Google Flights beats other travel search sites
Are you planning a trip? Google flights can be the second best solution for a travel agent. It combines some of the best features of travel services like Kayak and Hopper, including analysis of past data, to help you determine when to book a flight.
Here are seven reasons why you should check out Google Flights again before your next trip.
Enter your dates, places of departure and arrival, and Google Flights will return your fares almost immediately. Would you like to see how the fares change if you change your dates slightly? Just click on the left and right arrows in each date picker. Again, the tariff data are updated almost immediately. This is in stark contrast to most travel websites I've used so far, where even the smallest changes require completely new searches and comparatively slow updates.
It identifies the best offer
When looking for airline tickets, look for the one in green. This is the flight that Google has identified as the best deal. It's a small thing, but also a practical time saver. Note, however, that this flight is not always included in the "Best Flights" box, which is the best combination of price and time of flight.
To save green, look for the green marked flight.
It finds money saving alternatives
After inserting your travel details, look below the large blue box to select an outbound flight. You can see an option to save money by choosing a different date or another airport. Click on the small pull-down to see all available tips for this trip. (Not all of them are saving money: you will often see the price of upgrading to first class as well.)
In other money-saving news, flights now show whether options such as overhead parking space, seat selection and checked-in luggage are included or cost extra. (At the moment this information is only available for American, Delta and United flights.)
You can track your travels
If you do not want to book right now Google Flights can keep track of your selected dates, routes, and other parameters, and send you a notification by email if there is a price change. Just click on the track prices button. It's as easy as it gets. To manage the different flights you are tracking, click on the Menu icon and then on Tracked Prices.
Google recently extended this feature beyond the desktop, as it is now available on your phone.
If you really care about the tracking element, you should also check out Google Trips.
Strong evidence that this could be the best (that is, the cheapest) time to book your flight.
It can tell you if it's a good time to book.
Google Flights is now analyzing historical price data, as mentioned before, to decide whether to book now (or if not now, soon). For example, if you are viewing a route but have not yet selected a particular flight, Flights may display a pop-up notification that indicates an expected price jump - and when it is likely to do so.
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See how much cheaper it is to fly to Fort Lauderdale than West Palm Beach!
It helps you to fly regionally
Suppose you want to make a trip to Europe, but you are not particularly picky in which city. Use the Google Explore Destinations option, which displays a map and displays fares for the selected dates. You may discover that flying to London is cheaper than going to Paris.
It can predict flight delays
When you search for a particular flight, Google displays known delays. However, after a recent update, this information now includes reasons for these delays and delaying predictions. flights.google.com
The latter is based on historic flight status data, which Google uses to "predict some delays, even if this information is not yet available from airlines". These delays, however, are only displayed when a True