In a field of heavily marketed brands such as Expedia and Kayak, Skyscanner sets itself apart with its 1,200 travel partnerships around the globe - including both major airlines and low-cost carriers - and a unique algorithm that finds creative cost-saving flight combinations. The site draws 50 million unique users a month with a primary focus on finding the cheapest flights. It redirects users to the supplying airline’s page for booking, making a small commission from each referral. Started in the rolling hills of Scotland in 2001, Skyscanner has a major presence in Europe and now Asia, primarily through a partnership with Yahoo! Japan and offices in Singapore and China, in Beijing and Shenzhen. Now, the bargain-flight company is stretching its reach to the Americas, too, from its regional headquarters in Miami. But the Americas, and particularly the North American market, is a new challenge for Skyscanner, which is used to working in the more fragmented European market, said Henry Harteveldt, a travel industry analyst at Atmosphere Research in San Francisco. Get the full story at the Miami Herald