You probably would have heard about Google flights- there is a not a thing ever release by Google that has not escaped media scrutiny, and then there are people like me, who only feed on bits and morsels and turn them into articles. As always, Google comes in with something new, and this time we decided that we will try our best not act shocked, alarmed or show even the slightest of emotions being capable of termed as awe.
But who couldn’t be in awe of Google?
Google flight does everything you would expect it to do (Just like every other Google app)-locate flights based on your arrival and departure time, the number of stops etc. and is quintessentially powered by the same technology that powers Kayak and Orbitz (ITA Matrix, developed by MIT whiz kids). Also, it does things you wouldn’t even expect your ever-so-human travel agent could even dream off. Here we provide 7 reasons why you should ditch your impotent travel agents and opt for Google flights now!
1. Does he tell you when the prices are about to skyrocket?
No, he doesn’t but Google flights does. If you are using it on your phone, you will receive notifications that tell you when prices are likely to increase for specific flights. The notifications are only available on specific routes (Which routes? Ask Google!), also they appear without any notice, but they’re a handy way to predict how much time you have left to book before prices jump. Pay attention when you see them!
2. I don’t know where I wanna go!
Let’s say you want to visit Europe but don’t know where you want to go. Just Google “flights to Europe” and click the Flights tab below the search box. A map of the entire continent will pop up, along with prices. You’ll be able to compare how much it would cost to fly to London versus Vienna — and you can even filter the options by the airline of your preference, duration of flight and price your pocket is willing to part with.
3. The cheaper one, eh!
Snuck away in some corner is the option(Just some ecleticism, it is not in the corner but bang in the middle), and tells you the best deals in terms of the rate at which you could get a heart attack i.e. the price and the speed. This would let you (No Google won’t do THAT for you!) decide wether a stop over is needed or a direct flight worth the price. Remember when your travel agent said “If I ever you, I would do this”; Google is doing just the same.
4. A dream trip for one please
Remember the “I am feeling lucky” button that you have never pressed? You would now want to press it even more now! Google will decide on a location based on your previous searches and what’s popular. Also, you will also see a bar graph indiacting which flight will be the cheapest in the near history.
5. A better price please
If you are willing to bend your itineary for the cheaper option, then Google has added a tip button just for you. The tip button tells you about the cheaper options available if you are willing to fly maybe a day prior, a day later, or from a different airport all together.
6. I would like one Jet please!
Decide on the flight you prefer, and then hit “save this itineary option” and then let Google do the talking. It will track the prices for you and Google will send you an email if there is a significant drop in the prices. Also, you can always check on the app on your phone for any change in prices.
7. Maybe 26th, maybe 27th
Google tells you the price of your flight on any given day of the month, while it will highlight the cheaper days in green. Also, Google’s prowess with graphs is quite visible when at the bottom of the page, a graph will tell you when the prices will reportedly increase or decrease with time.