7 Google Flights Hacks To Find Cheap Flights In 2022 | How To Use Google Flights To Find Cheap Flights

You just cannot ignore Google Flights when it comes to getting the cheapest Airfare.


You can Google cheap flights and Google will show you bunch of results but this Google Flights tool give you more control on your searches

Google Flights offers so many hacks to help you find cheap flight tickets, even for business class

  1. Use the incognito mode of the browser to do all the research.
  2. Open the map view
  3. Instead of a specific destination, enter the country or multiple places
  4. Use flexible dates option
  5. Scan through the results on the price graph  and select the best as per your need

Easier said than done? Keep reading for step by step guide to saving money on air travel using Googleflights

Also, I have shared a hack using which you can use Google Flights Web as Mobile App!!



GoogleFlights



    What is Google Flights?

    GoogleFlights website is an Online flight search platform (metasearch engine) from Google. 

    It does not have a booking facility, it will search the flight rates across the service providers, and based on your choice, it will take you to the respective provider's website for booking.

    The providers could be the actual flight operators or Online booking agents.

    How to use Google Flights to find cheap flights in 2022?

    Follow these Google Flight hacks to get the best out of this very helpful Google flight tool.

    You can quickly watch this 2min video if you are new to Google flights, the post below shares the 7 advanced hacks to get cheapest airfare.


    Note: By default Economy class is selected, if you want to travel Premium Economy, Business or First class, select it accordingly from the dropdown just above your Origin Destination selection.

    The hacks mentioned below are applicable to all class of travel.

    For the ease of understanding, lets see if actually these hacks work, hence I will be applying these techniques on Google Flights from Houston to Dallas.

    Hack#1 Google Flights Explore (Multi Airport Function)

    How to use Flights Google explorer?

    To explore/search flights Google,

    Navigate to Google flights

    Enter the Origin

    Note: You can enter multiple locations, 7 to be specific, in Origin and Destinations. 

    Type the first destination name, click on the + symbol, type another name, and check the box.

    This will get you the best rate if you are flexible about boarding the plane from any origin or landing in any destination airport.



    GoogleFlights Origin



    Enter Destination location



    Google Floghts-destination



    Once you select dates and submit, results will appear with the cheapest option on the top.

    Eg: Lets say your origin in Houston is William P Hobby Airport (HOU) and destination in Dallas is Dallas Love Field Airport (DAL), the cheapest flight will cost you around $490.

    Now, add George Bush International airport to you origin and Dallas Fort Worth International Airport to destination, the ticket cost reduces to $234!!

    Hack#2 Google Flights Calendar 

    How to use Google Flight Calendar?

    Click on the from date, an airfare calendar view will appear showing the cost of tickets on each date of the month selected.


    GoogleFlights calendar



    Note: Google Flights Calendar is your first point where you can look for cheap airfare without hitting the enter button.

    If you do not find the cheapest ticket, scroll to next month. 


    Note: The dates in the search range will be highlighted with the background color.

    Googleflights-calendar



    Click on Done & Google will start searching for flights.

    The flights' results page will be displayed where you can apply filters like # stops, Airlines, Bags, prices, etc.

    Google Flights Results


    Hack#3 Google Flights Alert

    How to use Google Flights Alert?

    If you turn on the slider beside Track Prices, you will receive an email whenever there is a drastic change in price.

    Make the tool work for you while you take care of other stuff!


    Google-flights-flight-tracker


    Also popularly known as Google Flights Price Tracker, You can use the Flights Tracking option (Google flight watch) in case you want to be alerted when there is a change in the price.

    This is an excellent feature in case you want to get the cheapest flight between the Origin & Destination with no date constraints.

    Whenever there is a price change, Google will send you an email on your registered mail id.

    Google flights price tracker is one of the best tools in Budget Traveler's kit to keep watch on airfares!

    Hack#4 Google Flights Grid:

    How to use Google Flights Date Grid view?

    You can also click on the Date grid to see the price in a Grid form. This is an excellent view and you can adjust your travel dates accordingly.

    Also, you get to see the full month in one shot!

    Google floghts-grid-date



    This GoogleFlightMatrix is a very convenient way to see the price in a 2x2 matrix where on top are days and on right are the dates. I find it very helpful.

    Eg. Your flight from Houston to Dallas for Friday, returning on Sunday comes as $240 where as if you click on the Date Grid view, you can immediately see that the flight cost is just $178 if you start on a Thursday and return on a Monday!

    Hack#5 Google flights price graph 

    How to use Google Flights price graph?

    Nothing can beat the Google Flights Price graph when it comes to comparing the rates. 

    You can select the cheapest rates (smallest line in the price graph) from here for that date range.

    google flights-Price-Graph


    Eg. If your flight from Houston to Dallas shows as taller bar among the tiny bars,  Just click on the tiniest bar and you just saved some $$!

