If you choose “Show flights” an expanded list of flight options pops up and you can then select your outbound flight. By the same token, if you select “Show hotels,” a list of hotels pops up with a corresponding map to show where the hotels are located.
Just follow the prompts and you can plan your vacation getaway in just a few minutes.
If you already know your exact dates, destination and desired lodging, you do not need to use the Discover Destinations section. You just fill in all the appropriate information in the home screen and proceed from there. The screen shot at the right shows that I chose Cancun and immediately a list of available flights popped up.
From the list of flights you can select the ones you want by price or schedule. When you do, another window will pop up showing the roundtrip flights.
Right beneath your flight selections are the choices you have concerning the flight. You can book it directly with the airline carrier. You can track the price of this particular destination to see if the fares go down. You can also share this itinerary with a friend. One major downfall of this site is that you cannot book your flights directly from Google Flights. There is a link that takes you to the airline carrier’s website.
The link is the price in the blue box; $844 in this example. Clicking the price opened a new window took me to the American Airlines site to book the flight. The positive thing is it saved my exact flights and transferred it to American so there was no need to search again.
When you finally choose a trip and select your flights, Google Flights will give you some tips if there are better options. These tips could possibly save you money or time.
At the home page there is a drop down menu in the top left, under the red dot. You can explore the map, change the currency or language, and most importantly, there is a help button if you need assistance. Photo: Google Flights
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