Google Flights

Google Flights: How to find the best flights and fares

To the point Google Flights is a great tool to quickly find flights. Here is our ultimate guide to mastering all of its features.

Google Flights is an extension (not an application) of Google, one of the largest information search engines on the web, which offers an online service for booking travel and cheap flights. It is available on most web browsers, including Google Chrome, Mozilla, Firefox, Safari and Microsoft Edge.

There are many other popular tools, such as Skyscanner, Hopper, Kayak, Expedia, etc., which can be compared with Google Flights. Feel free to open two pages for a comparison.

However, the latter is a very intuitive and easy-to-use tool, offering a direct counter service with the airlines; but there are also several little-known functions that can help you optimize your searches thanks to filters and have an optimal experience to better plan and save on your trip.

Google Flights
Google Flights

Google Flights: the search engine

Enter your destination, your dates, and voilà! Google Flights quickly searches through hundreds of options to give you an overview of available flights. Here’s how to do it.

To search for a flight with Google Flights, go to :

When you simply type “flight Montreal Paris” into Google, the results will redirect you to Google Flights.

The extension is available in French. You can easily change the language. However, some airlines or booking sites may not be available in French and will be displayed in English or another language.

Google Flight lets you search with almost any carrier and then book directly on the airline’s website, as it is not an online travel agency (unlike other booking sites).

You’ll avoid intermediary sites, which, as we saw during the Covid period, can sometimes be a problem if you want to get a refund.

Updates are regular, as airlines provide their fares directly to the platform.

Résultats Google Flights sur Google

In the left-hand menu, you can choose :

  • Travel
  • Explorer
  • To do
  • Flights
  • Hotels
  • Vacation Rentals

The three Google menu bars give you access to more options:

  • Flight price monitoring
  • Change language
  • Change currency
  • Change location

Select Flights. By default, Google Flights will use your location as the departure city and let you fill in the destination, dates, class, number of passengers, and ticket type (round trip, one way, or multi city). If you want to see what rates would be in another country, it could be beneficial touse a VPN.

The first thing you need to know is that the destination box is not limited to one place! In fact, you can enter several cities and Google Flights will help you determine the most affordable way to get to your destination.

For example, for a trip to Italy, you don’t have to limit yourself to the Rome airport if your trip includes several parts of the country. Also, don’t neglect the airports in the surrounding countries to save on your trip; a bus connects Nice to Genoa in 3 hours for as little as 15 €.

The Google Flight platform lets you search from several airports at the same time. It helps you find the cheapest departure airport or flight for your destination (up to 7 airports or locations).

Recherche aeroports élargies

If you indicate that you are a group, Google Flights will display the total price for all travelers.

Exploration : Google Flight Explorer

Don’t know where to go? Google Flights lets you explore destinations based on your criteria: beach, adventure, culture…

The “destination” box isn’t restricted to airports; you can also perform a broader search such as “Europe” or “Oceania” in the same way. This feature of Google Flights is particularly interesting for viewing the least expensive options as entry points to the area or simply to locate a place for a cheaper vacation.

Exploration Europe

The “explore” tab of Google Flights also allows you to move around the map and zoom in on the area you like. For example, after exploring a bit, you might decide to postpone the vacation to St. Lucia and go to the Galapagos Islands or Costa Rica instead!


I have often used this tool to go to Europe or Asia; I just have to find an entry at the best price and that does it! Once there, I use the low-cost modes of transportation to go precisely where I would like to spend my vacations.

In this example, I would buy a ticket to Paris to go to Greece with a low-cost airline.

Exploration 1

Finally, if you are both flexible on the destination and the dates, you are in luck! Google Flights allows you to search for a two-week plane ticket anywhere and anytime in the next 6 months.

Dates flexibles

Flexible dates : The cheapest dates to travel

Once you’ve set a destination, if you’re flexible, Google Flights will show you the cheapest days to travel to your destination.

The Google Flights availability calendar appears by default when you enter your travel date information. When you search for a round-trip ticket, the tool gives you an overview of the costs according to the number of days you want. Sometimes going away or coming back within a few days can mean a lot of savings.

Aperçu prix 2

If you request a one-way ticket, Google Flights will show the lowest price for each date on the availability calendar. Since Google Flights includes lower costs in the results, they can be easily spotted. These carriers do not operate flights every day and this is a good way to quickly determine the frequency of their routes.

Aperçu des prix

Then, it is possible to visualise the flexible rates using a table like the following:

Calendrier prix

Google Flights predictions (new)

Google has recently enhanced its Google Flights tool, designed to simplify the comparison of flight options to your favourite destinations. A new feature promises to guide you towards the ideal time to make your reservations, with the aim of guaranteeing the most economical rates. The announcement was made by Google on its official blog on Monday, August 28, 2023.

