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United Teams with Google to Offer Flight Search Map

United Teams with Google to Offer Flight Search Map
Joe Cortez

United Airlines is partnering with Google Flight Search to offer flyers a map search feature unique to the Chicago-based carrier and the airports they serve. With the new map, flyers can see fares to different destinations from the departure airport of their choice.

Interactive fare searching has come to United Airlines, with a little help from tech giant Google. The Chicago-based carrier announced the launch of a map search feature, which allows flyers to see multiple price options based on destinations across the United States.

Search Options Include National Parks, Beaches, Festivals and More

Although the search engine was the first to offer an interactive map, United’s map powered by Google Flight Search allows flyers to find fares based on non-traditional criteria. In addition to seeing potential city pairs, flyers can also search based on local attractions and seasonal events. Some of the new filter options include romantic locations, outdoors adventures, national parks, beaches, beer and breweries, or even food and drink destinations.

“We’ve reinvented the way people search for flights and introduced something new for our customers that is simpler, provides better results and is easy to use,” Linda Jojo, executive vice president for technology and United’s chief digital officer, said in a press release. “Leveraging the power of Google’s Flight Search technology, we are able to provide an all-in-one solution that streamlines the search process and allows our customers to more easily find the flights that work best for them.”

According to the airline, the ability to search by national park was added based on customer feedback. Because flyers were searching for places where they could vacation responsibly through social distancing, the airline added the ability to search airfares to airports near national parks.

In addition to showing where travelers can go with United, the airline is also using the map to show MileagePlus customers where they have been.

Interactive Option Becomes Latest Map for United Flyers

The interactive map is not the first one launched by United, in the hopes of attracting more flyers. Earlier in September 2020, the airline also announced a COVID-19 map, showing travelers local restrictions which could affect their travels.

Feature image courtesy: United Airlines

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  1. OZFLYER86

    October 1, 2020 at 2:29 am

    why is search map only for flights originating in USA ?

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