    Once you are done selecting the best price, it will display the Best departing flights. 

    Flights are ranked based on the best tradeoff between price and convenience.

    GoogleFlights_Departing

    Click on the flight that best suits your needs, it will bring up Return flight data in case you have selected a return flight.

    Now your flight details will be displayed based on your selection. 

    Note: If you want to track this flight combination, slide the Track Price slider to enable the tracking.

    You will get two booking options:

    Book on Google with the provider

    Book with the provider

    GoogleFlights BookingOptions


    In both the case, you will be booking with the provider and post-booking, all the support will be provided by the provider.

    GoogleFliy_BookWithGoogle

    Continue entering your personal details, booking details, etc, and complete the payment.

    Enjoy your trip!!


    Hack#6 Google Flights Search Anywhere (Map view)

    How to use Google Flights Search Anywhere or Map View?

    Ever felt like just packing your bags and go out anywhere in the world?

    Is the flight cost stopping you from taking on this adventure?

    Worry not, here is a Google Flights Hack to get you the cheapest destination anywhere in the world!

    You can click on Explore link on the left-hand side of Google Flights home page and it will display a Map where you can check the price displayed on the map.

    The Google flights map is also displayed if you enter your Origin and dates and click on the Search button. 

    The map will display the price from your Origin.

    Google flights search anywhere



    Another way to get to the flight map view is from the Google flights home page. 

    Just scroll down and click on the flight map and it will take you to the page from where you can book flights by selecting the places from the map.

    Wear your voyager hat and start exploring!

    How does Google Flights Explore Maps work?

    1. Just Enter your location (location from you will be getting on the flight)

    2. Enter the destination (you can enter a continent, a country, or a place)

    Note: Multiple destinations not allowed, that would have been a cool feature... or in fact, two options: Domestic and International would have been great. 

    On selecting it would have displayed all the domestic cheapest options. (if you enter no destination, this is what it will return based on your from location)


    On selecting International, it would have returned cheapest options all over the world.


    3. In the date field, select flexible dates and give a range to get the best deal.

    4. Check out the price tags on your destination and select the one most suited for you.


    Out of box suggestion for Google: 

    Adding space travel as one of the options will make Google Flights future-ready 😝

    How to use filters on Google Flights Explore Maps to get what is good for you

    You can add the following filters:

    1. Price: Use the slider below the search section to set the maximum amount you are willing to spend on this adventure travel.

    2. Number of Stops: If you do not want to waste time waiting to catch the connecting flight.

    3. Travel Mode: You can select destinations that need travel by Car after landing at an airport.

    4. Interests: You can select Popular, Outdoors, Beaches, Museums, History, Skiing in case you have any preference.

    5. Airlines: You can set your preference if you have any on flights.

    6. Bags: You can select the carry-on bags allowed.

    7. Duration: If you don't want very long flights, you can set duration here.


    Hack#7 Google flights flexible dates

    How to put Flexible dates on Google Flights ?

    Google flights flexible dates are one of the best hacks to save a lot of money on your flight tickets.

    This will work only if you are fine with moving your travel dates based on the cheapest airfare.

    This option is not visible in the normal Flight booking view.

    How to Search Google Flights With Flexible Dates

    Google Flights will make you work to get to this awesome tool 😀

    In case you are wondering how to do flexible dates on google flights, here is what you need to do

    The flexible Dates Google flights option is not visible in the normal Flight booking view. 

    It is available on the date control of Map view.

    Click on Explore link on the left-hand side of Google Flights.

    It will pop up a Map where the price of the flights is displayed on the map.

    The flight map is also displayed once you enter Origin and dates, click on the Search button. 

    The map will display the price from the place you selected in Origin.

    Google-flighta-Map


    One more way to get the flight map is from the home page of Google flights. 

    From the Map View, click on the date input box.

    Google-flight-Search anywhere

    You will be presented with two options,

    "Specific dates" i.e you have already decided on what dates you will be traveling, or 

    "Flexible Dates" in case you want to select dates based on flight rates.

    Google-flight-flexible-dates



    Note: Google flight's hacks can definitely save some money for you.

    Booking Flights through Google

    Once you are happy with the flight fare, click on it and Google Flight will give you booking options , it could be 
    1. Directly at the airline booking site
    2. Book with a travel agent (online).

    Why does Google say book with a travel agent?

    Googleflight is not a booking portal, its simply an online flight search engine.

    Hence it asks you to book with a travel agent or directly at the airline booking site!

    When to use which Google Flights hack?

    With so many hacks, you may get confused when to use which hack to get maximum benefit. 

    Here is my take on how to use these hacks.

