How to use the Google Flights Explore Map to find cheap fares

Posted on May 14, 2017 by in Cheap flights

Google Flights Explore Map

What’s the Google Flights Explore Map?

You may well have already used Google Flights to find an airfare in the US or abroad, but did you know that it has a handy map explore function, too? Similar to the Kayak Airfare Map, the Google Flights Explore Map (which is also known as Google Flights Explorer) can easily be found on the homepage right now:

Google Flights Explore Map

However, in the recent past, the map disappeared and only showed up when going directly to the map search, which you can always find here.

You can use the map tool to explore various options for your flight, including:

  • Stops – either nonstop, up to 1 stop or up to 2 stops
  • Price – use the slider to search fares from under $100 up to any cost
  • Airline – choose an alliance from Oneworld, SkyTeam or Star Alliance or just choose ‘Any airline’
  • Times – you can choose the outbound and/or inbound flight times, e.g. between 4AM and 4.59AM
  • Interests – ‘Any destination’ is ticked as standard, but if you prefer, you can select an interest such as ‘Food’, ‘Honeymoon’ or ‘Wildlife’
  • Duration – you can search your flight time here – from under 30 minutes to any length of time
  • Separate tickets – you can click to ‘Always show’ or ‘Always hide’ this option

As you can see, the tool is particularly interesting in that you can personalize your search by selecting an airline alliance or an interest:

Google Flights Explore Map

The main search boxes are simply for your outbound and/or inbound airports and dates of travel. We chose flights leaving from San Francisco and left the destination airport box empty, so that it shows various domestic and international deals. If you have a particular city or country in mind, then of course you can still search for fares that way, but this tool can also be very useful when you want to see what’s available anywhere in the world for your budget or interest.

We changed the ‘Price’ option to look for flights anywhere in the world from SFO for under $750 on June 5th until June 12th, 2017, and various cities popped up, including Dubai for $731 RT with Swiss:

Google Flights Explore Map

This works out to just 5 cents per mile for the journey of 16,180 miles round-trip between SFO and DXB.

How do I use the Google Flights Explore Map?

You can find the map search here or by checking the Google Flights homepage. Enter your search parameters and then start packing your bags!

What else do I need to know about the Google Flights Explore Map?

Especially if you’re flexible with your travel plans, including dates and destinations, the map search is an easy way to find a deal, but always compare flights just in case. You can use our flight search here or check out our daily Mighty Fares posts.

Don’t forget that you won’t find Southwest Airlines on OTAs so you’ll need to check their prices separately when doing a comparison search.