When you enter your departure and destination on the platform, at the bottom of the same page you’ll find a graph showing the price trend for the flight in question. This graph will tell you whether the current rate is considered affordable, standard or high compared to usual prices.

Google Flights – Estimations de Prix
Google Flights – Estimations de Prix 2

A major innovation is currently being rolled out: an assessment of the optimum time to make your reservation. For example, if you’re planning a round trip from Montreal to New York over the holiday season, the tool will probably recommend booking as early as September 7, with a cut-off date of December 6.

According to Google Flights, average prices are generally lowest between 1 and 4 months before departure. These recommendations are based on an analysis of previous years’ rates.

Google Flights – Meilleur Moment

In addition to these features, Google Flights has introduced a “price guarantee”. If you spot this distinctive insignia next to the rate, you can be sure that the price won’t drop any further until you leave on vacation.

And if, by chance, Google Flights makes a mistake and the price drops, the company promises to refund the difference. At present, this feature is available to US users only.

Google Flights – Garantie de Prix

The results

Google Flights will then present you with the results; the “best flights” will be displayed first according to criteria based on price, flight times, connections, etc.

Then, you can scroll down the list of more results if you can’t find your account. For example, the “best flight” is usually not with a 6 hour layover in Toronto, but it might be more appropriate with the current situation and the chaos of Revenge Travel!

You can then separately select the outbound and return flight that you are happy with.

Résultats recherche

You can sort the results display by price, duration, hours, etc.

Google Flights also presents you with a lot of useful information such as the type of plane you will be flying on. This can be very convenient for people who want to choose their plane.

Choisir son Avion

Then, Google Flights shows the type of seat available on the flight. This doesn’t matter much when traveling in economy class, but when you’re spoiling yourself with business class, you usually want to make sure you get the best product for your money or points!

There is a huge difference between a “standard recliner” and a “full recliner”.

AC MAX Classe affaires
AC MAX Classe affaires
Air Canada B Business
Air Canada - 1A

Finally, we can also determine the availability in general. For example, the first class suite on the Singapore Airlines A-380 can accommodate up to 6 passengers.

So, in the event that you would like to know how many tickets are available, you can search for 4-6 passengers; if Google Flights shows results, it implies that you have a good chance of being able to book those seats with points since many are not yet sold.

However, ExpertFlyer is superior to Google Flights for this kind of availability information. Since point transfers are sometimes necessary and irreversible, it is preferable to cross-check the information with ExpertFlyer which is a more accurate tool.

The price trend and the price tracking

You can monitor prices and receive notifications when rates change. A great way to grab a bargain!

Google Flights can, therefore, help you determine whether the ticket price you have selected is a reasonable price or not. After all, it is a search engine that analyzes billions of data and presents them to you in the form of graphs with the costs for a trip similar to yours:

Graphique prix

Or a simple summary on the confirmation and purchase page:

Tendance prix

To ensure you don’t miss out on discount opportunities, Google Flights also introduces a real-time price tracking function. You will receive a notification (by e-mail) as soon as a significant fare reduction is detected for a specific route and date.

Google Flights – Suivi des prix Fr

Confirmation and purchase with Google Flights

On the last page, you will find a summary of the chosen itinerary and links to the places to make the reservation. That’s right; Google Flights only does the research for you; you don’t purchase with them. Once you’ve made your choice, Google Flights redirects you to the airline’s website or a travel agency to finalize your booking.

Also, the conditions specific to the ticket you have selected are also listed such as the different fare options, baggage allowance, or cancellation terms.

Résumé avant achat

If you’re not quite ready to buy, you can activate an alert in the top right-hand corner of the confirmation and purchase page; Google Flights alert will keep you informed of any fluctuations, so you can save even more money.

Alerte de prix

It is worth noting that there are as many third party sites as there are official sites that appear in the choices for booking your flight.

These links are very convenient as they will take you directly to the payment page to book your flight. This way, you don’t need to re-enter the data to proceed with the purchase.

Options de réservation

Be careful with third-party sites; it is always easier to handle a problem when the booking is made with the airline.

Personally, I try to avoid third party sites; if I have no choice, I would only proceed with a credit card that has excellent travel insurance like the National Bank’s World Elite Mastercard®.

Google Flights' different filters

Filtres tous

We can optimize our search and travel planning using the various filters on Google Flights. As it is a search engine, we want it to find what we are looking for!

