Google Brings Price Tracking to Google Flights, Trips and Hotel Search

Joanna Estrada
December 15, 2017

Google on Thursday announced new flight, hotel, and trip planning features that could save travelers money, from offering tips on whether an airfare will go up or down to showing dates when hotels will be cheaper. In a blog post, Google said Google Flights uses "machine learning and statistical analysis of historical flights data" to determine the right time to score the best flight deals.

The flight search price tracking is rolling out worldwide, on both desktop and mobile.

You will get tips on pricing, getting indications via price prediction algorithms and if you search for a hotel on Google, tips will also pop up indicating if room rates are higher.

Users can also be alerted of hotel price drops with email price alerts. Additionally, it tells users if the searched destinations will be busy on the selected dates due to holiday, festivals and other events. But now, Google has used machine learning to provide you with tips even when you pick a hotel for your stay.

Finally, Google is also adding information about discounted tickets and tours in its Google Trips mobile application for iOS and Android. The service will also begin selling tour and activity tickets to round out a trip package, offering discounts for bundling flights, hotels, and activities together in one booking.

"No matter where you're headed, Trips makes it easy to browse and access fun stuff to do on your vacation without breaking the bank". Numerous features are around how you can save money or track prices for a travel destination. But it makes sense that Google would integrate its travel-booking features in here, as well, as opposed to just making it another way to leverage Google Maps' data.

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