Google adds price tracking features to flight search, hotel search and Google Trips

Google announced it has added features to help you plan your trips, flights and hotel stays for your vacations or business trips. Many of the features are around how you can save money or track prices for a travel destination. Google has been testing many of these features over the past month, so they may not appear new to some of our readers.
Google is showing new “tips” under the flight search results to show you ways to save money for that trip. Google says it uses “machine learning and statistical analysis of historical flights data, Flights displays tips under your search results, and you can scroll through them to figure out when it’s best to book flights.” Here is a screen shot:

Google may also display a new tip above search results when room rates are higher than usual, or if the area is busier than usual due to a holiday, a music festival, or even a business

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Google Flights gets a redesign in time for the holiday season

Google Travel has announced the launch of new design just in time for the holiday travel season. The new design gives searchers “more ways to find cheaper flights,” Google said. It also looks pretty and has a quicker interface.

#GoogleFlights has a new look on desktop, including more ways to find cheaper flights, just in time for the holidays. Opt in at https://t.co/Mc8NqP09V5 pic.twitter.com/sQTHTOqg8z
— Google Travel (@GoogleTravel) November 20, 2017

Here is an animated GIF of the new features:

You can still access the old design by going to google.com/flights. From there, there is a box explaining how you can try “the updated design with new tools to help you find and book flights with confidence.” Click on that box to be taken to the new design.
Here is a screen shot of the new design:

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Google upgrades flight and hotel search to provide price grid views & more

Google announced several upgrades to both their flight search and hotel search features to aid searchers in finding the most economical options for their trips.
Rolling out on Google Flights is the ability to ability to click on “Dates” to see the calendar view of date combinations with the cheapest prices highlighted in green and the most expensive in red. You can also see price graphs over time if you have a certain length of trip in mind. This feature is available on mobile and rolling out to desktop later this year. Here is a GIF of these flight search features in action:

Often, flying to different nearby cities’ airports can save you on flight costs. Google also added the ability to see all nearby airports on an interactive map, view the distance between each one and your final destination and select the most convenient airports to include in your results. Here is a screen shot of this feature:

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