Flight search

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What Google Flights is bad at

Google Flights isn’t perfect. Here’s where it lags a bit behind:

  • Doesn’t always have the lowest fares: Google Flights works by searching fares sold directly from the airlines and a handful of the top online travel agencies (OTAs), such as Expedia or Orbitz. Many times the best fares are found on smaller online travel agencies that Google Flights doesn’t look at. Google Flights doesn’t display results from Southwest Airlines, so you’ll also need to check those directly with the airline.
  • Doesn’t find many mistake fares: Similarly, many Mistake Fares only show up on smaller online travel agency websites. Google Flights won’t be able to find those.
  • Displays unavailable deals: Every once in a while, Google Flights will tell you a fare is available at a certain rate, but when you click to proceed with a booking either (a) the fare jumps in price, or (b) there is no way to book online and instructs you instead to call the airline. (Don’t bother calling, it won’t work.) This phenomenon is called «ghosting», and happens occasionally on Google Flights when a fare was recently available but no longer is.

Как забронировать авиабилет

Примечание. Все билеты бронируются у авиакомпаний и турагентств.  

  1. Выполните поиск на сайте Google Авиабилеты.
  2. Выберите рейс и нажмите «Бронирование через Google», если этот вариант доступен.
  3. Введите данные пассажира: имя, пол, номер телефона, дату рождения и адрес электронной почты. Нажмите Продолжить.
  4. Выберите один из существующих способов оплаты или добавьте новый. Нажмите Продолжить.
  5. В некоторых случаях вы увидите раздел Выберите места. Если вы хотите заранее забронировать места в самолете, нажмите Добавить места. Примечание. Это также можно сделать на сайте авиакомпании после покупки билетов.
  6. Выберите места на каждом отрезке пути и нажмите Готово. 
  7. Убедитесь, что в данных пассажира и сведениях о маршруте нет ошибок.
  8. Нажмите Забронировать.
  9. Google безопасным способом передаст авиакомпании или турагентству сведения о пассажирах и платежные данные.

После бронирования

  • Когда бронирование будет обработано, наш партнер, у которого вы приобрели билет, отправит на адрес вашей электронной почты письмо с подтверждением.
  • Помощь по вопросам о бронировании, в том числе об изменениях и отменах, можно будет получить у авиакомпании или турагентства, где был приобретен билет. При необходимости сюда же следует отправлять жалобы, связанные с рейсом.

Способы оплаты и информация о транзакции

В большинстве случаев средства списываются с карты после того, как бронирование подтверждено. Пока оно проверяется, некоторые авиалинии и турагентства производят временные списания.

Подтверждение платежа по технологии 3-D Secure

Если у вас включена аутентификация по протоколу 3-D Secure, то при оплате вам может потребоваться ввести код подтверждения.

Как найти транзакцию в выписке по счету

В выписке по счету транзакция об оплате авиабилета выглядит как списание от авиакомпании или турагентства, а не от Google.

Как оспорить списание

Google не обрабатывает платежи за авиабилеты, поэтому, если у вас возникнут вопросы, обратитесь в авиакомпанию или турагентство. Узнать контактные данные партнера, у которого вы оформили бронирование, можно в электронном письме с подтверждением.

Сведения о бронировании

  • подробная информация о бронировании;
  • контактная информация авиакомпании или турагентства.

Совет. Если письма с подтверждением нет в папке «Входящие», проверьте папку «Спам».

Чтобы изменить или отменить бронирование, обратитесь напрямую к сотрудникам авиакомпании или турагентства.

Instructions to buy tickets separately

If you see a notice that both tickets can be bought in a single transaction from an online travel agency, click the link to visit their website.

  1. Visit the first airline or online travel agency’s website.
  2. Double-check the price, and buy your first ticket.
  3. Immediately visit the next airline’s on travel agency’s website, and buy the second ticket, to make sure your second ticket is still available. If your second ticket can’t be bought, in the United States, in most cases, you can call the airline to take advantage of 24-hour refund policies to refund the first ticket.

