Google will now let mobile users book hotels and flights right from the search results. The company led by Sundar Pichai has also added better price filtering to help you find the best hotel and flight results right from Google Search. The new changes emerge just a week after Google Flightsreceived machine learning algorithms to predict flight delays even before they are announced by the airlines.
Google will offer multiple tabs once you type your destination. These tabs will list all the available hotels and flights and will let you easily toggle between the available hotel and flight options.
“In the next few days, you’ll see that if you search for a flight in Google Flights, you can click right in to ‘Hotels’ at the top of the page. This lets you easily click over to check hotel availability and prices in your destination city for the dates you’ve already selected,” Eric Zimmerman, Director, Travel Product Management, Google, said in a blog post. “And it works the same way if you start by searching for a hotel. You can easily click to the ‘Flights’ tab to check prices and fare options, and easily book your flight when you’re ready.”
In case if you want to surf places other than your planned destinations, Google will provided a ‘More Destinations’ option on the top-left corner of the search screen that will let you explore other destinations, weekend getaways, and trips you might be interested in.
Another tab called ‘Your Trips’ will provide you with the list of hotels and flights you’ve booked in the past. The tab gathers information directly from Gmail, and you can email your trip reservations right from the available list. Further, you can edit or access your trip reservations offline directly through the Google Trips app on your Android and iOS devices.
Ultimately, Google is set to make travel planning easy on mobile devices and make users ditch third-party travel portals while searching for hotels and flights for future holidays.
The new features will be gradually rolling out in some countries starting with select users.