1.) If you have a particular destination that you must visit, but no definite dates yet, type in your destination and click on the calendar. Wait for a few seconds while Google generate flight pricing, then click on the arrow to pick which months you prefer to leave. Once you’ve clicked on the departing date, Google Flights will determine the lowest fare for your return. If for any reason, you didn’t select the lowest fare, Google will make suggestions telling you how much you would save if you were to leave and return on the specific dates they have suggested.
2.) If you have a particular time frame you’d like to leave and return, but no particular destination, make sure you fill in your departing airport. Leave the destination airport blank. Fill in your departing and returning dates, and click on ‘Popular Destinations’. From here, a map of the world will pop up. You will see pricing for specific destinations for the time frame you have selected. By clicking on the city of choice, a small window will pop up showing you trending on the prices according to the dates you’ve selected for that particular departing and returning destination. After clicking on the ‘show flights’ button, this will redirect you back to the original page showing you which airlines offer the cheapest flights.
3.) If you have a specific date you’d like to travel on and destination – you would simply fill out the destination and dates and Google Flights will generate the airlines that offer the cheapest price. Here is another tip: Although Google displays a lot of airline choices, there are always some that do not pop up. Always scroll to the bottom of the page to see if Google is listing any ‘unknown prices’. If so, go directly to that airline’s website and check the prices directly.
4.) If you’re traveling to more than one destination, Google Flight has a tab labeled ‘Multi-City’. This is one of the most useful tools when it comes to island hopping or even commuting from country to country in Europe or South America. The trick here is to try as many combinations as possible to find the lowest fare. For example, in August of 2015 I will be flying from Las Vegas to Anchorage, Anchorage to Juneau, and Juneau back to Las Vegas. I had tried multiple combinations flying from Las Vegas between Anchorage, Juneau, and Fairbanks. The prices ranged from $323.00 to $871.00. Through Alaskan Airlines, I was able to get a multi-city flight for $323.00 through Google Flights.