Note:

  • If you need to make changes, you might be charged a change fee for each ticket.
  • Each airline has different baggage rules and fees.
  • Buying separate tickets from different airlines may require claiming and rechecking baggage, which takes additional time, so plan accordingly.
  • If your outbound trip is delayed, for example in the case of a layover or multi-city trip, you might miss your second trip. To find out about your options, contact the airline.

Why some flights aren’t included

Google Flights uses over 300 partners, like airlines, online travel agencies, and aggregators, to display its offers. Not all airlines or available flights are included, as a partnership with Google is required. Most of these partners provide Google with all prices and flight options that they would show on their own websites or through third-party sites. This ensures that you get a complete view of the flights and prices that match your search, without the need to check prices on multiple sites.

Some flights might not show up when:

  • The flights are sold out or unavailable.
  • The carrier hasn’t yet been added to Google Flights.

About baggage fees, prices, and more

If you notice a price discrepancy after you select your flight, use the feedback button  in the lower left corner of the screen when searching on Google Flights.

Specific or additional insurances and/or commercial warranties may be offered by the carriers. For more information, please visit the carrier’s website.

How to get a map view on Google Flights

One of the handy, hidden features of Google Flights is the ability to pull up a map and see cheap flights across an entire country or region, though note that to get full use of this feature you need to be on a desktop, not mobile.

To pull up the map, start your search as you usually would, by inputting your departure city and dates, but leave the destination blank. Then click the blue «Search» button.

When you do so, Google Flights will switch to a map view like so (You can zoom in anywhere on the map, like Europe, to see more fares):

You can even enter entire continents like Europe or Asia rather than specific countries.

One important factor to keep in mind is the initial map view only shows you the fares on the specific dates you entered.

If you have flexibility and just want to find the cheapest fare anytime, you can click the dates and switch to the “Flexible dates” option like so:

Google Flights tutorial

Google Flights searches fares on nearly every airline’s website, as well as the largest online travel agencies like Orbitz and Priceline.

How to change your currency or language on Google Flights

In the top left-hand corner of Google Flights, look for the «hamburger»—the three horizontal lines to the left of the words «Google Flights.»

This opens up a vertical menu on the left-hand side. At the bottom of this, there are options to change the language, currency, or country you use for Google Flights. From here you can also access the Explore map, or view any prices you’re tracking (more on that below).

You can also adjust your country, currency, and language at the bottom on the page.

How to set departure and arrival locations on Google Flights

When you get to the homepage, type in where you want to fly from and where you want to fly to, along with your preferred dates. Here’s an example:

Remember that you can put up to seven airports in each box, separated by commas. If you’re looking for a cheap trip to anywhere Europe, for example, you might put as your destination “LHR, CDG, AMS, CPH, BCN, FCO, MXP” to see where the cheapest flight is from Chicago to either London, Paris, Amsterdam, Copenhagen, Barcelona, Rome, or Milan.

Remember that some cities with multiple airports have city codes. These include NYC (New York City) or WAS (Washington DC), which count for 3 each because NYC = JFK, LGA, EWR and WAS = DCA, IAD, BWI.

How to select dates on Google Flights

In order to find the cheapest dates, click the departure date box. When you do that, prices for 2 months will pop up, with the cheapest dates in green, like so:

Important: Google Flights only takes into account prices in the months you’ve told it to look at. So in the above example, the green dates are the lowest in September and October. However, there could be cheaper dates in future months that Google Flights will only find if you click the right arrow to scroll to later months.

Once you’ve looked at the calendar of lowest fares, click on the date you want for your departure, after which you’ll click on the date you’d like to return.

At this point, Google Flights then gives you a big list of possible flights, like so:

Notice that Google Flights lists a few up top that they consider to be the “Best departing flights” taking into account factors like price and routing. It can still be worth taking a look at the “Other departing flights” to see if any of those work better for your schedule.

