Google Flights, Trips and hotel search get new features

Google seems to be making it easier for users around the globe to get the best deals this holiday season. The search giant has announced some nifty features, using which users going on vacation can get the best deals on flights, hotels and more.

The company has updated its Google Flights platform to provide ‘tips’ to users when it is the best time to book flights. “Using 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,” said Richard Holden, VP of Travel Products.

When the price to a destination from your location is cheaper, Google Flight would now give tips such as “prices are less than normal” indicating it to be the best time to book the tickets. It will also show tips such as “won’t drop further” for ticket prices based on prediction algorithms.

The search giant will also use the same algorithm when users search for hotels. It will be giving them tips when the price of hotel rooms are cheaper than usual or won’t go down any more. “Similarly, when you search for a hotel on Google, a new tip will appear above results when room rates are higher than usual, or if the area is busier than usual due to a holiday, music festival, or even a business conference,” said Holden in the blog post.

Users can also get emailed alerts for the price drops. This can be done by opting for the ‘Hotel Price Tracking on your phone’ option.

Lastly, Google Trips has got a ‘Discounts’ feature that helps users get quick access to deals for ticketing and tours on top attractions and activities for the country or location they are visiting. “Book and save on a tour of the Mayan ruins near Cancun, or get priority access to the top of the Eiffel Tower in Paris. No matter where you’re headed (and if you need ideas, read on), Trips makes it easy to browse and access fun stuff to do on your vacation without breaking the bank,” concludes Holden.