Farechase, Kayak, Mobissimo, Cheapflights traffic up 304%

Travel search engines Farechase, Kayak, Mobissimo, and Cheapflights showed big spikes in traffic in the last six months, Hitwise reported in MediaPost. Kayak visits were up more than 6,000% from October 2004 through April 2005. Farechase showed a 659% increase. Mobissimo grew 350% gain, and Cheapflights was up 56%. The travel market share of visits to those four meta search engines picked up 304% in the first half of 2005, while that of the top five online travel agencies (Expedia, Travelocity, Orbitz, Yahoo! Travel, and CheapTickets) increased by just 11%.