All flight times on Google Flights are shown in local time. If you notice a +1 next to the arrival time listed, on a Google Flights itinerary, it means your flight arrives the next day (or 2 days later if it says +2).

How to book flights on Google Flights

Once you’ve decided on a good departure flight, click on it. You’ll then be prompted to choose a corresponding return flight (assuming you’re booking a roundtrip fare) and your screen will look like this:

If you want to go back and change the departure flight, all you do in the above example is click where it says “ORD-VCE Tue, Sep 18” towards the upper left.

Note:  The price Google Flights shows includes taxes. If you’ve searched for a round trip itinerary, the price displayed by Google Flights will be the cost for the entire round trip.

Google Flights isn’t an online travel agency (OTA); it’s a flight search engine. That means you can’t actually book a flight on Google Flights as Google Flights doesn’t sell flights to the consumer. Instead, Google Flights will pass you on to the airline’s website where you can book directly.

Once you click your preferred return flight, you’ll be taken to your booking options, like so:

Click to book either through KLM or Delta and you’ll be taken to their checkout page where you’ll enter passenger and payment information.

3. Explore Map

A fan favorite Google Flights tip and trick is the «I’m Feeling Lucky» button on the Explore Map option. If you have some flexibility in your departure or destination, the Explore Map feature is an easy way to quickly get a birdseye view of flight prices.

When you want to figuratively throw darts at the map, click the I’m Feeling Lucky button and Google will choose a place it thinks you will enjoy. You can refine the search by typing in keywords like Europe, Spain, Asia, etc. If you don’t like their suggestions, just keep clicking the button.

Explore the Google Flights map with the I’m Feeling Lucky feature.

Track Flight Price Trends

Another cool Google Flights tip is the ability to track historical prices. Google will send alerts when it predicts prices will increase or decrease. With this second tip, you can track historical prices yourself for flights that you tell Google to monitor.

This trick can be useful if you like to fly the same route periodically for business or pleasure. To get started, simply choose the flight itinerary you want Google to track by clicking the «Track Price» button before you choose a departing flight to track the average fare price or after you select the arrival and departure flights to track the price of a specific itinerary.

Each day, Google will update the price trends with a rolling line graph in the Tracked Prices menu. Until the flight takes off, Google will continue to send you price predictions. And, you can use the graph to determine your purchase timing for future flights to try and predict your own price dip.

Google Flights track historical prices.

5 Tips to Use Google Flights to Find Cheap Airfare

  1. Use the filters to select the type of journey you want – dates, airline, stops, times, etc.
  2. If you’re open to travel ideas, use the Explore Map to look at possible destinations and prices for a certain time frame
  3. Search multiple airports in your search query for the best pricing options
  4. Look at the pricing calendar for savings on alternative dates
  5. Use the “track price” option for the flight you’re interested in.
    (Scroll down to bottom of search page and click Track Price. When flight prices changes, you’ll get an email alert.) If the price goes down after you’ve bought the ticket, US Airlines let you cancel or make one change for free within 24 hours of purchase

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What Google Flights is good at

Google Flights has a number of specific advantages:

  • Lightning fast: Google Flights is faster than any other flight search engine, displaying months worth of fares in fractions of a second.
  • Calendar-based fare view: Google Flights has a simple, intuitive calendar view that shows you the cheapest fare over the next 12 months.
  • Multiple airport search: Google Flights lets you search for the cheapest fare between up to 7 origin and 7 destination airports, without slowing the search down.
  • Map-based search: The Google Flights Explore map lets you see the cheapest place to fly from your airport during your selected dates/date range.

How to tell if you’ve found a good deal on Google Flights

Google Flights recently rolled out a new feature that will help you figure out if the flight you’ve found is a good deal. It’s currently only available on some routes, and we’ve seen it show up inconsistently for now, but once it’s fully rolled out, it’ll be a helpful way to figure out, at a glance, whether the price you’re seeing is a good deal based on average prices for your specific dates.

