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Google Is The New Hotness In Cheap Airline Ticket Searches

pst!…. have you noticed the latest in airline ticket search engines?  If you go to your nearest internet browser and find a google search box of any sort, type in “[airport departure designation] to [airport destination designation]”  An example of this would be “CLT to LAX” (Charlotte International Airport to Los Angeles International Airport)

And that is it!  Give it a try and then be amazed.  Let’s take a look…

Google Airline Search

Google Airline Search

Take note of the 3 icons circled in red. The first pulls down a small map of a generic flight path from your origin to your destination. The second, below it, expands a vertical calendar to the right. The last opens up a most interesting interactive graph through which you can drill down into the data interactively by specifying flight duration vs price – you can have a very short, expensive flight (if available) or a long, cheap flight, or something in between. As you drag the sliders, the data below is updated on the fly without needing a page refresh.

Actually getting the flight you want is a bit more complicated:

1. Click on a ticket/price you like

Choose departure flight

Choose departure flight

2. Choose a return flight (this part was not obvious to me)

Choose return flight

Choose return flight

3. Click “Book”

Click to book your flight

Click to book your flight

4. Try again if you get this message

Try again if you get this message

Try again if you get this message

There are even more options in the left side panel to play around with.

If you need to find a flight, you could do worse than this search engine, but you’d have a hard time doing better.

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