You can select one or more filters at the same time either :

  • Stopovers: Filter flights with stopovers to find shorter or cheaper routes.
  • Companies: Select your favourite airlines or exclude the ones you don’t like.
  • Baggage: Find out which flights include luggage or how much extra baggage costs.
  • Price: Define your budget and only see flights that match it.
  • Schedules: Choose your preferred departure or arrival times.
  • Emissions: For eco-conscious travellers, compare the CO2 emissions of different flights.
  • Connections: Filter by number of connections or stopover duration.
  • Duration: Find the fastest flights.
  • Separate tickets: Sometimes, buying two individual tickets is cheaper, but risks are involved. Google Flights keeps you informed.

When you modify a search, your chosen filters remain in place! This is convenient if you want to go back to see the adjusted prices in the flexibility calendar.


This first filter indicates the number of stops on your itinerary. By default, Google Flights will search for flights without looking at the number of stops; sometimes the cheapest flights are in multiple segments.

Filtre escales

So, it’s handy to be able to sort the results to highlight only direct flights, either by preference or by convenience, to reduce the risk of missing your connection due to a flight delay!

On the other hand, if one wishes to take advantage of Aeroplan’s stopover sweets pots or a Oneworld multi-partner ticket, one can see the routes that can be made and determine whether or not one would like to stop there on the way.

What is the difference between a stopover and a connection?

A stopover is the time you spend at the airport between two flights, while a connection is a flight you must take to reach your final destination if there is no direct flight.

For example, on a ticket from Montreal to Paris to Nice, you have a stopover in Paris while you wait for your connecting flight to Nice.


The “Company” tab allows you to choose to display results according to airline alliances or to include or exclude certain airlines.

This filter is particularly advantageous when booking using points. Since the fare on partners is fixed in the Aeroplan program, it may be interesting to use Google Flights to find all the options to get you there excluding Air Canada from the results.

Filtres partenaires

For tickets with points, you should not look at the price of the ticket, but at the possible routes; we do not intuitively think to look at certain routes especially when they are positioned far down the list because of the price.

However, the cost in money does not matter if you are aiming for award tickets and it is a good way to discover connections. On the other hand, Flight Connections also provides this information and presents it in a more visual way.


With the baggage filter, Google Flights readjusts the prices according to your choice.

For example, when looking for a weekend flight to New York, you can see that the price without any luggage is $350; adding a carry-on bag does not change the cost.

Filtre bagages 2

However, one checked bag changes the fare on the same flight to $419.

Filtre bagages 3

So you can save money by traveling with a carry-on baggage only or purchase your airline ticket at the lowest fare and pay for the baggage fees with the National Bank’s World Elite Mastercard® travel credits or with annual credit from the HSBC World Elite® Mastercard®.

On international flights, one checked bag is usually included in the standard fare. Then the checked baggage option disappears from the filter on these flights; only the carry-on option can be selected.

However, be sure to read the terms and conditions of the ticket you’ve selected on the Google Flights summary page; the base fare does not include checked baggage, even on an international flight.

Résumé avant achat copy

Finally, if you are an Aeroplan credit card holder and you are traveling on a flight operated by Air Canada, you can choose the lowest traffic without having to pay for a checked bag! In fact, a card like the TD® Aeroplan® Visa Infinite* Card offers a free checked bag as a benefit!

This is actually a very good card to keep for the long term; the $139 annual fee more than makes up for it. You can always take the cheapest flight and you will save on luggage for every flight! Additionally, this benefit applies to you and up to 8 people on your reservation!


You can also filter the results of Google Flights according to your budget. All you have to do is set a price limit for your airfare.


Google Flights also allows you to sort the flights that best fit your schedule. For example, you might want to leave in the evening after your work day or at times that are more convenient for traveling with children.

Personally, I’ve always used this Google Flights feature to maximize my time at my destination by taking a flight that arrives in the morning and brings me home late in the evening.

Filtre timing horaire


When Google Flights displays results, you can see that there are some flights that are classified as “less polluting” and others that are more so; it’s up to you to decide whether or not the carbon footprint is important.

Inevitably, having a connecting flight increases our carbon footprint since you are taking two flights to get there.

Google Flights calculates the carbon emission this way:

The CO₂ emission estimates take into account the origin and destination of the flight, the type of aircraft, and the number of seats in each class.

Certain factors, such as fuel-efficient aircraft and shorter routes, generally generate lower CO₂ emissions.

Émissions habi
Émissions basses
Émissions élevées


Here you can choose to avoid certain airports on your way. The connections filter is especially interesting when you want to make a stop in a particular city.

