If we are taking a trip, out of all the things that burn a hole in our pocket, the most painful one is the expense that begins even before our trip starts – ie, booking tickets. And if we are booking a flight ticket, the prices skyrocket. Recently, various reports have indicated that flight ticket prices will soar during Diwali. But Google Flights claims to have a solution.
Google Flights has introduced a new function designed to aid travellers on a budget as they strive to find the most favourable airfare bargains. The unveiling of this feature was officially communicated through a blog post on Monday (August 28).
Before getting into this, here's the thing: According to Google's blog, they 'rolled out' the feature within the last week. So, we waited for a week and tracked prices for certain destinations, and here's what we found about its effectiveness.
First, a quick guide to how it will work, according to Google:
Previously, on Google Flights, we could already see whether current prices for your search are low, typical or high compared to past averages for the same route.
For example, these insights could tell you that the cheapest time to book similar trips is usually two months before departure, and you’re currently in that sweet spot or you might learn that prices have usually dropped closer to takeoff, so you decide to wait before booking. Either way, you can make that decision with a greater sense of confidence.
However, when we tried booking from Delhi to Bagdogra, luckily we were able to find that suggestion. But Google asked me to book the tickets five months in advance, which clearly is not a wise(est) suggestion because, of course, the flight prices will be much lower five months before the travel date.
How can you do that? You can set up tracking for specific dates, or, if you're more flexible, you can turn on "Any dates" price tracking to receive emails about deals anytime in the next three to six months.
Unlike the previous feature, the tracking price option is available for all the flights. For instance, we tracked the same flight, Delhi to Bagdogra (West Bengal), and within the span of two weeks, we received two emails.
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Now, the third point is a very interesting one, as it offers a money-back guarantee.
Bottom line: The initiative itself is great; however, you need to be really, I mean really, flexible with your dates and sometimes your destination to use Google Flight's features for any profit.