Google Flights, which was initially launched in 2011, has been re-launched, offering new exciting features to both the decided and the undecided traveler. Similar to most flight-comparing sites, Google Flights opens an array of available fares and flight options.
There has been a lot of rumors about Google's interest in launching a redesigned search function that emphasizes more on flights. Google has finally launched the service, which aims to provide users with as much data, suggestions and help as possible: when you should fly, where you should fly and with whom you should fly.
Various search patterns done over Google Search in the past showed that more than half of the users wanted to go somewhere but were undecided where they wanted to go. It is also no secret that the most important factor in arriving at a decision is the travel cost. With this in mind, finding great travel deals may require a lot of patience, search know-how and, of course, luck.
However, there's more to just finding a cheap flight to say that one has found a good deal. In reality, a great deal means finding the right flight at a good price. Some of the things to consider when looking for a good flight include the number of stopovers, inclusion of perks such as an overnight stay in a hotel and maybe even free booking adjustments (change of flight date, flight schedule, airline).
Another feature of Google Flights is that it offers helpful tips to travelers so they can save more. These include suggestions on departing a day or two earlier to get significant savings on airfare, or catching a cheaper flight in a particular destination.
Google has also added some new "buttons" to the flight search known as "save" and "share." This feature could come in handy when the person has found a flight but needs to consult things first with family or friends before finalizing a booking. However, Google hopes that users try to avoid using the feature whenever they can.
"There is always a chance that your fare will go down, but it's unlikely," said Eric Zimmerman, a Google product executive. "People sit there and agonize and they really should just buy those tickets." His best advice is when a person sees a good fare, he should book it since the price will almost certainly go up.