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Google Flights: A Comparison with SkyScanner and Airline Portals

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TL;DR: Flying with Google

You’ve probably heard the news, heck you’ve probably seen it in your search bar by now – Google Flights has finally arrived!

What is Google Flights then? Simply put, it’s Google’s all-in-one flight planning platform.

When should you get on it?

Now.

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What is it?

So, what exactly is the difference between Google Flights and all the other flight comparison websites such as SkyScanner or Ctrip?

For starters, not much. Their basic functions are more or less similar as one would reasonably expect.

To that end, the biggest differentiating factors revolves around its price quotations and its incredibly simplistic yet sleek UX design.

Disclaimer: It should be understood that at its core, Google Flights is still a metasearch engine. While you can compare prices, you will not be able to buy tickets directly.

1. Price Differences

Doing a quick comparison, there appears to be a slight difference in prices quoted across these 3 platforms.

Cabin Class
(1 pax)
Destination Price
(Google Flights)
Price
(Airlines)
Price
(SkyScanner)
Budget (Scoot-JetStar) Singapore to Melbourne
4 March to 10 March
From $365 $365 From $377
Economy (Emirates) From $598 $598 From $586
Business (Singapore Airlines) From $4,228 $4,228 From $4,224
Economy (British Airways) Singapore to London, Heathrow
4 March to 10 March
From $1,048 $1,047.70 Not Listed
Business Flex (Air China) From $3,565 $3,457 Not Listed

Again, the prices quoted are an approximation. You would still need visit each individual site to determine the finalised cost.

That said, this platform still provides a nifty comparative guide in an easy to navigate format.

2. User Experience

Visuals

Approximate ticket prices are immediately presented to you when selecting your travel dates in Google Flight’s calendar. To that end, this function negates the need for additional, albeit unnecessary user “click” actions.

Those familiar with comparable sites would have undoubtedly gone through needless frustrations of clicking back and forth to differentiate prices.

I’ll admit, the aforementioned price-calendar feature is similar to models already adopted by budget airlines. However, the biggest differentiating factor is again, it’s presentability.

Case in point: (Singapore to Melbourne)

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It should be noted that prices coloured in green are the cheapest flights listed within that category. They may however include multiple or long layovers.

Prefer to see data points in a diagram?

Not a problem! Simply click on Price Graph to get an instant overview of price trends for subsequent days.

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Got alternative airports to choose from? Google Flight’s got you covered. Simply click on Airports and add your options for further comparisons.

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Beneficial Information

In today’s modern travelling, flight delays are an unwanted nuisance. Unfortunately, there’s only so much online search sites can generate when it comes to pre-departure warnings or reminders. That said, it’s always handy to internalize probable flight delays even when making initial bookings.

Case in point:

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Social Sharing

Interestingly enough, say you’ve decided to re-confirm your flight details with a partner, neither Ctrip nor SkyScanner allows you to digitally send a travel itinerary to your addressee before payment is made. To that end, this feature is also noticeably absent from Scoot and Singapore Airlines.

Under Google Flights, simple select your preferred flights, navigate to the final price page (before clicking into the respective airline’s pages) and you should see the share functions.

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On Facebook all day? Then this is perfect extension for sharing your flight details with your travel companion, as compared to the traditional screenshots or what-have-you-not.

3. Private Browsing

While there is significant buzz around Google Flight’s latest entry into Singapore’s online space, it should be noted that the usual advertisement or price tracking mechanism still applies.

Nothing too surprising here.

That said, using this widget in incognito mode or in a private browser should prevent Google from pre-registering site cookies and applying needless price increments.


As of date of writing, Google Flights is only available as a browser widget.

Have a go at it and tell us what you think!

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