Debrief Staff | Contributing Writer | Tuesday, 18 October 2016

Google Flight\'s New Feature Puts An End To Surprise Price Surges

Google Flight's New Feature Puts An End To Surprise Price Surges

The Debrief: The new alerts will warn you just before prices increase

Trying to find cheap flights for a specific time can be a right pain. It can be the case that you find a great deal, go back to book the next day and suddenly the price has gone up a 100 quid. Price surges are to do with a whole load of factors that you can’t nail down to an exact science but Google Flight’s new update looks to tackle the problem.

For the uninitiated, Google Flights has been around for about 18 months and is similar to Skyscanner or Hopper in that you can compare airline fares for your destination. Currently if you have a destination in mind Google Flights will offer you different airports or dates so you know where you could make a saving.

However the new update to Google Flights means that the service will now alert you when the price of a flight is expected to surge so there’s no more surprise increases when you’re ready to book. With the app you could already track flights by email to see how the fluctuate, however using historical flight data the app will let you know in how many hours the fare is expected to increase.

The new feature is expected to roll out in the coming weeks. Google have also launched a number of other travel services including Google Trips, a travel guide to help you plan and organise your trips and Google Hotel Finder where you search for hotels using Google Maps.

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