If you’re planning a vacation, one of the first things you’re most likely to do, is Google the flight prices. And at the very top of your search page, you’ll find results from Google Flights.

Google Flights is one of the best travel resources, because it allows you to search, find and book flights from your hometown to your destination in no time. And it even shows you a trend of when flights are likely to be cheaper or more expensive.

With such a great tool in hand, it’s important to make the most of it. So we’re going to tell you how with some of the best Google Flights hacks.

But first, have you ever wondered why Google Flights prices change?

Well, actually Google has no control over that.

The prices on Google Flights change, as and when the airline changes them. The reason for this change could be higher demand, peak or low vacation times, any current events that affect travel and so much more.

That’s why it’s usually best to book your flight as soon as you see a great rate. Use these great Google Flights hacks to increase your chances.

why do google flights prices change

1. Be Destination Flexible

If your goal is to travel while saving money. The best thing you can do is to be flexible with your destination. That’s what makes this Google Flights hack the absolute best. Here’s how to do it:

  • On Google Flights, go to the Explore Tab
  • Choose your specific dates or even better, “flexible dates”
  • Select the month you want to travel in
  • On the map, you’ll now see all the cheapest destinations to fly to, from your departure city
  • Choose one! Start planning!

2. Be Departure Flexible

When it comes to departure airports, the general rule of thumb is that an airport with more flights flying out of it, will usually have cheaper fares since passengers have more options. But the reverse might be true in some cases, especially in cities where there is more than one airport. So instead of sticking to just one departure airport, be flexible with this Google Flights hack:

  • In the departure box, type in your primary choice of airport
  • Click on the plus (+) sign on the right side of the box
  • Add your nearby cities or airports. Choose ones that will be cheap for you to travel to by road or public transport
  • Add up to seven departure locations
  • See where the flights are cheapest from!
booking flights with google

3. Be Date Flexible

This Google Flights hack is such an amazing feature that it’s hardly a hack. But you should definitely know about it. Google Flights has a great feature called Date Grid. You’ll find it at the top right corner of your search results.

When you click it, it opens up a grid of Departure and Return dates around your selected dates. The cheapest fares will be marked in green, but you can also look around to find the best ones for your budget.

The best part about Date Grid is that you can keep searching through multiple weeks (if you’re that flexible with dates) to find the best deals. Don’t ignore this amazing feature. It could save you hundreds of dollars.

4. Set Alerts for Price Drops

So you’ve decided where and when you’re going. Unless you’ve got a really good fare that you have to snap up immediately, wait a bit. Google Flights lets you set a price alert that immediately sends you an email when the price of the flight you want drops.

Right below the search boxes, you’ll find a slider called “Track Price” with both a set date option and an “All Dates” option.

Select both for good measure, and watch your email like a hawk. The moment you find a cheaper fare – snap it up to get a better deal!

price drops on flights

5. Stretch Out on the Flight

Flying on a budget doesn’t have to mean flying uncomfortably. With this Google Flight hack, you can see which flights give you the most legroom, and even which ones offer flatbeds or reclining seats. This way, you don’t have to splurge out extra for an upgrade or an extra legroom seat.

All you need is a Google Chrome extension called Legrooms for Google Flights. Install it and add it to your browser.

The next time you search for flights on Google Flights, you’ll have handy information about how big the legroom is on all the flight options and even a marker to show you whether the seat reclines, or even becomes a flat bed.

Tall people, this one’s for you!

Google Flights has always been super helpful when it comes to planning all the endless travel we do here at Nas Daily. And we’re happy to share some of the things we’ve learnt along the way!

Don’t worry, we’ll keep updating this one as Google Flights evolves.

Happy traveling!

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