It’s well known that Google Flights is one of the easiest places to comparison shop for deals online. But bloggers recently stumbled on a new feature of the search engine, which allows flyers to find out instantly if they are getting a great deal on their itinerary, or if flight prices are comparatively higher.
If you regularly look for airfare using Google Flights, a new tool quietly added to the search engine could help you determine if you are getting the best possible price. For certain city combinations, the search product will now provide additional details on if the price of a flight is better, worse, or average compared to historical data.
Discovered by Pizza in Motion, the new insight tool allows travelers to learn more about pricing and to determine if they are getting the best-predicted deal. The index offers insights on whether prices are lower or higher than previous searches, along with information about if prices are at their absolute lowest or if they are expected to rise in the coming months. The decisions on “good” or “bad” pricing are “based on fares observed in the last 12 months,” including the originating airport, destination airport and departure dates.
According to a post by Google about the newest addition, the price insight tool is available “for most trips.” In 2018, the prediction index was only available for holiday dates. There is no information on if or when the insights will be expanded to other itineraries.
The new tool complements Google’s latest travel-related product, which allows budget-related flyers to plan ahead for their next vacation. For spring break, the search giant predicted four of the five top spring break destinations would be Florida cities: Fort Myers, Punta Gorda, Tampa and Miami. Phoenix, Arizona ranked fourth on the list.
Currently, the vacation travel predictor is only tracking 60 routes originating from major departure cities like New York, Washington, Chicago and Los Angeles.
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