Google Flights just took booking a flight within budget to affordable new heights.
We’ve all been there: you see an affordable flight online, get excited, confirm the dates with your travel partner, and go to book it only to find that the fares have gone way up.
These price changes are one of the most maddeningly frustrating things about booking a flight.
But now, an updated airline search tool from Google Flights makes it easier to know when prices will change so that you can get a better deal on airfare.
Using historical flight data to make its predictions, the site will let you know how long you have until the current fare is expected to change when you’re searching through specific flights.
The updated tool will include new features that predict fare changes and notify you about these price changes for the flights you’re interested in. If you aren’t eyeing a specific flight, the service will also offer up tips for specific routes.
If you aren’t eyeing a specific flight, the service will also offer up tips for specific routes.
“Tips can include things like recommendations for alternate airports or dates,” Google Flights product manager Nabil Naghdy writes in a blog post. “You may also see a new tip telling you about an expected price jump based on historic prices for that route.”
According to Google, the new features will roll out to the Google Flights website (there isn’t an app as of yet) in the coming weeks.
Finally, Google will update its hotel search with a new “deals” tab that will also reveal lower rates.
Unfortunately, when it comes to the additional, sometimes hidden costs of “extras” on flights, you’re on your own.