Google Flights offers a great resource to use for many different reasons:
If you know from where and when you want to travel, you can search “everywhere” to see different flight prices around the world. You may be surprised, as sometimes far away destinations can be cheaper than more local destinations. I use this tool to get ideas if I am deciding where to fly.
You can also search by interests. The interests include: adventure travel, beaches, culture, ecotourism, food, honeymoon, islands, nature, outdoor recreation, shopping, wildlife, and winter sports.
Search “any airline” or by alliance-
As opposed to searching each airline individually on their websites, you can search them all at the same time. Also, if you are frequent flyer or have points with a specific airline, you can search by that airline’s alliance.
Search from multiple starting points-
If you are unsure what airport or are planning to fly out of, or you have the flexibility to fly out of various airports, you can enter multiple airports into the origin search box.
If you have flexibility with your departure and arrival dates, you can search a variety of different dates to find the best price. You can search by month and see the price for each day.
Continent or Country-
You can also search by continent or country. This is particularly helpful when flying into Europe from another country. Europe has some budget airlines that can offer cheap transportation once you are in the country. However, flights to Europe can vary significantly in price.
You can set an alert on google flights that will email you when prices go up or down on a particular flight.
Know future prices-
Google flights can let you know if a flight is likely to go up or down in price, allowing you to make a more educated purchase. You can also see a graph of prices for that route.
If you search for a particular flight, Google may recommend a better day to fly that could save a lot of money. They will also recommend the best flights for a particular day.
Arrival and Departure times-
You can also filter by arrival and departure times if you don’t want to be in the airport at crazy hours of the night, or if you need to reach your destination by a certain time.
Search by number of stops-
If you want to spend less time traveling and more time being at your destination, you can limit the number of stops in your search.
You can also choose from different connecting airports if you would prefer to spend your layover in a specific airport.
Google Flights will display potential amenities such as legroom, entertainment, power, and WiFi.
Although I rarely book through Google flights, it is almost always my first stop when researching flight prices or future trips.
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