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notallwhowander Aug 11, 12 8:20 am

Google Flights vs Actual Airline?
 
Google gives one dollar amount for flight, but when you go to actually make the reservation, the dollar amount is not the same, and at times, not even close. Is this normal?

Found a $90 one way, but when I went to purchase it, USAir site said it was now $130 something.

:confused:

Turnboss Aug 11, 12 9:17 am

Google Flights vs Actual Airline?
 
maybe its not including taxes.... IMO

notallwhowander Aug 14, 12 4:07 pm

It happened a few times, but apparently nothing more since. Maybe I was on my laptop too long. :eek:

oliver2002 Aug 21, 12 1:39 am

The data is probably cached, so not exactly the live GDS result.

saranyc Sep 13, 12 1:27 pm

Google Flights - Changes, Updates, Glitches and Help [consolidated thread]
 
Hi! I'm sure many of you have used google flights before. I have a couple of question on it. You can leave the destination field blank and see the cost to fly to anywhere in the world on the map based on my criteria (dates of travel, number of stops, etc).

Is there any way (either with google or another site) to have that same ability (see prices throughout the world based on your home airport) but have it also be for flexible dates? So for example if I want to take a vacation next spring for 5-6 days but I'm not sure where and can travel any time between 4/1/13 and 6/1/13 is there a way to see a map of all the places I could go based on the cheapest flight with a max of 1 stop?

Thanks!!! :):):)

rgnewton Sep 14, 12 11:55 am

Yes you can!
 
Just go to http://www.google.com/flights/ and it will provide exactly what you are describing. Good luck!

KM123 Sep 14, 12 4:59 pm

I actually had not seen google flights before. Thanks for the post, this could be handy.

Eithan Sep 18, 12 4:18 am

i have never seen before too .

holmedown Sep 19, 12 2:36 pm

tried it when I came across it yesterday - really useful

jdtravel Sep 19, 12 3:18 pm

Thanks. I just used it for the first time

rbcgerard Nov 6, 12 1:19 pm

Google.com/flights as a flyertalk/farecomare substitute
 
So I recently tried the www.google.com/flights tool and really like how i could leave the destination blank, pick dates, and even the alliance - which i really like for doing cheap weekend vacations.

But the tool reminded me a lot of the old farecompare.com flyertalk feature for mileage runs, where you could get a table of the cheapest flights ($/Mi) from your selected airport (and airline).

I imagine given what they already have, to implement this would be pretty simple (I know nothing about web development, but the info is there).

So I submitted a suggestion to google to implement this feature - maybe if others do too, we might get that fun little mileage run tool back?

Apologies if I've put this in the wrong forum/this has been covered before...

sunshine-state Nov 6, 12 4:10 pm

This could be a pretty helpful tool if it's reliable. I've had a lot of trouble with new/test Google products in a critical corporate/production environment, but for I certainly welcome another tool in the toolbox! I wonder if Google will integrate ITA with this tool....

Oapos Nov 7, 12 11:55 am


Originally Posted by sunshine-state (Post 19637125)
This could be a pretty helpful tool if it's reliable. I've had a lot of trouble with new/test Google products in a critical corporate/production environment, but for I certainly welcome another tool in the toolbox! I wonder if Google will integrate ITA with this tool....

100% agree! Another tool for the toolbox. While I definitely don't think it's as well deployed as ITA is it without a doubt has some great potential.

autumnmist Dec 5, 12 5:44 pm


Originally Posted by rbcgerard (Post 19635911)
So I recently tried the www.google.com/flights tool and really like how i could leave the destination blank, pick dates, and even the alliance - which i really like for doing cheap weekend vacations.

Late to this thread, but I don't see how to leave the destination blank in Google flights... it won't give me results until I put a destination in?

Tigersan Dec 5, 12 8:25 pm


Originally Posted by autumnmist (Post 19803625)
Late to this thread, but I don't see how to leave the destination blank in Google flights... it won't give me results until I put a destination in?

Welcome to FT.

I think that's what the OP has suggested to Google.

Thanks for sharing, OP.

jbsay Dec 9, 12 1:14 am


Originally Posted by autumnmist (Post 19803625)
Late to this thread, but I don't see how to leave the destination blank in Google flights... it won't give me results until I put a destination in?

After entering your origin airport, while leaving the destination blank, click the "map" button in the bottom right hand corner, just to the left of the bar graph ("lowest fares") button. You should then get a map showing fares across all cities.

AeroWesty Dec 10, 12 12:19 am

This is certainly an interesting tool I've been playing with too. I've been able to confirm that it brings ITA's errors through to it, which is a bit frustrating. One feature I wish it would have is to allow a display of all one-way flights available which you can marry into a round-trip. I do like the ability to narrow the map to specific date ranges though. That's a huge benefit.

Arthur Randolph Dec 13, 12 11:53 am

Google Flights Explorer [single origin calendar search]
 
https://www.google.com/flights/explorer/

"Flight Explorer is a an experimental feature of Flight search that allow users to explore flight destinations. The feature enables users to consider multiple destinations and multiple days at once, all using live prices, quickly."

