Track Pricing History on Your Flights with Google Flights Price Alerts
“Will prices for my flight drop or should I book now?”
It’s one of the most common questions for airfare – and one of the toughest to answer. But Google Flights is here to help.
Google is constantly improving Google Flights, the unbeatable search engine for finding the cheapest flight. And one great feature comes with the platform’sprice alerts feature, allowing you to easily see price changes on the flight you’re tracking.
Time your flight purchase just right with this handy feature!
Google Flights Price Alerts
Here’s a quick rundown on how to use Google Flights Price Alerts: Once you’re on the Google Flights homepage, select your origin and destination airports and travel dates. Select round-trip or one-way tickets, the number of travelers and which class you want to fly (economy, business, etc.).
Once you’ve clicked Search, the results will start pouring in. Here, you can filter for what kind of flight you’d like. Set filters for number of bags you need, number of stops, airlines you want (or want to avoid), times you want to fly, and filter out long layovers. Google Flights is the king of tailoring your search to fit your needs!
Below, you’ll see a block in red: this is where you can track the prices of a specific flight. Clicking this toggle on will turn on price tracking. You must have a Gmail account to receive Google Flights price alerts. You’ll receive a notification via email if your tracked flight drops or increases significantly in price.
Google Flights Price Alerts have gotten smart in the last few months. They’ve developed tools to forecast when prices are likely to increase in the future. But with this update, Google Flights is looking to the past.
Google Flights Price History
You’ll be getting emails when prices change on your tracked flights. But you can also keep track of your tracked flights on Google Flights’ homepage.
And to see this great feature in action, select “View all” your tracked prices on the Google Flights homepage.
Here, you’ll notice a graph with tracked prices beginning on the first day you set up your Price Alert. These graphs show the variance in airline pricing from day to day on the specific flight you’re tracking. It allows you to consider the data and the pricing trends for the specific destination you’re tracking a flight for, and make a decision based on data.
Take this flight to Nashville (BNA) I’ve been tracking for over 100 days. Looking at the data, I should have booked around the 100-day mark when prices were as low as $190. Prices are sporadic but I’ll wait for another dip to around $230 and hope for something close to $200 for my dates.
For another flight I’m tracking to Boston (BOS), the changes in airfare look to be in my favor as my dates get closer. It appears that prices are staying pretty stable on the MSP-BOS route, but as my travel dates get closer, the prices are dropping. Based on this data, I plan to bide my time and hope for a price drop to $137 or lower in the coming months.
Helpful features like these graphs with historic pricing are why we love using Google Flights for tracking and booking cheap flights. Knowledge is power, friends, and Google Flights gives us the power to understand past trends and forecast future flight prices. If you aren’t already using Google Flights Price Alerts, it’s time.
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