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Posts Tagged ‘sweet spot’

Google Flights: needs a bit more work, but first look is promising

Posted by jpluimers on 2012/12/24

Just saw that Google Flights was introduce: for searching and booking flights online.

It needs some more work (see below), but it is a great start for a couple of reasons as compared to any of the competition I have seen:

  • A much more intuitive and clutter-free user interface 
  • A blazingly fast response (SFO – AMS: response in about a second, all others took at least 10 seconds)

Try the user experience for yourself. A few things I liked:

  • In addition to selecting preferred airlines, you can select preferred Airline Alliances
    (they share miles anyway).
  • Shows flight duration and allows you to sort on it
    (ideal for business passengers)
  • Shows if you can have WiFi
    (for geeks like me)
  • Uses hint-panes when you hoover the mouse over certain areas to fill in more detailed information
    (like the airline that operates the flight, or the stops you make).
  • Shows a graph with fare-rate over time
    (so you can pick days with lowest fare more easily; the sweet spot for SFO-AMS seems to be 2-5 day trips that include a saturday/sunday night).

Some things they need to work on:

  • You can search from USA to destinations outside USA, but not vice versa
    (for instance, it finds SFO – AMS, but you are not allowed to enter AMS – SFO).
  • You can enter IATA airport codes, but not ICAO ones (like EHAM)
  • It is not included in the Google – Products list
    (right now you can go from Flights to Web search, but not the other way around).
  • It always starts with a departure in SFO
    (it would make sense if you can select your faviourite departure airport; I live about 10 minutes from AMS / EHAM).
  • It always starts with a departure date 16 days from now
    (The last link is pun intended:  it tests the Google search cache for refreshing pages that calculate information).

–jeroen

via: Flights from San Francisco – Google Search.

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