Tracking Airfare Just Got Easier with Google Flights Price Alerts
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Tracking Airfare Just Got Easier with Google Flights Price Alerts

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If you’re looking to get the cheapest price on a flight, there’s no tool or website better than Google Flights. This travel search engine is amazingly efficient and powerful. Let us list the ways.

Google Flights allows you to search up to five origin cities and five destinations at the same time, so you can scope out plenty of options for a trip. You can use Google Flights’ filters to set various stop, price, airline, and time restrictions. Filter for the flights that offer the baggage allowances you need. Don’t even bother with long layovers by filtering by layover duration and stops. And one of our absolute favorite tools is the Google Flights Explore feature. Select a month, date range, or specific dates, and see which destinations are cheapest from your home airport.

Never used Google Flights before? Check out our guide to use Google Flights for finding cheap flights.


One of the questions we get asked most is: will prices for this flight drop again? Luckily, one of Google Flights’ incredible tools answers that question. The Google Flights Price Alert tool has been recently improved and it’s better than ever.


Why Should I Set Up a Price Alert?

The truth is, it’s nearly impossible to predict when airlines will run flash sales on certain routes, how long a sale will last, or when the price might increase. There are many logical and economic factors at play when it comes to flight deals. Whether it be demand or airline competition, it’s hard to know exactly when flight sales will occur.

If you have flexibility and are open to different destinations for your next vacation, check out of Thrifty Traveler Premium service. Our team of travel hackers search airfare 24/7 and instantly notify you of unadvertised flash sales and mistake fares.

But if you’re stuck with particular dates and a specific destination, we highly recommend setting up a price alert on Google Flights to track the lowest price.


How Do I Set Up a Google Flights Price Alert?

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 flight class on the flight (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. Select filters for number of bags included, number of stops, select or deselect airlines, times you want to fly, and filter out long layovers. Google Flights is king of filter options!

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. But you must have a Gmail account to receive Google Flights price alerts. 

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Your price alerts will catch whatever filters you set for your flight: bags, stops, and airlines. You can get alerted of price drops for the route and dates you selected on as many or as few airlines as you’d like. Just filter for the flight deals you’d like to track, and then toggle the “Track prices” on.

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How Do I See My Price Alerts?

Once you begin tracking a certain route and date set, you’ll start receiving email notifications if prices decrease or significantly increase.

You can also see all of your price alerts on Google Flights as well. Click the menu bar on the left-hand side of Google Flights to view all your tracked prices in a list form.

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On the Google Flights Price Alert page, you can see all the flights you’re currently tracking. You can expand the price history to see price changes. If you click on the price alert itself, it will pull up the search with those prices. You can then click through that Google Flights search to book at that price directly with the airline.

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If you are no longer interested in tracking a flight, you can simply click the trashcan icon shown above to delete that tracked flight.


Bottom Line

There is no exact science to know when flights will increase or decrease in price, but Google Flights price alerts can help you get ahead of the curve.

The Google Flights price alert tool should absolutely be one of the first tools you use when searching for cheap flights for a specific set of dates and destination. Now, go set up a price alert for your upcoming vacation!


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