Google Flights Is A Frugal Traveler’s Dream

There is absolutely nothing worse than when you look at a flight one day, decide to think about it overnight, and go back the next day to find that the price has jumped dramatically. These seemingly random increases in flight costs are frustrating and annoying, and now Google Flights is going to try to put a stop to them.

The site run by the most popular search engine on Earth is once again using the vast amounts of data it has collected over the years for good, this time to make fairly accurate predictions about when prices for flights are going to go up.

The feature, which premiered this year, will send you an alert if a flight you have saved is about to increase in price. The key term here is “saved” however – if you don’t express interest in a specific flight, Google Flights won’t know to alert you.

However, being the crafty and innovative Google that we know and love, the site features all sorts of helpful tips for specific routes, found under the “tips” tab.

“Tips can include things like recommendations for alternate airports or dates,” product manager Nabil Naghdy says.  “You may also see a new tip telling you about an expected price jump based on historic prices for that route.” Meaning that Google Flights can make educated guesses about routes and how they will behave in the future, which is pretty cool for consumers looking to score a bargain trip.

Though there is no stand-alone app for Google Flights, the mobile site is also now easier to use by allowing visitors to keep tabs on saved flights.

Seriously, is there anything Google doesn’t think of?