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Travel Tip Tuesday: How to Use Google Flights to Find Cheap Airfare

Have you checked out Google Flights yet?  Google Flights has become my “go to” site when I’m wondering where our next vacation should be since it quickly displays all the airfare prices for the world from my departing airport.  How cool is that!?

You can specify if you’re searching for one-way or roundtrip tickets, your departing airport, and input some sample dates.

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Then, click “Expand the map” to see a map of airfare prices all over the world from that airport.  If you find something you like, you can click the city and then “Show Flights” to see the flight options.

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That’s how I found flights to Copenhagen at half the cost of a normal ticket.

While you’re on the map page, you can further refine the search results by the number of stops, price range, airline, or times.  I feel like refining by duration is useful to quickly spot all the places you can go that are a short flight away.

A quick disclaimer, however, before you get too excited.  Based on my experience using it, there’s still some kinks with the search results:

  • Some of the flights and ticket prices may be not available when you click to the appropriate website to purchase.
  • The flight route(s) that Google uses to route you from your origin to destination city may not actually be available at the price quoted.  You’ll have to call the airlines to confirm.

That being said, it is still a good tool to use when you’re itching to travel but not sure where to go!

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