Google’s New Quick Flight Search Makes Your Life Easier

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  1. JohnDeere19
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    http://mashable.com/2011/05/28/google-quick-flight-lookup/

    Google just made it a lot easier to quickly look up flight information. Now you can type “flights from [a city] to [another city] in the Google search window, and it’ll quickly display a summary of flight information right there on the results page.

    Could it get any easier? We tested this new feature that was announced Friday on Google’s Inside Search blog, and it works beautifully, especially if you’re talking about major cities.

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    http://mashable.com/2011/05/28/google-quick-flight-lookup/
     
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    Not perfect but somewhat useful, it seems to be limited to nonstop listings but does include Southwest if you are of that persuasion.
     
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    they are probably using their new acquisition, ITA
     
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    not very useful since it only list non stops. I assume it will get "smarter" as time goes on,
     
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    This (or similar) has been in place for a while. I'll frequently google XXX to XXX and then jump to google maps to get quick driving directions (or even just distance) and there have long been flights listed on the main result page when applicable. It's possible that the scheduling information has been enhanced. I also believe this is not yet using ITA technology.
     
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    I've also long Googled a flight #, eg TG431 or US2134 and it'll bring up flight status from flightstats.com
     
  7. JohnDeere19
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    Right, as 744 said, this will probably be a work in progress for years and we're just seeing the start of this functionality. I wonder if they're going to label it beta for 5+ years :p

     
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    I feel like if ITA was being used, this would be far more powerful/flexible...no?
     
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    nice
    agree

    there is nothing i can do about google owning ITA, but i wont be using google to buy tickets etc
     
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    I'm 99% sure it is not ITA. Yet.
     
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    I'm actually looking forward to seeing what Google can do with ITA.
     
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    I agree it's of limited usefulness except as perhaps a quick initial search. Would probably be my first stop when doing research for someone who was trying to pick a frequent flyer program. You can very quickly get a feel for what airlines have the most daily flights out of your home airport. It also might be useful for someone trying to find out how to get to difficult to reach destinations like the Seychelles. Type "flights to seychelles" into the search field and you'll see there are 15 cities with service to SEZ on the following airlines: Air Seychelles, Emirates, Qatar, Condor, Kenya and Air Austral.

    I think it will become a little more useful as google adds qualifiers like "flights from LAS on United", "flights to SFO on Thursday", or "flights from ORD after 12pm".
     
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