Google Flight Search available in the UK, France, Italy, Spain or the Netherlands–now lets you “quickly find, compare and book flights originating from each of these countries to any airport in the world.”
Additionally, you’ll also be able to search for flights from airports in these countries and see prices in local currency.
In additon, you can now conduct searches in 8 languages: English, French, Italian, Spanish, Basque, Catalan, Galician and Dutch — and see prices in your local currency.
With Flight Search you can:
- “Find flights quickly. As you make changes to dates, destinations and filters, results will load fast in a format that’s easy to scan.
- Explore possible destinations and view live ticket prices by surfing the map. You can filter by price, airline or flight duration.
- Quickly see which travel dates are least expensive by dragging the date selector forward or backward, or click the “Lowest fares” icon to compare lots of dates at once.
- See a simple list of the most relevant flights. Use easy-to-scan list or compare options and find the flight that’s most convenient, least expensive, wi-fi enabled or simply the one that best meets your needs.”
Here are a few tips to using Flight Search:
Let’s say, if you are unsure which airport offers the most affordable fares on your planned vacation destination, by just typing for example ‘Greece’ as your destination, you’ll be able to quickly compare the cost of the different options, viewing live prices on the map.
Likewise, if you’re looking a trip but are unsure of the best time to go a place, you can click on ‘Lowest fares’ icon to see which dates will get you the lowest fare.
And, to see longer or more expensive flights, just select, ‘Show all’.
In other search news, Google has launched an advanced feature on Image Search that lets you “restrict the image search results to transparent images and animated images.”
The most popular image file formats that support transparency are GIF and PNG, while most animated images are GIF files.
Animated GIFs made a comeback and they’re popular again.
Update 03/20: Google to cash-in on the windfall of traffic as millions of sports fan search Google for the NCAA March Madness bracket–the search company is now embedding the bracket at the top of a variety of search results.
With this integration, you can get the questions like “What time does the Super Bowl start?” etc. answered by just an extra click to Google.
Update 03/21: Google announced few more changes to its sports-related search results to give a richer and more interactive experience–with news cards now available on desktop, tablet and mobile–and “of course are enabled through voice search as well.”
League schedules are now grouped by day/week, so you can easily see who’s playing and when. “Clicking on a game gives you detailed information with links to more content on official sites. You can find complete league standings just by doing a quick search for [NBA standings], and you can even see the latest stats from your favorite players,” informsGoogle.
In addition, March Madness answer cards now display a full bracket view to help you see how you’re doing with your bracket game.