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On August 13th, Google Flights launched a price guarantee on selected flights booked on its platform. In a nutshell, if Google is confident that they're offering the cheapest tickets, they'll pay you the difference if they're wrong.
Google Flights is one of the primary search consoles for finding cheap flights. Similar to Kayak, Orbits, and Skyscanner (my personal favorite), Google Flights will search a wide range of airlines (not all of them) to find the best deals. While I find the search functions a bit more limited than Skyscanner, it's still one of the best platforms for finding the best deals if you know what dates you want to fly, or just want to find a fantastic deal from your airport of choice.
Price protection on Google Flights will be available on select flights booked between August 13th and September 2nd, 2019. The journey must be completed by November 24th. You can find more details about the price protection experiment on Google's Blog.
How it Works
Google Flights will only provide price protection on flights it's confident won't drop in price. There will be a colorful badge by your flight when you book notifying you that the flight will be covered by the protection. If the price does drop before your departure date, Google will send you an email of the drop and how to claim your refund. The service is automatic, and no additional actions are necessary between booking and receiving your email that you have a refund waiting. If you cancel or change any part of your trip, the price protection will be voided.
I usually start my search for flights with Skyscanner as they have the best search engine. However, once I've found the flight that I want and the days I want to travel on, I'll head over to Google Flights to ensure the price is the best. I've only booked my flight a couple of times with Google Flights directly. Now I have an incentive to do so, at least for the next couple of weeks. This will be perfect for my upcoming trip to Iceland, although it will be hard to beat the $50 round-trip tickets I found from London to Reykjavik!
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