Over 1.95 million people fly on a plane in the U.S. every single day. Often times it feels like you are gambling when booking a flight due to the constant price changes. I have heard the best days to buy plane tickets are Sundays and Tuesdays. And tickets purchased about 57 days in advance have the cheapest fares, according to Airlines Reporting Corp. via The Wall Street Journal. Fortunately, Google Flights has a new feature that can help you find the best deals on plane tickets.
Google said it wants to make travel planning less stressful “by updating you when flights are likely to increase in price.” Google Flights will now show you when prices could increase for specific flights and routes. The fare predictions are based on historical flight data. There is also a “Tips” feature that recommends alternate dates and airports to find even lower prices.
When you search for a flight itinerary, a notification will appear that shows when the current fare is expected to expire and what the savings are if you book now. Google Flights users can set up email notifications that shows the price changes and expected price changes of the searched itinerary. And if you do not have a specific destination in mind, then you can tap on the “Explore” section to review popular destinations.
Another handy Google Flights feature is the ability to track and manage saved flights. The saved flights sync between the desktop and mobile versions of the website so you can make travel plans on the go.
What about searching for hotels on Google? Google already allows you to search for hotel rates and make reservations, but a new filter feature has been added. “We already label deals when a hotel’s price is lower than usual compared to historical pricing, or if there are discounts to the normal rate for those dates. Now if you want to only look at hotel deals — say, to ring in the new year in Paris — just tap in the upper left to filter for Deals and voilà!” said Google in a blog post. And Google will also notify you when savings are available to loyalty members on a hotel’s website.
Google also launched a mobile app called Trips last month. The Google Trips app provides activity suggestions based on your location. Travel reservations are gathered from Gmail and organized into individual trips with things to do and restaurant suggestions. To make international travel easier, Google Trips is available offline too. Last year, I wrote about Google Flights adding a calendar and bar graph feature that allows users to scroll through every month and see the lowest fare highlighted every day — which can be very handy if you are looking for the best plane ticket prices.
You may not see some of the new Google Flights features right away because Google is rolling them out over the next few weeks. Unfortunately, Google does not have standalone apps for Google Flights so you have to activate the feature by searching for “flights” on the search engine or going to google.com/flights directly.
What are your thoughts about the new Google Flights features? Do you use Google Flights to make travel plans? Please leave a comment!
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