I’m a big fan of ITA Software, which Google bought for almost a billion dollars back in 2011. Everyone thought it was going to be the end of the air search competition, but it obviously wasn’t. However, they ultimately used that ITA Software to make a very handy flight search—which is Google Flights.
Google Flights makes it easy to search over a certain period for the cheapest price. But by far my favorite function is the one that lets you expand the map on the right side to see practically every city in the world, and what the cheapest fare is that will take you there from your home airport. Zoom out to get the whole world, and then zoom in to a particular region to see the price (see screenshot above). What’s also cool is there is the “I’m Feeling Lucky” button, which just picks and searches a random city. At first I thought it always picked Vegas as the destination, but after a few clicks I learned that’s not the case.
Another cool feature allow you to search by airline alliance, which is important for those that collect miles (raising hand). The site takes some getting used to, and it doesn’t make it that easy to go back to the homepage, but it’s definitely one you want to add to your list when you’re searching flights. Do I think Google’s competitors are shaking in their boots? Nah.
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