The internet has revolutionized the way people search for airfare. You can search directly on a particular airline's website, you can use a search engine like Skyscanner, or you can even use an online travel agency like Expedia. While all of those are reputable options, there is one tool that is head and shoulders above the rest: Google Flights.
Have you ever tried searching for anything on Expedia? It's awful. I searched for a flight to New York City and somehow ended up with hotel prices.
I mean look at that page. How many options does one person really need? Not to mention, I can't even tell what is a real search result because there are so many advertisements. It's no wonder people don't have any confidence when booking a flight online.
Now, let's take a look at Google Flights. It is extremely user friendly, easy to navigate, and takes you directly to the airline's website when you're ready to book.
You can start your search by picking your trip, number of passengers, and class of service. Next, type in your departure and arrival city, select your dates, and hit the search button.
I'd like to point out that Google offers suggestions about which days offer the lowest fares as you're selecting your dates. If your schedule is flexible this could potentially save you hundreds of dollars.
Once you have your results you can filter them by stops, price, times, airline and even trip duration.
The only major drawback I've found with Google Flights is that it doesn't return results for flights on Southwest. While that may not affect some of you, I know a lot of people who fly Southwest. My solution: If you think you can get a better deal on Southwest just pull up their website and take a quick look.
Once you've selected your flight, you can view the details of your trip. It'll show you travel time, layovers, aircraft, legroom and other flight amenities.
At the bottom of the page it also lists any baggage fees associated with the airline you've selected.
If you're not ready to pull the trigger on your flight right away, you can use Google Flights price tracking to keep an eye on that particular fare or even share it with a travel companion.
My favorite Google Flights feature has got to be their "Explore" option. Just plug in the dates you'd like to travel and it'll show a map of all the cities around the world and the lowest cost to get you there.
Since a lot of my travel destinations are dictated by price I find myself "exploring" quite a bit. This is actually how I scored my tickets to Beijing, China.
Almost all of my trips start out with a search on Google Flights. It's extremely user friendly and offers some great features. Next time you need to book a flight, make sure to start you search using Google Flights.
Are you using Google Flights to search for your airfare?