You're looking to set aside your 13th month for that vacation your family needs. Plane tickets are costly so you want to make sure you get a good deal because once you pay up, it will take some time to save that amount again. Besides, no one likes finding out they could have gotten a better deal if they bought sooner or waited a little longer. How can you calm your pocket and mind? Check out Google Flights, which can help you find a good deal and it works even if all you have is a place and no date, or a date and no place.
1. If you’re all set to buy, Google will show you the best flights to take. This is for you if your destination and date are fixed.
See the plane ticket in green in the image below? That’s Google Flights showing you the cheapest plane tickets for your input destination and date. In the case of our search of roundtrip tickets for Seoul in June 2017, we got P7,630 for flights on AirAsia, a low-cost airline, which is less than half the price of Philippine Airlines’ and Asiana’s. Granted, however, this ticket may have less perks, like less leg room and no inflight meal as it is a budget carrier.
2. Let Google Flights choose your travel dates. This is for you if your destination is fixed but your date is flexible.
Simply input where you want to go, click on the calendar icon next to the travel date box and it will show you the dates with the cheapest plane tickets.
We checked for the best time of the year for vacations to current Pinoy travel hotspots. Results showed that June and July 2017 are cheapest for Hong Kong with tickets for as low as P4,000. For Seoul in South Korea, it’s also June 2017 with P8,000. Roundtrip tickets to Tokyo in Japan, however, don’t really dip so much with prices still at P13,000 at its lowest in February. Prices are as of writing, so they’re subject to change (as plane tickets notoriously do)!
3. Anywhere (cheap) please! This is for you if your destination is flexible but your date is fixed.
You’ve saved up a travel fund and are roaring to go on a family vacation out of the country. All you need now is somewhere to go! Google Flights can suggest you places provided you give it a date and tell it what you’re looking for.
In Explore Map of Google Flights (you’ll find it in the menu on the left or by simply clicking the map thumbnail), you can choose to set a limit on ticket price, like under P15,000 for a roundtrip for example. You’ll find it at the top of the map along with options to filter out flight times (say you’re only interested in morning flights) and interests (if you’re looking for somewhere with beaches or grand shopping destinations, for example).
Travel destinations are represented by red dots on the map. The more vibrant the red dot, the stronger the match. You can also apply the filters to the Flights page.
4. Travel to Japan during cherry blossom season? Let Google monitor the prices. This is for you if your destination and date are fixed.
Airfares rise and fall. Buying when the prices are low can save you a lot of money you can use during your actual vacation instead. If you want to be in Japan during cherry blossom season, you have to be there in mid-March to mid-April. Now that you have your destination and date, Google Flights can tell you the best time to buy tickets. Just turn on the “Track prices” button after you input your flight details and you’ll get to easily track prices using Google Flights. Plus, you’ll also receive emails when prices dip dramatically.
5. Google Flights anywhere Besides desktop, Google Flights also has a mobile site. Perfect for checking prices on your commute home while you daydream about your vacation. It’s just as easy to use with almost the same features, lacking only the comprehensiveness the Explore Map on a big screen provides.