You're welcome!

ckpeter Dec 13, 12 2:03 pm

Very cool tool!

Looks like Google's acquisition of ITA is beginning to bear fruits.

x1achilles Dec 22, 12 2:44 am

I like it too. It has many elements that are newer and more intuitive.

thearmada Nov 4, 13 8:35 pm

Google Flights got me a flight, help booking it
 
I am trying to book a flight. I found my preferred routing using Google Flights. When I try to go and book it using the link on Google Flights, I get the option of book with a travel agent or call SAS. Would anybody have any suggestions of how to book this online?

Here is the link for my routing.

https://www.google.com/flights/#sear...ORD0SK943;eo=e

Thanks!

mattp1987 Nov 5, 13 2:17 pm

Are you trying to credit to UA for status? If so you will need a UA ticket number starting with 016 to get PQDs. If you aren't interested in that could you just call SAS?

I also tried plugging your flights as a multi-trip itinerary into united.com, but it priced out at over $3000. I did the same on Orbitz and found a very similar itinerary but with UA instead of AA as the first flight and slightly different times on the flights. This priced at $879.63. You can also try Hipmunk and see if that will send you to a booking engine.

thearmada Nov 6, 13 11:17 am


Originally Posted by mattp1987 (Post 21733372)
Are you trying to credit to UA for status? If so you will need a UA ticket number starting with 016 to get PQDs. If you aren't interested in that could you just call SAS?

I also tried plugging your flights as a multi-trip itinerary into united.com, but it priced out at over $3000. I did the same on Orbitz and found a very similar itinerary but with UA instead of AA as the first flight and slightly different times on the flights. This priced at $879.63. You can also try Hipmunk and see if that will send you to a booking engine.

I ended up biting the bullet and booking it through the phone. They had a good fare sale that ended yesterday. I would like to use this for PQD, but I ended up just doing the complete SAS booking. I fly last minute a lot with work so the PQD will not be as big as a problem to get as the PQM for me which I get credit for here.

Thanks!

antignos Feb 17, 14 10:14 am

Google Flights Change?
 
I was on Google Flights today and noticed the tool with the bars for searching prices all year is gone. Does someone know if they removed it what?

I can't get ITA to work on my computer for some reason so google was next best option.

Can someone else take a quick peek and let me know if I'm nuts?

Thanks

gfunkdave Feb 17, 14 11:03 am

Moving this to Travel Tools...

docmoney Feb 17, 14 4:55 pm

I do not see the bars for searching prices all year. But what a great tool! I had no idea it existed!

redshift27 Feb 18, 14 1:11 am

I still see it below the calendars when picking travel dates.

docmoney Feb 18, 14 2:14 pm

Also, I am now pissed because it finds flights so cheap that I am questioning my loyalty to a certain airline.

teese35 Feb 18, 14 7:50 pm

cool feature

antignos Feb 18, 14 10:27 pm

I'm bummed, there used to be a cool bar graph feature that made shopping an entire year extremely easy. Did anyone ever see it before?

antignos Feb 18, 14 10:31 pm

Just found this

https://www.google.com/flights/explo...5;d=2014-02-18

docmoney Feb 19, 14 10:24 am


Originally Posted by antignos (Post 22375002)

Excellent find! There are also some patterns of note - Sundays and Mondays tend to be the most expensive days to travel, with Wednesday and Thursday being the cheapest...

teese35 Feb 19, 14 10:28 am


Originally Posted by antignos (Post 22375002)

This is an awesome tool. Great for searching for MR's to all cities ^

docmoney Feb 19, 14 10:41 am

And when you put your mouse cursor over the bars, it shows the airline, so I can pick prices with a loyalty program in mind! Niiice:)

Roadrunna Feb 19, 14 11:10 am


Originally Posted by antignos (Post 22375002)

Great find, I was looking for any random cheap trip from ORD, this really simplifies the search. ^^

plon Feb 25, 14 1:47 pm

Google Flights Map Tool
 
I tried searching before I posted but couldn't find a post on this, but I've found using the map tool on flights.google.com very useful.

-Put in any city pair and date into your search boxes
-Click on the map pin in the right hand corner
-You see all the pricing for all the flights from your origination city for the dates you're searching anywhere in the world.

It's a nice way to try and find MR in a more visual manner than just plugging in random info into ITA. Of course ITA powers the flights.google.com search....

Anyone else using this?

Madone59 Feb 25, 14 2:55 pm

Been using it for months, typically in conjunction with ITA. It is a good place to start for an MR, or go find some 'clues.'

Definitely not a replacement for the old fare compare page but good.

mapu Feb 27, 14 1:47 am

great tool, thanks for posting that

antignos Mar 8, 14 1:07 pm

It's been around for a long time. Posts all over the net, blogs and FT regarding it. Actually removed the bars feature for a little while a few weeks ago, but appears to be back. Same as ITA

Try this also

https://www.google.com/flights/explo...5;d=2014-02-18

rstlsgirl Mar 10, 14 3:26 pm

I just found it this weekend and I'm hopelessly addicted. Late to the party, I guess.


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