Google Releases 'Flight Search' Feature

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Friday, October 28, 2005
Google Releases 'Flight Search' Feature

Google released yet another search feature to their very popular and beloved search engine and this time it's geared towards airline travelers. That's right, airline travelers. Google's flight search feature will allow its users to quickly access airline flight information when they type in two different cities or airport codes into the Google search box. Doing so will bring up two additional boxes for entering departing and returning flight dates.

In addition, Google has also integrated links to popular travel websites, such as Expedia, Hotwire, and Orbitz. Users who click on these links will be directed to flight options for their selected itineraries on that site.

My Thoughts

I spent some time this morning testing this new feature and found it to be very user-friendly and easily accessible. I simply typed "Chicago to New York City" into the Google Search box and the new flight option came up, in addition to other search listings. Personally, I find it some what funny that this Google release comes 1 day after Yahoo! debuted its new Trip Planner (currently in BETA) - a service that allows users to create, share and print personalized trip itineraries. It's almost as if Google wasn't going decided they didn't want to be "trumped" in their efforts to provide the ultimate search experience.

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