Finding Super Cheap Flights with Google Flights
I absolutely love travelling. Luckily, I get to do it a bit of it for work, and because I can work from anywhere (with internet ) travelling is pretty accessible for play too.
I find the most expensive part of travelling is always the flights, so I'm constantly on the look out for awesome tools that help me find the cheapest &/ best flights.
Recently I've discovered Google Flights - an epic tool for finding really cheap flights.
If you can be a little flexible with your dates and potentially even your destination, then Google Flights will be perfect for you.
I've done a little walkthrough to show you how to use the tool, because the features can be a litttle hard to find. Check it out!
Google flights also gives you the ability to search for the prices within an entire continent (or region). So I can type in Auckland to Europe and up pops the different prices to each major city in Europe. That easy!
Short Haul Flights
One thing I've noticed Google Flights is NOT good at, is finding the best prices for short haul flights.
I think it's best to use Google Flights for the major parts of your travel (big international flights) and then search for the shorter flights on the local carriers (Air New Zealand & JetStar for NZ).
On top of what I went through in the video, there's also the Multi-stop feature. This is great for the more intrepid traveller, that might be bussing or motorbiking from city to city.
Here I've found a $708 all inclusive ticket from Auckland - Ho Chi Minh (then making my own way to Hanoi) Hanoi - KL then KL - Auckland. RIDICULOUS!
Unfortunately, the price breakdown capabilities of the Multi-Stop aren't as powerful. So it's harder to tell if you're getting the best deal. But it's still pretty damn tidy!
Don't forget to switch currencies so you're operating in NZD (or your currency). Change the currency by clicking the burger icon on the top left hand side - the option will be at the bottom of the screen.