Seemingly random price changes can be one of the most frustrating parts of booking a flight. Now, Google is making it easier to know when prices will change so you can get a better deal on airfare. The company is updating its airline search tool with new features that predict fare changes and notify you about price changes for flights you're interested in. SEE ALSO: Google's new Trips app will be your offline traveling companion The new features are rolling out to the Google Flights website (the service still doesn't have its own dedicated app yet) "in the coming weeks," according to Google. Once they do, the site will let you know how long until the current fare is expected to change when you're browsing specific flights.
Once upon a time, prospective vacation-goers would journey to an IRL storefront, where a person called a "travel agent" would be waiting amid stacks of maps and dog-eared travel guides. But thanks to the internet, travel agents have been rendered largely obsolete, leaving travelers to sift through thousands of flights on their own. Or at least, it might seem that way. The truth is we're not alone, or at least not completely. Websites abound to help us amateurs parse an often overwhelming number of choices, comparing everything from prices to the ideal layover city.
You also won't have to worry that you're missing out on a low-cost flight. Google Flights is getting price tracking that can tell you when prices change for date and destination combos or specific flights. You'll only have to wait for email or a Google Now card to know when it's time to take action. This tracking will only be available in the 26 countries where Google Flights is available, but it'll reach all of them in a matter of weeks. Most of Google's other updates today are more helpful for advertisers (such as a companion banner that lets you browse their wares while watching YouTube).
Everyone wants cheap airfares, and Google Flights is adding new tools to help you buy smarter--whether it's adjusting your itinerary or holding out for a better deal. Google Flights will show you several new alerts depending on where you are in the booking process. If you're just starting to search, Google Flights will display tips (shown as tiles on mobile) that may recommend trying alternate airports or different travel dates. Click any tip to get greater detail, such as when the price is likely to increase. If you've already selected a specific flight, Google Flights can show you alerts about when the fare is likely to increase.