    Hack # Hack Name When To Use
    1 Google Flights Explorer You are fine to take flight from other nearby airports
    2 Google Flights Calendar You are fine to adjust your travel as per the cheapest airfare date
    3 Google Flights Alert You want cheap flight but don't want to track it regularly
    4 Google Flights Grid You want to see cheapest return flight days within the selected travel dates
    5 Google Price Graph You like graphical view and want to see the price rate trend
    6 Google Flights Map View(Google Flights search anywhere) You are fine to travel to any destination in the world that has the cheapest flight tickets
    7 Google Flights Flexible Dates You want Google to find the cheapest flight dates across a date range or otherwise

    Are you getting a good deal from Google Flights?

    No matter how much research we do, this question always lingers at back of our mind,

     "Is this the best deal?"

    Well, Google Flights try to give you some assurance by displaying the price trend in Booking details section (scroll down after selecting your flights)

    Google Flights Best Deals


    This price slider indicates at what level (low or high) you are getting the flight ticket you selected.

    This slider is based on the historical price of the flight in the route you selected.

    Google Flight booking options

    Once you have navigated to Google.com/travel/flights, you will see multiple options to search for the flights. These options are right on top of the booking site.

    The table below summarizes it.

    Journey Type  #Passengers Class of Travel
    Round Trip Adult Economy
    One Way Minors (2-11) Premium Economy
    Multi City Infants in seat Business
    Infants on lap First

       

    Google Flights One way

    You have the option of searching either return journey tickets or one way ticket.

    On the ticket booking screen, the first option (drop down) allows you to select Google Flights One way or return journey ticket.

    At times Google Flights One Way tickets are cheaper but most of the time I have found Google flights return journey to be cheaper.

    Multi city Flights

    In case you plan not to return from the same city where you landed, Google flight provides you multi city flights option.

    Eg. You started from SFO & land in NYC. From there you go till Chicago by car. Now you want to return back to SFO, here multi city flights will come handy.

    Benefits of booking Multi city flights

    You don't have to enter same data multiple times.

    Cons of booking Multi city flights

    You may find round trips or flights from other carrier to be better priced as compared to multi city, but there may be some exceptions.

    How to Use Google Flights to book business class flights?

    Well, all the steps are same for booking business class or first class or Premium economy. 

    Just select the class from the dropdown and Google flights will show you results for that class.

    Note: Since Business class and First class flight tickets cost more, you may be better off using your flight points or using credit cards that offer great cashbacks.

    Google Flights Tracking

    By Google Flights Tracking you mean Tracking the flight arrival/departure status or The flight price change tracker?

    Tracking the flight arrival/departure status

    In this case, to track your flight, you will have to visit the Airlines website and enter your reference number and other details to track the flight.

    Google Flight does not have a Flight Tracker as Google is not an air service provider, its a search engine.

    You can always search a flight status and Google search engine will return results that will help you track your flight, but that is not Google Flight tracker, its just Google search result!!

    Google Flight Price Tracker

    In this case, you will have to navigate to Google flights, click on the 3line on the left top corner and click on Tracked Flight Prices.

    In case you have set a price alert, you will find it here.

    Does Google Flights have an App?

    No, Google Flights do not have an App, for any of the mobile platforms namely  Apple or Android or Windows mobile platform.

    The only way to access Google flights at the time of writing this post was via a browser.

    How to use Google Flights web as an App?

    If you frequently use Google Flights on your mobile and find it inconvenient to fire up Google flight every time, there is a hack to avoid such inconvenience.

    1. Open Google Chrome on your mobile.

    2. Click on the three dots on right hand side and select "Add to Home Screen"

    Voila!!  You have Google Flights App on your mobile!!

    Well, its not exactly a mobile native app, but who cares as long as work is getting done!!

    Watch this video in case you are not much of a reader 😊

    Google Flights With Lower Carbon Emissions

    Are you among the few who would like to make a difference by taking actions that will go a long way in slowing down the climate change?

    Google flight gives you a chance to reduce your carbon foot prints as you travel, by listing flights with lower carbon emission!

    You can see the carbon emission data under each flight. In fact you can sort flights by emissions!  

    These emission estimates are both flight and seat specific.

    Eg. Old aircraft emit more carbon, premium economy and first class seats have increased emissions as it occupies more space!

    Google Flights FAQ:

    1. What are GoogleFlights Alerts?

    It is an option where you can set prices alert. 

    If you are tracking flight tickets in a particular route, no need to check it daily. Just set an alert and whenever there is a price change, you will get an email!!

    2. How to find the cheapest air tickets on Google Flights?

    You can check the 

        Google Flights Price Graph

        Date Grid 

        Flexible Dates

        Google flights matrix

        Price Tracker

        Google Flights search anywhere

    to find the cheapest flights.