The data shows up underneath the flight options on the search results page. Take, for example, the deal we recently shared for $280 roundtrip flights from San Francisco to Mexico City. Google Flights says these tickets are usually $30-70 more expensive at $308-$353 for these dates, so it classifies this as a good deal. In this case, the lowest price is a great nonstop flight, but be aware that sometimes the lowest price might involve multiple layovers or bad routing, so while Google Flights may call it a deal based purely on price, it might not be a flight you want to take.

The color-coded bar tells you if prices are lower than usual (green), average (yellow), or higher than usual (red). It also tells you how much more or less you’ll pay than average price.

You can expand the section by hitting the blue «Details» hyperlink. Here you’ll get more specifics on the range of average prices for your dates.

Google Flights: Discover Destinations

If you’re open to travel suggestions for google tickets, Google Flights is an excellent travel planning tool. One of our favorite Google Flights features is Discover Destinations, which lets you explore flight options by dates, places or interests. Simply put in your starting airport and then select the options that interest you.

A recent search for a one-week trip from Denver offered flights to Seattle for $146, Boston from $269 and Atlanta from $270. After selecting “Flights to Europe” for “one week” in “April,” Google suggested flights to Istanbul from $902, Paris from $400 and Stockholm from $703, among others.

If you’re not sure where you’d like to go on your next vacation, but you know what you want to do there, you can use the “Interests” filter. Google Flights offers options from beaches to food to adventure travel and islands. Simply select the option you want and Google Flights offers ideas. When we selected “islands,” flights to places like Tahiti, Saipan and Fiji came up with pricing. You can also see pricing options for hotels at each destination.

Other small, but helpful bits of information are also provided with each flight, including whether or not Wifi is available on the flight and if in-seat power is available.

If you’re a member of an airline alliance, such as One World or Star Alliance, you can filter for flights that fit that criterion. This helps if you’re planning on using frequent flyer miles to book a trip.

It’s important to note that you are NOT buying your airline ticket from Google. The site simply sends you to their partner airline’s site to book directly. (Google earns a commission for each customer they send to an airline.)


Airfare pricing graph on Google Flights

Launch the flight simulator

You can open the flight simulator through the menu or by using shortcut keys:

  • In the menu: Click Tools  Enter Flight Simulator
  • Windows: Press Ctrl + Alt + a
  • Mac: Press ⌘+ Option + a

Choose your plane

Choose which aircraft you want to fly, where you want to start your flight, and how you want to control your plane.

Note: To change your aircraft, start location, or controller, you must exit the flight simulator first.

  1. Choose your aircraft
    • If you’re a beginner pilot, use the SR22 to learn how to fly.
    • If you’re a skilled pilot, use the F-16 to climb straight up and keep going.
  2. Choose where to start your flight
    • To start from your current location, choose Current View.
    • To start from an airport, choose Airport and pick an airport from the drop-down list.
  3. Set up your flight controller
    • Computer joystick (optional): Under «Joystick support,» check Joystick enabled. Check your joystick’s manual for more detailed instructions.
    • Computer mouse: Place your cursor in the center of the screen. Then, click your mouse button once.

Special Features

Google’s been improving the Flights tool since it launched in 2011 by making it faster, adding new functionalities, and adding airlines and options. Price tracking is just one of those newer features.

Price Prediction and Fare Expiration

In October 2016, Google announced a new tool that would notify people looking for flights if prices were expected to change soon [].

Airline fare rules and planning are incredibly complicated and hard to figure out, so there’s no guarantee that Google’s prediction will be correct. However, in a few test cases, it is found to be fairly accurate.

The tool only pops up if you’re looking for a flight that’s expected to change prices soon — you won’t see it otherwise. A red flag appears next to the “Best Flights” box or the specific flight and says when prices are expected to change.

