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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Receiving Google Flights 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.


The New Change to Google Flights Price Alerts

Google Flights just rolled out a massively important change to their price alerts and we are thrilled with its new features. With the old Google Flights price alert tool, you could only track a specific flight: let’s say Minneapolis-St. Paul (MSP) to Puerto Vallarta (PVR) on Delta on April 20 at 3:30 p.m. to April 27 at 7:45 p.m. There was no way to broaden it to catch several other airlines or times without setting up more alerts.

But now, it’s much bigger and better. Your price alerts will catch whatever filters you set for your flight: bags, stops, and airlines.

The biggest gain here is that 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. 


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This is a huge gain for those of us searching for the cheapest flights. Instead of just tracking one specific flight on one specific airline, Google Flights will now notify you of a price drop on your selected dates on any of the airlines you’ve selected.

In the red box below, you can see the parameters I’ve set for a flight I’d like to track. I only want to see flights that include a carry-on bag, are nonstop, and are not on budget carriers. These features weren’t available before, are now possible with the Google Flights price alert tool.


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Once you’ve selected your filters, click the “Track prices” toggle and your Google Flights price alert will reflect those filter parameters you’ve set. This is a huge improvement for the price alerts feature that will make your search for cheap flights much easier.


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Bottom Line

There is no exact science to know when flights will be on sale, but these latest improvements to 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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