For example, you might intentionally put in a stopover in Cairo while en route to Turkey. So, you can take advantage of this stop to go and see the pyramids in Egypt! The filter allows you to deselect all other airports with a single click.

Filtre correspondances
Filtre correspondances 2


All flights are listed on Google Flights, this includes flights with 3 stopovers that take you to Portugal in 35 hours compared to a direct 7 hour flight.

You can then determine the maximum acceptable hours for your trip.

Filtre durée

Ticket splitting

The last filter you can choose on Google Flights is ticket splitting; whether it’s a one-way, round-trip, or multi-destination ticket, Google Flights will search for the most economical combinations for you.

Therefore, it is possible that the most optimal way to book your ticket is to purchase two separate segments; that is, two separate tickets.

Séparation 2 billets

Ticket splitting is enabled by default on Google Flights; if you are not interested in this feature and always prefer to purchase your tickets on the same reservation, you can uncheck it.

Google Flights also indicates if it is possible to buy both tickets on the same reservation or not. However, when buying two separate tickets on the same booking, they are often third party sites and I strongly suggest booking directly with the airlines. In case of a problem, it will be easier to manage without an intermediary (the third party site).

Séparation même billet

If you purchase tickets on different reservations, the carriers are not obligated to communicate with each other; in case of missing the connecting flight, you will have to contact the insurance company.

Credit card travel insurance usually provides cancellation/interruption insurance in case of flight delays.

Be sure to space your flights appropriately to qualify for coverage. For example, the National Bank’s World Elite Mastercard® insurance protects against this situation if the first flight is scheduled to arrive at least 4 hours before the departure of the next flight.

Similarly, if you are building a point-to-point route with an Aeroplan stop, Google Flights will help you determine the possibilities. Unlike the “stopover” function which dictates the number of flight segments, this filter takes care of selecting (or avoiding) certain airports.

Frequently asked questions about Google Flights

How to use Google Flight effectively How does Google Flight work?

How do I use Google Flights?

To use Google Flights, go to this page. You’ll need to enter your point of origin and destination, then search for travel dates. Then you can easily filter your search results on Google Flights.

What flights are available from Google Flights Montreal?

What flights are available from Google Flights Montreal?

Flights available on Google Flights Montreal are available on this page.

What flights are available from Google Flights Quebec?

What flights are available from Google Flights Quebec?

Flights available on Google Flights Quebec are listed on this page.

What flights are available from Google Flights Toronto?

What flights are available from Google Flights Toronto?

Flights available on Google Flights Toronto are listed on this page.

What flights are available from Google Flights New York?

What flights are available from Google Flights New York?

Flights available on Google Flights New York are available on this page.

Does Google Flights offer flight tracking?

Does Google Flights offer flight tracking?

No, it’s not possible to follow a flight live on Google Flights. However, you can enter the flight number in the Google search engine to access real-time flight tracking.

Google Travel, Google Fly, Google Flight Tracker, Google Air,, Google or Google Flights?

Google Fly, Google Flight Tracker, Google Air, or Google Flights?

Some think Google’s flight search tool is called Google Fly, Google Flight Tracker or Google Air. But this is a mistake. Google’s flight search tool is called Google Flights. This tool has been improved thanks to ITA Flights / ITA Matrix Airfare Search (now owned by Google).

Skyscanner or Google Flights?

Skycanner or Google Flights?

Both tools are online travel search and booking services that help you find the best rates. They compare offers from different airlines, as well as travel agencies and booking sites for Skycanner, and hotels and car rentals for Google Flights.

Google Flights has the advantage of offering additional features such as the ability to track flight prices for specific dates and chosen itineraries, and a calendar view of fares to find the most advantageous dates for travel. It offers more advanced features for travel planning and management. Google Flight operators are banking on speed and integration with other Google services such as Google Travel and Google Explore.

Although both services have similar functionalities, Skyscanner focuses primarily on price search and comparison. The tool offers a user-friendly interface and a wide variety of flight options.

Bottom Line

Google Flights is a free, powerful and easy-to-use tool for the modern traveller looking for cheap airfares. By using its features to their full potential, you can save money, time, and effort when planning your next trip.

If you use it a lot, you can master it very quickly. As experts in reward programs and travel, Google Flights has always been essential to our trip planning arsenal.

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I'm Aline, an experienced traveller, a foodie at heart, an Avgeek, a photography enthusiast and an expert on credit card programs. I use Reward Points to travel on a budget and to save money on everyday life; writing about these topics allows me to share my passion and help you. ~ 7 continents and 75 countries ~

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