Know when airfare will likely change using Google Flights price prediction. Image Credit: google.com/flights

Click “Learn more” to see more information, including Google’s reasoning behind the prediction, such as when prices usually change, how often that happens, and by how much.

Flight Delay Notification and Prediction

Google Flights will also predict delays to inform your purchase decision.  In your search results, Google Flights will provide a note indicating flights that are often delayed.

Enhanced by Legroom (Google Chrome Extension)

Know exactly how much legroom you’ll have by using the Enhanced by Legroom extension. Image Credit: google.com/flights

Google Flights has a free extension for the Google Chrome web browser that adds information about seats to your search results. When you search for an economy class ticket, you’ll see the particular flight’s pitch (distance from the back of one seat to the back of the next seat) on the right-hand side of each result.

Flights with a smaller pitch are highlighted in red, while flights with a more generous pitch are in green. If you search for a premium cabin, you’ll see the type of seat on the flight — for example, a recliner, angled-flat, or lie-flat seat.

This is a fantastically helpful tool! As airlines are still working to make their fleets uniform following mergers over the past few years, it’s helpful to know exactly what kind of seat you’re paying for, especially since it can vary based on which plane is being flown on the route.

Find your flights

  1. Go to Google Flights.
  2. Enter your departure city or airport and destination. Note: You can also find destinations by clicking on a popular destinations list or on a world map.
  3. At top, select your ticket type: one-way, roundtrip, or multi-city.
  4. At top, select the number of passengers and cabin class.
  5. Click the calendar to select your flight dates. You’ll see the lowest total price to fly for each day. Note: Flight prices are updated approximately once every 24 hours.
  6. Optional: 

    • To filter your results, click Stops, Airlines, Times, or More.
    • Click Sort by  to re-order flights. You can see results by Best Flights (a default order that gives you the best trade-off between price and convenience, based on factors such as duration, number of stops, and airport changes during layovers), Price, Duration, and Departure Time.
  7. Choose a flight for each part of your trip.
  8. Choose how you’ll book the flight:
    • When you click Select for your ticket(s), you’ll usually be taken to the airline’s website or online travel agency to complete the transaction.
    • If you choose Book on Google, you can complete the transaction without leaving Google.
    • In some cases, you can book .
  9. Once you’ve booked a flight, contact the airline or online travel agent to confirm your booking, change it, cancel it, or to resolve any issue that may arise.

Note: If your flight can’t be booked online, you’ll see instructions to book by phone.

Flight insights

After searching for your tickets, “Flight insights” gives you options to optimize your travel experience.

 Tips: See recommendations for when to book your ticket, cabin upgrades, travel guides, and more.

 Dates: Explore which travel dates have the best fares.

 Airports: Show fares for alternative airports.

 Price graph: If your travel dates are flexible, explore fare trends by month or week.

Booking separate tickets for one trip

Flights can be bought as separate tickets from one or more partners. This option might appear when it could save you money or open more flight schedules.

What to do when cheap flights can’t be booked through Google Flights («Ghosting»)

On occasion, Google Flights will initially tell you a cheap fare is available, but when you try to book the fare either jumps in price or is unable to be booked altogether.

We refer to this as “ghosting.”

  • At some point in the Google Flights search process, the price drastically increases
  • When Google Flights gives you booking options, the only available way to get the promised low price is to call the airline
  • When Google Flights takes you to the last step and promises you can book a low fare either with the airline or an online travel agency, but when you click to do so, the price jumps on the booking page

In each of these cases, there’s no way to book those specific flights on those specific dates at the original cheap price.

Here are some ways to see if a ghosting fare can still be booked:

  • Try other dates in Google Flights
  • Take the dates of a ghosting fare and see if it can be booked in Priceline
  • Take the dates of a ghosting fare and see if it can be booked in Momondo

None of these routes are guaranteed; sometimes a ghosting fare is unable to be booked anywhere.

