How to Save Time and Money Using Google Flights

How to Save Time and Money Using Google Flights

If you are flexible with when and where you travel, sites like Secret Flying and Airfarewatchdog Fare Deal can help you snag cheap flights.

For those less flexible on dates and destinations, you can save time and money using Google Flights to book airfare.

Instead of constantly checking flight aggregators for deals, simply set price alerts for flights matching your exact criteria. You will receive notifications when the price drops or when Google expects the price to increase.

Use this guide to make the most out of the Google Flights tool!

Also be sure to check out choosing a flight in Plan a Trip: The Ultimate Guide to Stress-Free Travel for additional factors to consider when choosing a flight.

Searching for flights using Google Flights

1. Go to https://www.google.com/flights.

2. Select your ticket type, number of passengers, and fare class.

3. Enter your departure city, destination city, and travel dates.

Searching using Google Flights

Tip: Searching by city includes all nearby airports.

4. Click Search.

5. Filter your results by number of stops, airline, price, departure time, arrival time, layover duration, or flight duration.

Filter your Google Flights search results

Tip: Use the Bags drop-down to include the cost or carry-on and checked bags in the total price.

6. Use the Dates, Price graphs, or Airports options to see cheaper days to fly or cheaper airports.

See cheaper options with Google Flights

Google displays the best departing flights based on your selected criteria. You can also sort this list price, time, or duration.

Sort Google Flights results

7. Click the caret next to a flight to display flight details.

Viewing flight details in Google Flights

Tracking prices using Google Flights

You must be signed into your Google account to start tracking flight prices.

1. After searching for flights, click the Track prices switch to start receiving price alerts for all flights matching your criteria.

Turning on flight tracking

2. To track prices for a specific itinerary, click the caret next to the flight and click Select flight.

If this is a round trip or a multi-city trip, repeat this step to select each flight leg.

Viewing flight details in Google Flights

3. Click the Track prices switch to start receiving price alerts for this itinerary.

Tracking specific flights using Google Flights

4. To view your tracked flights, click the hamburger menu in the top left corner and click Tracked prices.

Viewing tracked flights in Google Flights

From this page, you can view price history, delete alerts, and turn off email notifications. If the price of your tracked flight is expected to increase, Google sends you a notification.

That’s it! You are on your way to finding a great flight!

Before booking, check out Booking your tickets and reservations in Plan a Trip: The Ultimate Guide to Stress-Free Travel for details to keep in mind before clicking Book.

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