If you know me, you know I love Google Flights! I find it totally user friendly and there are a bunch of features that make it amazing that you probably don’t even know about!
1. Search By General Region:
This is super handy when you aren’t exactly sure where you want to go. You can simply google “flights to South America” and flight the Flights tab below the search box. This will generate a map with different pins and prices for flights to each spot. This makes it super easy to compare costs to different places and find something that fits into your budget!
2. Monitor Flight Costs:
Download the Google Flights ap to your phone and you’ll get notifications telling you when prices are likely to increase for specific flights you have alerts on. It’s super handy for when you’re trying to decide if you should book that flight now or hold out a few days to see what happens to the price.
3. Feel Lucky with Google:
Sometimes I like doing this just for fun, you can select “I’m feeling lucky” have have Google suggest flights for you. Sometimes you’ll be surprised at what comes up and how affordable some places that you haven’t thought to go may actually be!
4. Which Airline Is Most Affordable:
I find it so stressful trying to compare different airlines, layovers and connections when booking flights. One of my favourite parts about Google is that it does the heavy work for you. When you search a flight the results come up with the top pick highlighted, helping you see your most affordable option and allowing you to explore others easily from there.
5. Monthly Cost Fluctuations:
I love when you’re searching for a flight and selecting your departure and arrival dates that a two month calendar comes up with the cost of that specific flight on each day. The cheapest days are highlighted in green and I’ve found that you can usually jump ahead to almost a year looking at cost projections.
6. Helpful Tips from Google:
When you’re searching for flights you’ll often notice little “Tip” boxes appear with hints like leaving two days later may save you $200, or that you may have a flight with no connections if you leave in the evening instead of the morning.
7. Track Flights:
Once you’ve narrowed down a flight, or two, that you’re interested in you can save them to your itinerary. By doing so Google will start tracking the cost of the flight each day and alert you as the price fluctuates. You can set alerts to basically however you want: none, emails, notification nudges, etc.