise you when you make return visits to us, and automatically expire when they reach a specified expiry date unless you delete them earlier. Persistent cookies placed on your device by Skyscanner will never be stored for longer than 2 years from the date of your last visit. There are tools available to check the expiry date on cookies, and this functionality may be provided by your browser.
We also use similar technologies referred to as ‘tags’, ‘tracking pixels’, ‘code snippets’, ‘tracking URLs’ and ‘scripts’ as well as ‘software development kits (SDKs)’ and ‘device identifiers’ in our apps. These technologies are implemented on our services and may be used together with text cookies to enable information to be stored on, or transmitted to and from, the device you use to access Skyscanner.
In this policy we’ll collectively refer to all of these technologies as “Cookies”.
Who controls these Cookies?
Where they are essential in order to deliver our services
These Cookies are essential to the proper functioning of our services. Without them, Skyscanner wouldn’t work. For example, we use tags to record whether or not you go on to complete a booking with a travel supplier that you redirect from Skyscanner to complete a booking with, which is essential in order to enable us to ensure that the links between our platforms are working correctly and to identify and rectify any problems or errors. Cookies allow us to remember information that is essential to determining how your search results are displayed, such as your language and currency preferences. They also enable us to remember your search criteria – such as routes, dates and the number of travellers – as you move between pages and to pass this information to the travel suppliers that you redirect to from Skyscanner.
To optimise and personalise the delivery of our services
To analyse and better understand our services
To deliver advertising
When you first access our services, we ask you to confirm if you’re ok with us using Cookies in line with this policy. If you don’t agree to our use of these technologies, or you change your mind at a later date, you can either withdraw your consent using the methods set out in this policy, alternatively, stop using our services.
Withdrawing consent using your browser or device settings
The easiest way to withdraw your consent to Cookies is via the settings of the browser or device you are using to access our services. Internet browsers such as Chrome, Safari, Firefox, Opera and Edge have settings that allow you to control the way your information is collected and shared. Typically, these browsers allow you to view all the cookies they are storing on your device, delete your cache of cookies, and adjust your preferences for future collection. Guides on how to access and use such functionality are available at https://www.aboutcookies.org.
The downside of using browser or device settings to withdraw your consent is that it will have the effect of disabling many of the Cookies that are essential to enabling our services to function – the impact of this is that some or all of the features and functionality we offer may stop working. Because of this, we would recommend taking a more targeted approach to withdrawing your consent. For example, if you wanted stop Cookies being used for the purposes of serving you interest-based advertisements, then instead of blocking all cookies, you could instead opt-out of these on a case-by-case basis following the steps set out below.
Opting out of Cookies being used for Advertising
You can opt-out of Cookies being used for advertising purposes by deselecting the “Personalise my Ads” option accessible at www.skyscanner.net/privacy-settings or via the Privacy Settings option in the Skyscanner app. This will stop your information being used for advertising purposes by any of the third party advertising solution providers we’ve partnered with (let’s call them “Third Party Ad Solutions”). When you opt-out of or block interest-based advertising that’s delivered by Third Party Ad Solutions, you’ll no longer receive advertisements from those Third Party Ad solutions on Skyscanner or on other websites as you move around web. However, you’ll continue to receive interest-based advertising that’s delivered by us when you’re on our services, for example if you search for a flight from London to New York we may serve you with ads for Hotels in New York.
Many browsers and other third parties provide specialised ad-blocking software, ‘extensions’ or tools that enable you to block the use of all cookies for advertising purposes. If you access our services from an iOS or Android device, you can also control how your information is used for advertising purposes in your device settings.
You can find some helpful information about how to manage and limit your exposure to online interest-based advertising more generally at http://optout.aboutads.info, http://optout.networkadvertising.org and http://youronlinechoices.eu. You can use these services to opt-out of the majority of interest-based advertising on our services. If you would prefer to opt-out on a provider-by-provider basis you can do that by following the instructions by clicking on the expandable layer below.
In addition to the options at www.skyscanner.net/privacy-settings and in the Privacy Settings of the Skyscanner App, you can opt-out of individual Cookies on each device you use to access our services by following the links below.
Please note these opt-out mechanisms use a cookie on your device, and if you clear the cookies from your browser it will ‘forget’ the opt-out.
If you have any questions regarding this policy or would like more information about the cookies used on our websites, please contact us.