Cloud Computing: Google Flight Search Is Super-Fast But Limited to Key Cities

 
 
By Clint Boulton  |  Posted 2011-09-15
 
 
 

Takeoffs and Landings

Google's Flight Search landing page reveals a clean, Spartan service.

Takeoffs and Landings

Airports

Using our East Coast locations, Google suggested several airports in the region from which we might fly out. A Google spokesperson assured us that more airport options are available, though all flights are economy class for now.

Airports

JFK to Vegas, Baby

We selected a flight path from John F. Kennedy airport in New York to Las Vegas here.

JFK to Vegas, Baby

More Flights

Want to see more flight options? Close out of the map view by clicking the balloon button.??í

More Flights

Choices

Google Flight Search prefers to show you the quickest, cheapest routes available, such as these choices for flights from JFK to Vegas.

Choices

Calendar

Check out the calendar view, which boasts a slider tool for date ranges.

Calendar

Filter Expensive Flights

Google Flight Search also lets users filter out long, expensive flights—the kind no one likes.

Filter Expensive Flights

Manual Options

Users may choose not to tune the filters using the sliders. Google provides these manual filtering options to specify flights, duration and price points.

Manual Options

Bradley to SFO

We tried to trick Google Flight Search, and failed. We know for a fact that Bradley International Airport in Hartford, Conn., doesn't offer nonstop flights to San Francisco. So we used the filter on the side to test our knowledge. Google correctly did not list any such flight.

Bradley to SFO

Bradley, With Connections

So we changed the filter to reflect flights with a stop, and there are plenty of options for us to choose.

Bradley, With Connections

Connections

We can even pick and choose our connections.

Connections

Returns

Use the sliders to filter your times to depart and return.

Returns

Time to Book

We selected this flight route from Hartford to San Francisco, departing via Continental and returning home via American Airlines.

Time to Book

Red Button

Click the red button to get whisked away to American Airlines' site to book the flight.

Red Button

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