When we clicked the option to track prices it took us to the window below. You will note that it will now begin tracking prices for the flight indicated below. The email notification is set to "on" and Google Flights will send me an email when prices of this flight change. You can turn off the email notification if you don't want to receive emails. Finally, when you track your flights you are able to see them across all of your devices so you do not need to search again.
If you would like to share your itinerary with someone click the "share" box. A new window will pop up with your choices.
I chose the "email" option. Another window popped up for me to add the email address and any comments I had.
Now returning back to where we selected "show flights," this time we will select "show hotels." The image shows a map and a list of hotels on the left.
The red dots are links to the hotels and you are able to click those and go directly to the hotel’s website for booking. Or, you can select a hotel from the list and book your hotel that way. Again, the downfall here is that you cannot book your hotel directly from Google Flights. The map is a nice feature. You can zoom in and see exactly where the hotel is. If you want to be closer to the water or the mountains, you can choose based on looking at the map and where the hotel is located.
Because each booking is actually done outside of Google Flights you will have multiple itineraries to manage: flight, hotel and car. Many other sites allow you to book all three right on one site and you get one itinerary with all items included.
Another great feature is this search engine automatically keeps track of your previous destinations. So if you go to one place frequently you can easily find it in "Your Previous Destinations."
Pros and Cons
Google Flights is very fast. We tried it on different computers with varying internet connection speeds and it did not affect the speed that the information pops into view.
The site is visually eye catching and easy to navigate. The "Discover Trips" tab is a great tool if you want to travel but you are not sure where to go. The pictures of the destinations are very enticing and you could find yourself on a great adventure.
Near or far, beach or mountains, Google Flights has the power to help you book the perfect vacation or business trip. It is not just limited to North America – there are trips for the world over. While there is no booking tool on the site, it does have direct links to the airlines and hotels for bookings through the actual providers. There are a lot of powerful tools and versatility on this site.
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