Google Flights Hacks To Find Cheap Flights|How To Use Google Flights To Get Cheap Flights [2022]

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

It offers so many hacks to help you find cheap flight tickets. 

  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

   


    What is Google Flights?

    GoogleFlights 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?

    Follow these Google Flights 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 advanced hacks.



    Hack#1 Google Flights Explorer (Multi Airport Function)

    How to use Google Flights explorer?

    To explore/search flights on Google flights,

    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.

    GoogleFlightsOrigin.jpg

    Enter Destination location

    GoogleFlightsDestination.jpg

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

    Hack#2 Google Flights Calendar 

    How to use Google Flights Calendar?

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

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    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.

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    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.

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    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!

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    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 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!

    GoogleFlightsGrid.jpg

    This Google Flights Matrix 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.

    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.

    GoogleFlightsPriceGraph.jpg
    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.

    GoogleFlightsDeparting.jpg

    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

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

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

    Enjoy your trip!!


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    Hack#6 Google Flights Map view

    How to use Google Flights 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.

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    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 use Google Flights flexible dates?

    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.

    GoogleFlightsMap.jpg

    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.

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    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.

    GoogleFlightsFlexibleDates.jpg



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

    Is there a Google Flights App?

    Were you searching for Google Flights App on the play store or AppStore, well you did not find it because it does not exist!

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

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

    Google Flights FAQ:

    1. What are Google Flights 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

    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. Does Google Flights have an App?

    No, Google flights is available on web only as of now.


    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. Google flight 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 Google flights explore map is not gone, it's under the Explore option from the left-hand side of the Home page.


    11. What is Google Flights Search anywhere?

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

    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 GoogleFlights

    Many cheap air carriers like Southwest airlines, Allegiant, Air China are not available on Google Flights. You will have to visit their websites to see if these airlines offer better rates for your travel.

    Conclusion:

    My Verdict: Google Flights is definitely the place to go when you are looking for cheap airfare. 

    Hope you liked the Google Flights Hacks mentioned in this post.


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