Newly introduced Google holiday travel planning tools will help people find fun destinations, accommodations, and more…
Search giant Google just unveiled new options for discovering destinations for the upcoming seasonal travel. The company will help people find deals with holiday price trends, travel tips, and more through the Google Flights app and Hotel Search.
New Google Holiday Travel Planning Tools Released
It’s made possible by combining resources from Google News Lab and Polygraph. Travel planners can easily find hotel deals and flight fares for Thanksgiving, Christmas, as well as New Years.
“If you’re planning to go on vacation, we’ll also show you what destinations have unusually low hotel prices during these holidays. As you browse hotel destinations, we’ll show you some of the most popular things to do when you get to your destination, based on the activities that others have saved in Google Search and Maps.”
For instance, the Google Flights app will show fare information, indicating if these are low, high, or typical. The search engine does this by comparing historical data and prices from earlier in the year.
“We’ve also added new ways to find great deals in the Explore Map in Google Flights. If you’re flexible on your travel location or dates for an end-of-year getaway, you can search for destinations like ‘Southern Europe,’ then choose either specific or flexible dates. Google Flights searches through thousands of possible destinations, analyzes their historical flight prices and then highlights cities with good deals in green.”
Since hotel rates fluctuate, particularly during the two biggest holiday travel seasons, Google has added Price Insights to Hotel Search. It displays pricing evolution:
“Say you’re looking to stay at a hotel in San Diego on Christmas. You can now explore that hotel’s historical prices, if it’s lower or higher than usual, and compare that price to other hotels in the same destination within a similar price range–and of the same star rating– during the same time period.”
Google suggests to start looking soon and booking by mid-September for saving on travel and accommodations.