Just about everybody knows Google for its Internet search power, free email software and online apps – but Google Flights is a nifty way to scope out airline bookings, and it just got even more useful.
Google Flights now includes airline-specific and indeed aircraft-specific details such as average leg room, availability of laptop and USB sockets, inflight WiFi and even live TV (mainly on US flights) from the RouteHappy online service.
If you haven't already tried Google Flights, dial it up and enter a route and your desired travel dates to see a list of your options.
Fine-tune the search with number of stops required – handy for long haul flights into Europe, especially to a specific city – as well as the price range and even limit the cope of the search by airline or airline alliance.
If there's some flexibility in your business travel scheduel you can view a calendar showing the lowest fares on a particular route across a given period.
Google Flights takes you all the way through booking the flight, with options to save the itinerary and share it with colleagues, family members and friends.
Move beyond simple A-to-B itineraries and things get a little more hairy – working your way through multiple cities and stopover options can become overwhelming.
But for life's simpler travels, Google Flights is definitely worth checking out.
Also read: Four great travel tricks using Google search
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About David Flynn
David Flynn is the editor of Australian Business Traveller and a bit of a travel tragic with a weakness for good coffee, shopping and lychee martinis.