'Flight Explorer, Hotel Finder, Knowledge Graph Carousel, and Google Now' Powering Google's Flight Search

Google Flight Search rolled out a number of new functionality including changes made to the user interface of Flight Search, along with new features that offer more information about amenities and fees. For instance, "an experimental Flight Explorer let you quickly compare multiple destinations and multiple days simultaneously, using live prices." And, the following features […]

Google Flight Search rolled out a number of new functionality including changes made to the user interface of Flight Search, along with new features that offer more information about amenities and fees.

For instance, "an experimental Flight Explorer let you quickly compare multiple destinations and multiple days simultaneously, using live prices."

And, the following features help to tailor flight shopping:

  • "More easily calculate the total cost of your trip by taking a look at the baggage fees displayed next to each flight option
  • Choose a flight offering in-air connectivity by viewing a new indicator noting flights that offer Wi-Fi
  • Consider a little more luxury in the sky by comparing the cost of flying business or first class instead of coach
  • Easily plan complex itineraries -- such as those including multiple stops, or trips that involve a flight into one city and a return trip from another -- without confusion, using our new, user-friendly interface," informs Google.

Flight Explorer in Google Flight Search results page

Google also rolled out features to find flights to more than 500 international destinations airport, for flights originating from the US or Canada. Globetrotters interested can try these features at www.google.com/flights, or just type departure city and destination in the search box.

Also, available is the "localized" versions of Hotel Finder in France, Italy, Germany, Spain, Switzerland, Austria, Portugal, UK and Ireland--helping people in these areas "search for and view hotel options in their own language and currency."

Hotel Finder in addition to making easier to find and book the right hotel, also shows Zagat reviews and amenities and the price and availability for a choice of room types.

Additionally, you can easily tap into the collective intelligence of the web to uncover a list of information relevant to a destination, using the Knowledge Graph carousel.

Knowledge Graph carousel list of activities in Google Flight search results

And, finally, users can also find the information needed to plan a trip, via desktop, smartphone or tablet. And, the now available Google Now offer a number of cards to stay informed while on the go that include:

  • "Automatic flight status notifications
  • Updates on weather at your destination
  • Showcase of events happening nearby
  • Website suggestions to help you explore as you research things to do
  • Electronic boarding pass cards for ease of travel," google adds.

Here are some screenshots of Google Flight search features:

Google now travel cards

Google Flight search results for international destination flight

Multi-city trip, Wi-Fi availability indicator, upgrade cost and checked baggage fees in Google Flight Search results

Pricing information, reviews, hotel details on Hotel Finder in Google search resutls

Varying room types on Hotel Finder in Google search

Update 12:21: Google owned ITA released a new new MileWise iPhone app for its QPX customers letting users search pricing and shopping technology on milewise.com and their iPhones.

The ITA team promises to introduce Android app in Q1 of 2013.

"MileWise presents users with real-time flight prices shown in cash, airline miles, and hotel and credit-card points -- on one screen. MileWise also tracks traveler reward program balances, status and expirations, combining that data with travel and redemption preferences, to recommend the best way to pay."

Users can grab MileWise for iPhone app on iTunes App Store.

Below is a snapshot of some of the features available with MileWise:

  • "Innovative search features enabled by QPX
    • Combo Fares: combine two one-way tickets for big potential savings
    • Recent Searches: quickly re-try searches to see if that mileage seat has opened up
    • Search Filters: full set of filters so users can find exactly what they're looking for
  • Features for MileWise users
    • Track 500+ programs (including airlines, hotels, credit cards and many others)>
    • Explore great places to go using individual points and rewards
    • Expiration Alerts: never lose hard-earned miles and points again Receive Price Alerts
    • Activity notifications when status level or balance changes," informs the ITA team blog.

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