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Google Flights, how it works: find cheap flights with Google Flights

If you are looking for cheap flights, one of the best websites around is undoubtedly Google Flights , also known in Italy with the name of Google Flights. The California giant in fact provides this powerful search engine for low cost flights for free , which offers several interesting features compared to the more classic Skyscanner, Expedia and other more famous pages.

Thanks to the latest updates and improvements of Google Flights it is possible to find flights at low prices and use the many options available to you to search for flight offers and to keep an eye on prices and specific routes with email notifications.

Google Flights Low Cost Flights

So let's see in detail what is and how Google Flights works (or Google Flights to Italy) and how to best use it in your search for cheap flights.

What is Google Flights Google Flights is a search engine for low-cost flights with minimalist graphics and very simple to use, which aims to help you in finding the best flight deals and travel routes by air, comparing in real time the rates of airlines and showing you the best prices to travel in the period or on the selected route.

In this guide I will explain step by step how to find low cost flights and I will show you some tricks you may not know to make the most of the Google Flights search engine (Google Flights) . We leave immediately!

How Google Flights works First of all connected to the official website (from a mobile device, tablet or PC) to visit the Google Flight homepage , which should look like the one you see in the image below:

google flight flights home

The Google Flights homepage will automatically detect your location to show you the nearest departure airport, which you can change at any time. Scroll down the page to see an interactive map and several photos of some popular destinations among those looking for flights on Google Flights , with the prices of flights in increasing order, from the cheapest to the most expensive.

At this point you can start searching for low-cost flights on Google Flights, including your travel information, including:

Airport of departure and arrival (here you can enter only one city or an entire country) One-way flight, round-trip flight or multi-flight flight Type of class of your journey between Economy, Economy Premium, Business or First Class Number of passengers Number of stopovers Preferred travel time Duration of the trip Once you have selected the travel options, click on the search button to filter the results according to some specifications that will help you narrow down the search and choose the best available flight, for example in order from the cheapest to the highest price, as a departure time , duration of the trip or number of stopovers.

Here is an example screen for a Milan - Madrid flight searched through the Google Flights flight search engine :

how google flights works

As you can see the basic functions are very similar to those of other search engines for cheap flights, but there are several additional options and some tricks that make the flights search for Google Flights really interesting and extremely easy to use, as well as useful for reaching the goal of flying low cost .

As you can see from the search screen for airline tickets with the lowest price, Google Automatically provides some tips to help you select the most suitable flight for your low-cost trip, in the Flights Tips tab :

Dates: look at flight prices on similar dates; Price Chart: Explore the price trends for trips to Madrid; Airports: compare prices for the nearest airports in Madrid; Tips: organize your trip to Madrid. By clicking on Date for example, you open a table with the combinations of cheaper flights on dates close to what you specified in your initial search, so you can see at a stroke only if there are lower prices by changing the date of return your flight:

flight google

By clicking instead on price chart , Google Flights offers what I think is the visually simpler and more intuitive option to find cheap flights , an interactive chart where each column corresponds to one day and the respective flight price.

price chart google flights

The box on the airports instead offers information on the arrival airports closer to the one entered initially in the search engine of Google flights , with map, distance from the desired destination city and prices of direct flights and stopover.

The last option is particularly useful if you are looking for information to organize your trip ; places of interest, monuments, travel itineraries, hotels and everything you may need once you reach your final destination.

Not only is it looking for cheap flights with Google Flight , but also a complete overview of other travel options and interactive guides at your disposal to leave nothing to chance.

Tricks to find cheap flights with Google Flights And it's not over here 🙂here are some of the best tricks to find cheap flights thanks to Google Flights aka Google Flights !

Returning to the practical example of a search for air flights departing from Milan and arriving in Madrid, I have already explained the useful calendar option that Google makes available, to display the best flight prices without having to select a specific date each time .

The second option offered by Google Flights , very advantageous and particularly useful especially if you're still not convinced of buying your flight or you want to wait a few days to see if the price is lowered, is to monitor prices .

By ticking the appropriate box that you can find in the Google Flights home , you can in fact receive a notification to your email address when the price of the selected flight changes, so that you will always be updated on the changes concerning the desired route. Here is the screen in question:

Monitor prices for Google Flights

Click on the appropriate box that you can find in the list of low cost flights if you want to activate this useful option.

Thanks to all these tricks and tricks, I managed to find a return flight from Milan to Madrid with Ryanair for € 43 including taxes! Not bad!

Once you have found the flight that matches your needs, booking flights with Google Flights is just as simple and above all you will not have to worry about finding nasty surprises when booking; in fact, many search engines do not take into account airport taxes or other costs that actually significantly change the price of the flight.

Others show the results of sites like eDreams or Expedia, where you will have to pay additional commissions to purchase flights with a certain card (Visa or Mastercard) .

In the case of Google Flights instead you will be redirected to the website of the selected airline , without intermediaries. Here's how the final screen of the sample flight Milan-Madrid A / R at 43 € that I found thanks to the various functions of the search engine for flights of Google.

Book google flights

From this screen you can also view some additional information about your flight , very useful especially in the case of long journeys or with airlines with which you have never traveled before: presence of wifi and plugs to recharge your mobile phone on board the plane , in addition to the link to the official website of the airline to know in detail the rules on baggage, check in etc.

Not just the simple search for low-cost flights with Google , but also several additional features to learn all the information about your trip.

Are you not satisfied with the price of your flight or dates and want to quickly find an alternative solution? Do not worry, click on the calendar icon to view the prices to fly in the dates immediately following the entered date; here 's the Google Flights calendar :

google flights schedule

Not sure where to go? Get inspired by the map! Now that you know all the main tricks to search for low-cost flights with Google Flights, I want to show you the other function at your disposal very useful especially if you do not know where to go and you want to be inspired by the flights on offer available from the airport nearest you .

Map Google Flight Flights

Thanks to the Google flight map you can in fact explore the whole world by 😀viewing the cheapest air links available to a city or country.

Click on the blue dots to see in detail schedules, price and more precise information on each flight or city, or let Google decide for you the destination thanks to the "I feel lucky" button 🙂

I was surprised by the many features available on this search engine for low cost flights; I suggest you try it personally so that you can see with your own eyes how Google Flights works , without a doubt one of the best travel sites , and I invite you to share your experience and your opinions or questions in the comments.

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