You are probably already accustomed to using sites like Expedia, Kayak, and Orbitz when looking for airfare deals, but thanks to a recent redesign, Google Flights is now poised to be a heavy-hitter in the bargain travel game. Unique search capabilities and smart travel tips based on your searches can help save you time and more importantly—money. Below are some of the tool's new features which set it apart from it's competitors.
- Search results are ranked from "best to worst" meaning the first flight result may not be the cheapest, but it will be the best experience based on such factors as departure and arrival times, on-board amenities, and number of stops.
- Google is smart and intuitive and these characteristics have translated into the tool where contextual tips provided by the search engine can save you cash. Google may suggest flying into a regional airport a few miles from a major city if the savings are significant or suggest you plan a long weekend from Friday to Monday rather than Thursday to Sunday if it will make a difference in your airfare.
- Flexible date search—which was removed from other travel sites—is alive and well on Google Flights. If your plans aren't set in stone, this feature can help you determine the best month to plan your trip potentially resulting in major savings.
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