Cheap airfares: Google Flights helps you snag the best by predicting price changes

Knowing when the price could go up—or down—could save you serious cash.

Everyone wants cheap airfares, and Google Flights is adding new tools to help you buy smarter—whether it's adjusting your itinerary or holding out for a better deal.

Google Flights will show you several new alerts depending on where you are in the booking process. If you’re just starting to search, Google Flights will display tips (shown as tiles on mobile) that may recommend trying alternate airports or different travel dates. Click any tip to get greater detail, such as when the price is likely to increase.

If you’ve already selected a specific flight, Google Flights can show you alerts about when the fare is likely to increase. This can help you buy smarter, but it can also increase the pressure to buy if the price is expected to change in a matter of hours.

googleflightsalerts

Finally, Google Flights provides email notifications for tracking a flight, with alerts on predicted price jumps.

On top of the new price prediction alerts, Google Flights is adding a deals filter to hotel searches. Also, a new Explore tab will help you figure out where you’d like to spend your next vacation.

Why this matters: Any travel site can help you sift for cheap fares, but the price prediction tool takes it a step further by providing insight into the mysterious, black art of airfare pricing. This is a good thing for consumers, but it could also be a good thing for airlines, if the pricing trends push people to buy now.

Join the newsletter!

Error: Please check your email address.
Rocket to Success - Your 10 Tips for Smarter ERP System Selection

Tags Google

Keep up with the latest tech news, reviews and previews by subscribing to the Good Gear Guide newsletter.

Ian Paul

PC World (US online)
Show Comments

Most Popular Reviews

Latest Articles

Resources

PCW Evaluation Team

Ben Ramsden

Sharp PN-40TC1 Huddle Board

Brainstorming, innovation, problem solving, and negotiation have all become much more productive and valuable if people can easily collaborate in real time with minimal friction.

Sarah Ieroianni

Brother QL-820NWB Professional Label Printer

The print quality also does not disappoint, it’s clear, bold, doesn’t smudge and the text is perfectly sized.

Ratchada Dunn

Sharp PN-40TC1 Huddle Board

The Huddle Board’s built in program; Sharp Touch Viewing software allows us to easily manipulate and edit our documents (jpegs and PDFs) all at the same time on the dashboard.

George Khoury

Sharp PN-40TC1 Huddle Board

The biggest perks for me would be that it comes with easy to use and comprehensive programs that make the collaboration process a whole lot more intuitive and organic

David Coyle

Brother PocketJet PJ-773 A4 Portable Thermal Printer

I rate the printer as a 5 out of 5 stars as it has been able to fit seamlessly into my busy and mobile lifestyle.

Kurt Hegetschweiler

Brother PocketJet PJ-773 A4 Portable Thermal Printer

It’s perfect for mobile workers. Just take it out — it’s small enough to sit anywhere — turn it on, load a sheet of paper, and start printing.

Featured Content

Latest Jobs

Don’t have an account? Sign up here

Don't have an account? Sign up now

Forgot password?