New Google Flights feature to reveal cheapest time to book (2024)

Posted byBarbara

Brooklyn, NY

3921 posts

It was on the local morning news show today. Not much info though, just a blurb

Posted byPatOP

San Diego, California

4941 posts

Andrew, lol!

Posted byEric

Dana Point

1191 posts

Andrew's answer is probably as close as what Google is going to give you.

The airlines themselves are still trying to retune their revenue management algorithms post Covid. Their golden egg--business travel--isn't expected to recover for years (link below.) To me, this means prices will be more volatile until the airlines have enough data to truly maximize their revenue. It also means that me and the other folks on this forum--people travelling on vacations--will be footing a greater percentage of the airlines overall "bill.",2027%2C%20the%20association%20announced%20Wednesday.

Posted byJean

Idaho, USA

7366 posts

Andrew H, whew, that’s the reason why I avoid looking at it afterwards. I just purchased ticket’s yesterday that were each $500 less than they were a few days earlier. I’m happy & no more looking! : )

Posted byThreadwear

Fort Myers, FL

1764 posts

Just like after you sell stock. Never look again, you will always be disappointed.

Posted bySusan

San Francisco/Marin County

9426 posts

Last Friday, August 25, i was on Google Flights, ready to buy tickets that day. Message said “The cheapest time to book is usually later, Aug 29 - Nov 27”.
So i waited

Posted byPatOP

San Diego, California

4941 posts

Susan, please report back! 🙂

Posted byMardee

Duluth 🛶

6747 posts

Susan, I got the same message when I was looking for flights going from MSP to Fort Myers. It told me to check back in October.

Posted bySusan

San Francisco/Marin County

9426 posts

I have to coordinate with my son to buy tickets, we were ready last Friday but now he’s on a camping trip so we’ll try again next week. But it begs the question when they say Aug 29 - Nov 27, do we wait til November? I know it’s all a gamble and no one knows…

Posted byMarkK


2455 posts

Google provides mostly solutions to problems you did not have before.
In this case they show lower prices to prices which were made more expensive for you by your search behavior.

The best trick for cheap prices is to stay away from using any Facebook, Twitter, other social media and/or Google search solutions. Try to stay as anonymous as you can - especially delete cookies after each session and use anonymous browser modes. Comments on social media about travel targets and also tracked behaviour for travelling can lead to prices up to 30% above average for the same (!) product or service.

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New Google Flights feature to reveal cheapest time to book (2024)


New Google Flights feature to reveal cheapest time to book? ›

According to new pricing data integrated into flight searches, the sweet spot for holiday travel prices is 71 days before departure.

What are the new features of Google travel? ›

New features for Google Maps also aim to help people plan trips. Now, when you search for a city, Maps will show you "curated lists of recommendations" from top travel sites like Lonely Planet and The New York Times' "36 Hours" series and and Google Maps users.

Which day is the cheapest to fly when is best to book Google Flights data shows cost trends? ›

Average prices tend to be lowest 71 days before departure — a big change from our 2022 insights, which found that average prices were lowest just 22 days before departure. And the typical low price range is now 54-78 days before takeoff.

Does Google Flights have a price predictor? ›

Get insights about price changes

You also get a notification in Google Flights, an email, or a mobile notification when: Prices for a route you're tracking are likely to go up. The current fare for a flight expires soon and the new fare is likely to cost more.

How to book cheap flights from Google? ›

You can find cheap flight deals to anywhere in the world on Google Flights. Just enter your departure city, choose Anywhere as the destination, and select Explore. You can pick specific dates or leave departure and return dates blank if your plans are flexible. The cheapest fares to popular destinations will appear.

What is the new Google search feature? ›

New features include AI Overviews, multistep reasoning capabilities, planning capabilities, AI-organized search results, and a new Google Lens ask with video feature.

What is happening to Google travel? ›

Google Travel, formerly Google Trips, is a trip planner service developed by Google. It was originally launched as a mobile app on September 19, 2016, for Android and iOS, which was shut down on August 5, 2019. The service is now only available on the website.

What time is the best time to book cheap flights? ›

The Bottom Line

The best time to book airfare is within a window of 21 to 74 days before you plan to fly, and the cheapest tickets are generally on mid-week flights. You can also save if you use an airline miles credit card to book flights that help you earn miles or points toward future air travel.

What day and time do flight prices drop? ›

However, the day of the week of the flight does impact the price. Fridays and Sundays, when people travel the most, garner the highest prices. Tuesdays and Wednesdays, when people are typically at work, are when fares drop to their cheapest.

What day out of the week are flights cheapest? ›

Tuesday and Friday flights can help you avoid the rush earlier in the week. Sundays and Mondays are the most expensive days to depart for domestic trips. If you can't fly on the cheapest days, flying on Tuesdays or Fridays might also be a good option.

Is it good to book flights through Google? ›

Google Flights is a reliable, legitimate, and trustworthy site for flight searching. In general, its prices are accurate and reflect the same prices as you'll find on the airline websites and other OTAs.

Do flights go up in price everyday? ›

Our analysis shows that flight prices go through a weekly cycle. Typically, the lowest prices are made available earlier in the week, and the highest prices are offered later in the week. This is why the answer to the question, “When do flight prices go down?” is sometimes… a Tuesday!

How do I see price trends on Google Flights? ›

If you want to put a price watch on all flights to and from your destination within your desired travel date range, toggle the button to the right of "Track prices." Once that dot is blue, you will get a pop-up on the bottom of the page that says "You'll get emails when prices change" for your dates.

What airlines don't show up on Google Flights? ›

Incomplete airline coverage: Google Flights does not display results from Southwest Airlines, requiring users to check fares directly through the airline's user-friendly Low Fare Calendar. Missing hidden fares: Many mistake fares appear only on smaller OTA websites, which Google Flights may not detect.

What website actually has the cheapest flights? ›

The best flight booking sites
  1. Google Flights. For ease, speed and features, Google Flights is arguably the best website for flight searches. ...
  2. Kayak. Like Google Flights, Kayak searches hundreds of other websites and flight booking platforms to find the best deal. ...
  3. Expedia. ...
  4. Capital One Travel. ...
  5. Kiwi. ...
  6. BookWithMatrix.
Jan 19, 2024

Does Google Flights work anymore? ›

To be clear, Google Flights is not shutting down, but will continue to enable travelers to click on airline and online travel agency links to book their flights, as they have done for years for the vast majority of flights.

What are the benefits of Google travel? ›

The Benefits of Using Google Travel Insights
  • Access up-to-date data on destination insights, hotel insights, and travel analytics.
  • Understand target audience better and tailor marketing efforts accordingly.
  • Identify emerging trends, habits, and preferences.
  • Conduct market and competitor analysis.
Jan 18, 2024

How travelling has changed with Google Maps? ›

Google Maps and Travel

Unquestionably, the digital map has revolutionized the ease at which we can travel – whether it be by car, boat, plane, train or foot. With a giant network of directories, listings, and Google Map Maker efforts our present experience with digital maps is pretty streamlined.

What are the new features of Google map? ›

Google Maps introduces new features, design updates, curated restaurant recommendations, hidden gems discovery, and AI-powered dish identification, enhancing the user experience for efficient navigation and travel planning.

How do I use Google travel? ›

How to use Google Maps to plan your trip
  1. Create a new custom map. To start planning your trip with Google Maps, visit ...
  2. Add and customize your locations. ...
  3. Break your trip down into layers (categories) ...
  4. Plan your itinerary. ...
  5. Start booking. ...
  6. Share your map. ...
  7. Access your map on your phone.
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