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Google Just Upgraded Its Travel Tools to Help You Save Time and Money
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Google Just Upgraded Its Travel Tools to Help You Save Time and Money

Kristin Wong, Gawker Media

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Google Flights i s my go-to for finding cheap travel , but they haven't always been great at predicting the best time to book, which is why I also rely on other travel planning tools, like Hopper . However, Google just released a few useful upgrades to their travel planning suite that make it even easier to find cheap travel.

If you're already using Google Flights or Google Trips, you'll get even more mileage out of these new features, which include:

Google Flights price tips: Using machine learning technology and historical flight prices, Google Flights will now tell you when 'prices are less than normal' or 'prices won't drop further' when you search for a flight. The feature is available on desktop and mobile, so when you search for a flight, you should now see this option.

Hotel price tips: Similarly, when you search for a hotel on Google, you'll now get more insight on room rates. Google will tell you if the prices are higher than usual and if prices are inflated because of a local event, like a business conference. Again, the update is available on both desktop and mobile.

Hotel price tracking : You've been able to track prices with Google Flights, and now you can do it with hotels, too. If you opt to track prices for a hotel, you'll get phone notifications or emails when rates fluctuate. Right now, the feature is only available on mobile, but Google says Desktop is coming soon.

Discounts feature within Google Trips: If you use Google Trips, you'll now see a new Discounts feature, which tips you off to deals and coupons for local attractions in your destination city. This should be available globally across iOS and Android.

Overall, these seem to be simple but useful upgrades that can help you save money (and time) on your next vacation.

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