Google launched a new update for its mobile travel platform which combines flight and hotel search in a shared navigation bar and allows users to track hotel prices.
One of the most notable benefits of this combined search navigation bar is that the user only needs to input the date and destination once to look at available options for flight and hotels.
This new navigation bar now includes four separate tabs that can be toggled between:
• Explore – where a user can find suggested itineraries, where to go, popular sights, news articles, and more. If a destination is not entered, this tab will show options for weekend trips, popular destinations from the area and travel inspiration.
• Flights – where users can search for flights with a variety of filters such as price, number of stops, times and airlines.
• Hotels – where users can search for hotels with a variety of filters such as user ratings, price, and amenities.
• Your Trips – which stores all past and future travel plans together in one place.
On the Hotel tab search, there is a new feature that allows users to track hotel prices. This feature, which was only available for flights previously, allows users to track when prices increase or decrease within a given date and destination range so they can book when the price drops. When the user activates the tracking feature for hotels, Google begins tracking the available prices and will email the user as soon as the prices either increase or decrease.
Currently, these updates are launched only in the US and on mobile, but they will be available to international markets in the coming months.
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