Best Flights

Every travel portal has their own version of this, but, this Google Flights tip can still save you money and time. For each search, Google will recommend two or three different flights that are cheap, have decent flight times, the number of stops, and incidental fees like checked bags and amenities.

These flights aren’t always the cheapest, but, they are pretty close. You can also continue to scroll beneath the Best Flights suggestions to choose an alternative flight or carrier.

The one large downside to Google Flights and every travel search engine is they don’t have access to Southwest and some other low-cost airline’s ticket prices which can be lower than Google’s search results.

Google best flights feature.

How Google Flights Can Save You Money

The first thing you might notice is that Google Flights isn’t quite as flashy as some of the online travel agencies like Expedia, Priceline, or Orbitz. Have no fear — it’s still a powerful search engine with lots of options!

Search Multiple Cities

Google Flights Multi-City Search. Image Credit: google.com/flights

Start by entering your basic search criteria, just as you would on any other site. Google Flights allows you to do multiple searches at once — up to 7 departure and 7 destinations in the search box! — saving you tons of time when you are doing a flexible search.

As an example, let’s say you want to fly from New York City to Europe but without a specific city in mind. In the departure box you can enter New York City, which will search all of the New York Airports (LGA, JFK, EWR) — or you can select the airports individually, including other nearby airports like Islip, Long Island (ISP) or Philadelphia (PHL).

For your destination city, start typing in cities you are interested in visiting like Paris (CDG), Barcelona (BCN), Berlin (BER), etc. Google Flights will search for the best options all at once, instead of looking up the price of each route individually!

Your results list will display options including all of the cities added to your search. In the example below, we can see the cheapest flight is a nonstop flight from New York (JFK) to Paris (CDG).

Use Google Flights to search for the best flight options. Image Credit: google.com/flights

Search Multiple Dates

Use the flexible dates calendar to find the cheapest flight options. Image Credit: google.com/flights

You now know you can search multiple departure and arrival cities, but how can you find out the cheapest dates to fly?

After inputting your departure and arrival cities, look at the dates to the right side of the search box. Clicking the calendar icon will display a calendar view showing prices for the whole month. Days that offer lower prices will be shown in green. As you can see, the majority of dates for this route in September and October have pricing for business class in green.

Hot Tip: You can adjust the duration of your trip by using the arrows at each side of the calendar box.

Fly your plane

Monitor everything that’s happening on your flight with the head-up display (HUD). To get help while you’re flying, press Ctrl + h (Windows and Linux).

Head-up display

  1. Speed: current speed in knots
  2. Heading: direction the aircraft is pointed
  3. Bank angle: angle you’re using to slowly turn the plane in a new direction
  4. Vertical speed: rate of ascent or descent in feet per minute
  5. Exit flight simulator feature: click this button to exit the flight simulator
  6. Throttle: level of the engine’s power
  7. Rudder: angle of the vertical axis of the plane
  8. Aileron: angle of the plane when you roll or bank it
  9. Elevator: angle and lift of the plane’s wings
  10. Flap and gear indicators: where the flaps and gears are set
  11. Pitch angle: angle between where the airplane is pointed and the horizon in degrees
  12. Altitude: how many feet above sea level the plane is flying

Fly using a joystick

  1. To taxi down the runway for take off, press the joystick forward to pick up speed.
  2. Once the plane is moving quickly, pull the joystick back slightly to lift off.
  3. When your plane reaches flight altitude and the wings have leveled off, center the joystick.
  4. To change direction, make course corrections, or bank left or right, move the joystick in the direction you want to go. Small movements work best.

Pause or resume a flight: Press the spacebar to pause a flight. Then, press it again to resume your flight.

Fly using a mouse & keyboard

  1. Press the Page Up key to increase thrust and taxi the plane down the runway.
  2. Once the plane is moving, move the mouse slightly down. When you’re going fast enough, your plane will take off.
  3. When your plane reaches flight altitude and the wings have leveled off, center the mouse on your screen.
  4. To change directions, make course corrections, or bank right or left, use the arrow keys. Small corrections work best.
  5. To look around, press the arrow keys + Alt to turn slowly or + Ctrl to turn quickly.

