Google Flights is a travel search engine that finds flights based on your preferred flight times and layovers. Here are some of the engine’s tricks to make travel booking even easier.
Set notifications for rising prices. If prices are likely to increase for specific flights, you can get pop-up alerts to let you know you should book ASAP.
Search flights for a general region. You can search for European flights and get a map of the continent that shows different costs to different cities. Or filter it by airline, price and duration of the flight.
Try your “luck.” You can choose a map within Google Flights, pick your departure location and hit “I’m feeling lucky” to see what’s popular and when flights will be cheapest.
Find the best combo of price and speed. Choose the “best flights” box to decide whether a nonstop flight is worth the extra cost or whether it’s better to have a layover.
See which days on the calendar have the lowest price. See what your trip will cost on any day of the month, with the lowest prices highlighted in green.
Use money-saving tips. The “tip” bar lets you see how much you’d save if you took a flight at a different time or from a different airport.
Monitor price changes. If you find a flight you like, you can save your itinerary and use the Google Now app to track the pricing. You will get an email if prices fall.
— Adapted from “7 Google Flights Tricks That Are Better Than Any Travel Agent,” Suzy Strutner, The Huffington Post.