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Google Launches Flight Search
Posted By Christina DesMarais On September 14, 2011 @ 1:22 pm In Internet and Online Business | No Comments
Google has launched a new flight search tool to compete with travel search engines like Kayak and Orbitz and if you ever travel for business or pleasure it’s worth checking out.
For one thing, Google Flight Search is incredibly fast–change a date, destination or filter and your results update immediately. It’s also intuitive, opening according to whatever city you happen to be in and showing prices on a map to other cities without having to input any dates. And if your travel dates are flexible, you can quickly see which travel dates are least expensive by dragging the date selector forward or backward, or use a bar chart to compare many dates at once.
While you can get to Google Flight Search at Google.com/flights you’ll also end up there if you do a regular Google search like this: “flights from SFO to MSP.”
The launch follows Google’s $700-million purchase of travel software company ITA in April after a nine-month investigation by the U.S. Department of Justice. Antitrust officials cleared the purchase with a few conditions including requiring Google to license ITA’s software to competitors, reports The Los Angeles Times.
While the new feature is fast and easy to use, it’s a work in progress. The tool currently only shows results for some U.S. cities and doesn’t include one-way flights.
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 The Los Angeles Times: http://latimesblogs.latimes.com/technology/2011/09/google-debuts-new-flight-search-service.html
 search blog: http://insidesearch.blogspot.com/2011/09/early-look-at-our-flight-search-feature.html
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