Google Flights is ready to help you travel across the world by plane. How do other travel sites view this. Is Google Flights an actual viable competitor or just another attempt of Google at world domination that will end up in their failed ideas scrap pile?
Google just launched Google Flights Search, an attractive, intuitive, lightning fast airline search tool; it may well be your new default destination when you’re looking for a flight.
The search results are nearly instantaneous (most travel sites make you slog through the “searching airlines” intermediary screen); results display on a Google Map in a way that’s actually useful; it’s got an impressive, easy-to-use interface; and it also includes powerful filtering tools to help you find tickets matching preferences like non-stop, duration, price, and especially handy, a tool to help you find the cheapest flight by duration when you’ve got flexible travel dates. After a few initial comparisons, Google Flights Search also looks like it’s returning the same “lowest fare” as sites like Hipmunk.
Google debuted its Flight Search yesterday, which launches for a select group of U.S. cities that will have various airline search options displayed in a familiar Google Maps style format. The beta Flight Search isn’t really presenting the online world with a new way to track flight data, but it is filling a gap in the otherwise fairly solid Google tool lineup, and is pretty handy for people accustomed to using Google and its tools for their every day Internet needs. Though where it seems to simply be filling a gap, Google Flights has all of Google’s tools that it could integrate into a future update of the service, making the potential of Google Flights much more interesting than the current, fairly standard version.
Simply head to Google Flights and type in the starting and destination point, and Google will do its magic and quickly provide a bunch of information, including the different airlines, airports, how many tickets are still available on which flight, and how much each ticket costs. As one can see below, the service also provides various filters to help a potential traveler refine their flight options.
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