How to use Google Flights – the quick and easy way to track cheap airfares

The software has undergone a redesign which makes it easy to get the cheapest flights to your favourite destinations.

Google Flights is the search giant’s way of helping you to find the best flight for your holiday and track the prices.

It’s simple and easy to use, and we show you how to get the best out of it below.

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To start go to

Put in the departure and arrival destination, as well as the dates you want to fly and click Search. The results will come up showing different airlines and costs.

To keep track of all these different flights, and help you book the best possible deal, make sure you are signed in to your Google account. Then click on the Track prices option, which is underneath the list of flights.

track flight

When you switch it on, a menu pops up saying Tracking Prices – View All at the bottom of your screen. If you click on this you can turn on and off email notifications for the specific flights, and also see how the flight has varied over the past 72 days.

email notifications

Another helpful tool is the Flight insights at the top of your search. If you click into it you can see the best prices if you can be flexible on date, other airports to choose which may be cheaper, a price graph and tips. To access it, just click See More on any of the tabs under Flight insights.

flight insights

And if you’re uncertain where to go, but do know your budget, you can use the map tool to find some suggested destinations. On the Home Page, click Explore destinations and the region will appear with suggested cities and prices. You can narrow it down by clicking Stops, Interests, Price, Times, Airlines and More along the top.

Remember to zoom in and out of the map to give you more options.

explore all

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