For more keyboard flight controls, see the keyboard shortcuts.

How to Use Google Flights to Find Cheap Airfare

Airline tickets are often a major vacation expense. So it’s no wonder that many of us spend hours looking for the cheapest airfares.

Gone are the days when we had to rely on travel agents to plan a holiday. Now we use sites like CheapOair, OneTravel, Kayak, Expedia and many more to compare airfare and book flights.

Google has jumped into the airline and hotel booking business with googleflights or the google flights app. While Google Flights has been around since 2011, it was revamped in 2018 with even more user-friendly features.

The Google Flights app can help you find the cheapest airline tickets using their easy-to-use search tool, but the platform goes well beyond that, with a wealth of features such as the ability to track prices, pricing graphs, pricing on alternative travel dates and flight options at alternative airports.

Discover Destinations

Another way you can search and still «see the big picture» is with the Discover Destinations function. This box is located beneath the flight search field on the Google Flights homepage.

Information that you enter into the flight’s search box including travel dates, desired carriers, and your spending limit will automatically update the price point information on the Discover Destinations map.

Discover different destinations when searching for flights.

You can further customize Discover Destinations by clicking the dates, places, and interests buttons located immediately underneath the Discover Destinations title. Google will show destinations with the average fare price next to each city name.

In addition to the map, there will also be pictures and prices of more distant locations that might not appear on the map unless you zoom out. To see more flight information at these recommended destinations, simply click on the city name on the map or the information boxes.

Summary on Google Flights

Google Flights does a great job at crunching ITA Matrix software data to quickly find you all the different flight combinations. What many people don’t realize is you don’t need to go to Google Flights when you are ready to buy a ticket. It’s a great way to brainstorm your next vacation and to also monitor prices for when you plan to reserve a ticket in the near future.

Tip: Remember to purchase your airfare with a rewards credit card that has a category bonus for airline purchases. For example, you can earn 2x points per $1 on travel purchases with the Chase Sapphire Preferred which is considered the best personal travel card by many. Or you can earn 5x points per $1 with the premium Amex Platinumtravel card, but there’s a hefty annual fee of $550. 

Instructions to buy tickets separately

If you see a notice that both tickets can be bought in a single transaction from an online travel agency, click the link to visit their website.

  1. Visit the first airline or online travel agency’s website.
  2. Double-check the price, and buy your first ticket.
  3. Immediately visit the next airline’s on travel agency’s website, and buy the second ticket, to make sure your second ticket is still available. If your second ticket can’t be bought, in the United States, in most cases, you can call the airline to take advantage of 24-hour refund policies to refund the first ticket.

Note:

  • If you need to make changes, you might be charged a change fee for each ticket.
  • Each airline has different baggage rules and fees.
  • Buying separate tickets from different airlines may require claiming and rechecking baggage, which takes additional time, so plan accordingly.
  • If your outbound trip is delayed, for example in the case of a layover or multi-city trip, you might miss your second trip. To find out about your options, contact the airline.

Why some flights aren’t included

Google Flights uses over 300 partners, like airlines, online travel agencies, and aggregators, to display its offers. Not all airlines or available flights are included, as a partnership with Google is required. Most of these partners provide Google with all prices and flight options that they would show on their own websites or through third-party sites. This ensures that you get a complete view of the flights and prices that match your search, without the need to check prices on multiple sites.

Some flights might not show up when:

  • The flights are sold out or unavailable.
  • The carrier hasn’t yet been added to Google Flights.

About baggage fees, prices, and more

If you notice a price discrepancy after you select your flight, use the feedback button  in the lower left corner of the screen when searching on Google Flights.

Specific or additional insurances and/or commercial warranties may be offered by the carriers. For more information, please visit the carrier’s website.

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