Google is updating its travel tools today with a focus on reducing costs and making planning easier. Google Flights will now suggest travel and booking dates that are less expensive, while Search will recommend nearby airports and hotels that might be cheaper.

Thanks to a new “price insights” feature, Google Flights will now surface a calendar view of travel date combinations. Accessed by tapping “Dates,” cheapest flights are highlighted in green and more expensive ones in red.

A similar feature for hotels is also available. Aimed at finding the cheapest dates to reserve a hotel, nightly rates are now listed in the calendar view, along with price trends to show historical data. This flight feature is available today on mobile and will be rolling out to desktop later this year.

The next air travel-related feature will show nearby airports on an interactive map with the distance between them and your final destination visualized.

Sometimes just changing the airport you’re flying through can make a big difference in the price you pay. In fact, for more than 25 percent of flight searches you can get a better price by choosing an alternate airport.

This feature will also work for hotels, with prices now directly displayed on the map.


Check out 9to5Google on YouTube for more news:

FTC: We use income earning auto affiliate links. More.


Check out 9to5Google on YouTube for more news:

You’re reading 9to5Google — experts who break news about Google and its surrounding ecosystem, day after day. Be sure to check out our homepage for all the latest news, and follow 9to5Google on Twitter, Facebook, and LinkedIn to stay in the loop. Don’t know where to start? Check out our exclusive stories, reviews, how-tos, and subscribe to our YouTube channel

About the Author