Using Google Flights
You can click on a card to reveal the options available for each destination.
Clicking the “show flights” link will lead back to the main results screen that we showed in the first example. The best flights will be displayed at the top, and then numerous other possibilities below that. There is also an option to “show hotels” which will display a map of hotels and a list of properties and prices.
Using Filters on Google Flights
Once you have a general set of search results, there are several options to refine the flight choices. Right below the data fields you will see five drop down menus:
The stops menu allows you to choose between any, nonstop, one or two stops. The price filter is simply a slider tool allowing you to set a maximum price.
The airline menu is moredetailed. You may select one of the three major airline alliances, which can be handy if you plan on making an award booking, or want to purchase a paid ticket and credit the miles to a partner airline. You can also choose to select or exclude specific airlines, which is a great filter when looking for routing for mileage award booking where you want to avoid certain carriers because of high fuel surcharges.
The times menu allows you to set departure and arrival times individually for your outbound and return flights.
The “more” menu has three types of options: duration, separate tickets, and connecting airports. The duration filter is a slider that allows you to set a maximum flight length. The “separate tickets” filter allows you choose whether or not you want Google to display results that would force you to book separate tickets, typically two one-way tickets on separate airlines. This requires a bit more work on your part, but can result in substantial savings. Lastly, you may select or exclude specific airports for your connection. This is most useful if you are planning to stopover in a connecting city.
Do you use Google Flights when researching flights? What are your thoughts about it?