updated Sept 7th 2016
Here is my Google Flights review and a few tips and tricks to make it work for you!
IF,Â You are not quite sure where you would like to go!
and/orÂ You are flexible on dates
and/orÂ You are looking for a great deal
and/orÂ You are curious as to where you can fly to from certain cities
then I highly suggest checking out the best flight comparison website i have found,Â Google Flights!
You can google airplane tickets, or google cheap airfare or even google flight comparison but google flights is the best site to compare flights in an easy to use interface
Since we are always planning our next vacation and even looking at open-ended travel,Â we often haveÂ no set schedule, I find myself browsing for a flight search tool and always end up back on Google Flights. I find them the best site to compare flight prices and how they show the average prices to fly from A to B in certain times of the year.
We â€œthinkâ€ we want to go to Hawaii in January for a month and then travel on from there. This looks like paradise to me! How about you? Again i could search airfares in many places, but i like to start with google flight finder as it is my personal preference as the best site for flights.
I have no idea where you can fly from Hawaii but would like to find a few flight comparison options. Iâ€™m looking to head into the South Pacific, but I am not really too picky where. Anyone who knows me knows that my needs are simple: palm trees, beach, roof over my head. All the rest is gravy.
But it is ok if you are not as flexible as me, or you know where you want to go. Google flights is still great to compare airlines and check peak travel days.
Here is an example of a recent search I did on Google Flight Search Engine.
Choose your Departure City (in our case Vancouver, whose airport code is YVR) and your Arrival City (HNL is Honolulu’s airport code).
Something that i really like about Google Flights compared to traditional sites like Expedia, is that you can leave the Arrival blank, or you can enter a region such as â€œEuropeâ€ (I will go into this a in more depth below!)
Add your date and you can search!
If you look at the graph, it shows you the cheapest fares over the entire month. Looks like we picked a good date! the google flights graph is by far the coolest feature for browsing!
You can check out the map view to see the results on a map. Its always cool to see the flight routes visually! take note that there are some airlines not on google flights. So use it, as i do, but also check into other options, smaller carriers etc.
You can also check out the â€œTipâ€ box for suggestions to find a better deal. In this case it told me i had chosen the lowest fare +/- 3 days. You can click on the options provided and it will let you buy airline tickets on google flights. It just takes you to the airline’s website to book. you don’t book your flight on google flights directly.
SO why do we think Google Flights is the best site for finding flights!
Remember when I mentioned above that you can choose a â€œregionâ€ you want to fly into. Lets say you want to go to Europe from Toronto. Enter your details into the google flight planner and voila, you can see the different prices to fly into different cities. You can even choose the filter at the top, and make your search more specific based on: number of stops, prices, specific airline, departure times and flight duration. Just remember, the more specific your request, the less results you will get. If we are just browsing for the cheapest city to fly into and we are somewhat flexible on dates we want to include as broad a search as possible.
You can see in this Example that its cheaper to Fly into Edinburgh then London On July 10th. So when I click on Edinburgh you can see on the graph that it is actually cheaper to leave on the 8th! Isnâ€™t the graph amazing????
When you click through it lets you know the airline and will direct you right to the airline site to book.
Another great option is the flight monitoring. If you click â€œsave My Itineraryâ€ Google will monitor the flights and will let you know if the prices go down!
I highly suggest you pick up a Luggage ScaleÂ as every airline seems to have their own weight restrictions. If you pack like me, a quick weight before heading to theÂ airport and I amÂ no longer holding my breath when the agent puts your bag on their scale! Amazon.com has a great one for just $7.99!
So now that your flights are sorted out I plan to give you a great Hotel Booking Site review, but until that is ready… Why not try out Hotels.com for your accommodation! We love their free nights!!!Â Click on the image below to be directed to theirÂ website!
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Lindsay is the founder and editor of Carpe Diem OUR Way. She left her career in Canada to share her love of travel with her two young boys. She is passionate about sharing adventure travel activities for families and to encourage others to explore the world. She resides in the suburbs of Vancouver when not jet setting abroad.