    3. Is Google flights the cheapest?

    Different platforms offer the cheapest tickets on different days. Check out the best day to buy airline tickets

    4. Google Flights Calendar Not Showing Prices

    Google flights calendar should show prices unless a temporary glitch or cookies on the browser are playing tricks on you.

    Clear cookies on your browser and restart the browser.
    If you have not re-started windows for some time, this is the right time to do a restart.

    5. How to get Google Flights App?

    Google plays tore has tons of apps, but one app missing is Google Flights App!!

    Google flights app is not available, neither on Android or iOS version!!

    As of now but you can add Google flights web on your phone Home screen and it will give you almost Google Flight App like feeling!!

    I have explained steps to do this in following sections, keep on reading...


    6. How to do Flexible dates on Google Flights?

    Click the Flexible Dates tab, the value is pre-populated with "1-week trip in the next 6 months"

    You can modify few things here like select specific months or make your trip duration to 2 weeks or Weekend.

    And watch the magic of Google Flights Flexible Dates!! 

    Do you like the rates you see there? Go ahead and book your flights!!

    Not willing to book at the available rates, no problem. Set Flights Alerts on the dates and let Google do the work for you.

    7. How to select flexible dates on Google flights?

    Click on Map view
    Tap on the date input
    You will see two options, Specific and flexible dates

    8. Google Flights Flexible dates not working

    In case you are stuck at the screen and feel like Google flights flexible dates is not working, try out following:
    • Wait for some time, may the the connection is slow and its taking more time to load.
    • Try it out on Chrome browser (in case you are using any other browser)
    • Delete cookies on the browser and re-start the browser

    9. GoogleFlights calendar not showing prices

    This looks like some issue with your browser cookies . Delete cookies on the browser and restart the browser and check again.

    10. Is Google flights explore map gone?

    No, the GoogleFlights explore map is not gone, it's under the Explore option from the left-hand side of the Home page.


    11. How do I find anywhere on Google flights?

    If your intention is to go anywhere in the world that offers the cheapest flight tickets, use the Google Flights Explore Maps option.

    Just enter your Origin city and leave destination blank. It will pop up the cheapest flights from your city.

    Another way is the map view that will show which all flights are the cheapest on the world map.

    12. Is Car rental available on Google flights?

    No, car rental is not one of the option available on Google travel/flights.

    You will find Hotel search option though.

    How does Google Flights work?

    Google acquired ITA Software in order to provide better flight search experience to its users.

    In fact the ITA Matrix is being used by many online travel search and booking platforms to provide cheap flights.

    Pros and Cons of Google Flights

    ProsCons
    Google Flights aggregates data from a large number of travel agencies and airlinesThere are few low budget airlines that are not listed on Google Flights
    Google Flights can predict delays based on the historical data and few Artificial Intelligence methodsThe price displayed during search and at the time of booking may sometimes change
    Most of the time you directly book with airline hence avoiding the middleman commissionGoogle mostly display Airfare listed by airline, at times OTA's are cheaper
    Google Flights provide various tools to find the flights best suited to your pocketFor few, too many options may be confusing

    Airlines not listed in Google Flights

    Many cheap air carriers like Southwest airlines, Allegiant, Air China are not available on Google Flights. 

    You will have to visit their respective websites or use other Online travel booking sites to see if these airlines offer better rates for your travel.

    Skyscanner vs Google Flights

    Skyscanner is another great online flight search engine with lots of tools/features using which you can find best airfare.

    One of the biggest difference I found between these Online search engine is Skyscanner includes all airlines and small Online Travel Platforms as well in its search results unlike Google that do not show few of the cheap no frill airlines.


    Fun facts about Google flights search

    Even if you type a wrong spelling of flights & google is the preceding word, it will autocorrect and display results for Google Flights!!

    Eg: Try typing floghts or flughts or glights, fligits, flighta, fligts, googlfights, dlights,fl8ght the results displayed will be Google Flights if these words are prefixed by Google!

    Of course, over the years Google cracked the fat finger code 😜 and do not trouble the user with error message, instead it auto-corrects it by understanding the search intent!! 

    Google flights other options

    If you look closely, Google Flights link is like google.com/travel/flights but no one refer to it as Google Travel.

    Looks line another case of popularity engulfing the intent like photocopy got engulfed by Xerox!


    A Quick recap of GoogleFlights

    Here is a quick recap and a shorter version of all the hacks in video format from Project Untethered.




    Conclusion:

    My Verdict: Google Flights should definitely be one of the sites to go when you are looking for cheap airfare.

    Google Fly may not have cheap airlines but it do coverup for that unless you are traveling with almost no luggage! 

    Hope Google Flights Hacks will help you get cheap flights on Google!


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