Google Flights now further integrates with Google Travel to show you when to visit, what you’ll pay and where to stay. See the details below.
Google Flights has several features that make it one of the best travel sites to find great deals.
I use Google flights all the time and save unbelievable amounts of money when booking these flights. Some of these fare the last few months have been going from the USA to Europe for under $500 round trip with some fares as cheap as $350. My son is flying a direct flight from SEA (Seattle to London) on Virgin Air for under $400 round trip in May.
There are many filters you can use with google flights such as flexible dates, non-stop flights only, airport close to you and one way flights. With the flexible option you can find the cheapest flight to any country in the world for the next six months.
How to Use Google Flights to Track, Map Cheap Flights and Compare Prices
1 How to Use Google Flights to Save Money
2 Track Prices
3 Explore Maps
4 Price Compare
Since Flights launched in 2011, Google has made gradual improvements to its site design as well as its algorithm. Instead of being just a place you go to see airfare prices, Google Flights is now fully integrated into Google Travel to give one a one-stop shop to plan your trip. I have a few trips planned that I booked directly with airlines and hotels and low and behold they are coming up on google travel with all my information about the flights and hotels.
The site now has some of the best online travel tools for fliers looking to book a getaway. Here are some of the new features on Google:
When to visit, what you’ll pay & more: When you’re considering a destination, if you want a hotel, Google Flights will take you to Google Travel, the site’s trip planning feature, in one click. It now tells you when to visit, what you’ll pay and more. Just click on the Hotels button and you’ll see a toggle that looks like this:
• Nearby airports & change dates pop-up: Google will now show you a pop-up of a nearby airport if it’s cheaper. They’ll also alert you when you should change dates for a cheaper airfare. Google Flight users have had the functionality to change flights and nearby airports for a while now, but the pop-ups are new. Here’s what those look like:
• Destinations: Google Travel combines your flight information with destination information and suggested things to do and where to eat.
• Price insights on most trips: Once you choose a trip, Google Flights will show if what you’re paying for airfare is high, low or typical.
• Added map functionality: You can also access your flight and hotel reservations via Google Maps, so it’s all in one place when you arrive at your destination.
There are more features to know, and we will highlight them as we get deeper into Google Flights. Now let’s talk about how the site can save you money on airfare.
How to Use Google Flights to Save Money
As you probably know, all sites that advertise cheap airfare aren’t always the cheapest. That’s where Google Flights can helpThe resource shows you flights from most of the major carriers, but not all of them. You can’t find Southwest Airlines fares on Google Flights. Some budget airlines like Ryanair are also excluded from the site.
But don’t worry: Google Flights allows you to search plenty of airlines to take you all over the world. Clara has expert advice for finding the best deals on Google Flights:
“My tip: Frequently hit the RESET button to the left of the date entry boxes. Even when you do see a great fare, hit RESET again. The calendar may adjust with an even lower fare.”
Now let’s get into how you can bring your airline ticket costs down when searching for a flight route.
Sign up for “Track Prices” on Google Flights to save big money on airfare. When you toggle that button (you must be signed into your Google account), Google will send you weekly airfare alerts if the price drops.
This means that without having to do any more strenuous research, Google will help you find the cheapest prices for the selected flight route you chose. You can also view all the prices you’re tracking on one page.
To take advantage of this next feature, you’ll need to be on a desktop — not your cell phone.
If you type in your departure city, but leave the “Where to?” box blank, a map will appear. This map will show you the price of airfare from your originating city you selected to several cities across the United States.
This is a great way to find cheap airfare as well as new destinations for a vacation!
Price comparisons used to be the domain of travel agents, but Google Flights makes it simple: To see price comparisons of airfare, you have to enter in your departing and arrival city and the dates.
Click on “Date Grid” and this will pull up a calendar view. This will show you price fluctuations based on which day of the week you choose to fly.
Prices in green are among the cheapest for that week, while red prices indicate the most expensive airfare.
The awesome thing about Google Flights is that if gives you the functionality to compare routes, prices, times, airlines, and more all in one place. But it’s not perfect: As a recap, here are four things that Google Flight won’t do:
• Unlike some sites, Google Flights won’t make a habit of showing you mistake fares
• As we mentioned, some cheap flights won’t be included because the site doesn’t index all airlines
• Also, those with privacy hangups might not like the fact that you have to be logged onto Google to get the site’s full benefits
• And finally — and this is a big one for many people — since it’s a flights search engine and not an online travel agency, Google Flights doesn’t let you book airfare directly on its site. Rather, you can book directly with the airlines through Google Flights.
Bottom line: Google Flights works best as an airfare search and research tool. Once you fill in your travel dates and choose your flight, it will show you a “Select” button that forwards you to the appropriate airline’s website, where you can book.