Google Search has evolved beyond a search engine and has been offering snippets for hotel and flight bookings. Google, now aims at simplifying the travel process by allowing users to book directly from the search engine. As of now, this feature is only available for smartphone users.
The update will allow users to scroll through the images of the hotel, book flights and also search for hotels by using customizable filters. After deciding on their hotel and flights, users can directly book on the Google Search page without the need to go to individual travel websites. According to Google, the update will make travel planning process on smartphones much simpler.
Google is also working on a new interchangeable tab menu, one that lets you shift between hotels and flights without having to input the details again. For instance, if you search for a flight and input the destination along with travel dates, you can simply tab on the Flights menu to book a flight to the destination. Similarly, you can also book a hotel and accordingly search for a flight.
In order to help the travelers better, Google will also be supplementing the flight and hotel bookings with an Attractions tab. With this feature, you can take a look at attractions of a specific city by using the Explore Tab. Meanwhile, you can always switch from one menu to another without losing your preferences.
Lastly, the “Your Trips” tab will populate and display all your travel arrangements in a single place. Needless to say, the details will be customised for each user and will not be visible to others. Google recently added a new feature that predicts potential flight delays and informs the passengers accordingly.
How to Book Hotels Directly on Google
Search for hotels in a specific city (Hotel+Destination as the search query). Click on the ‘hotels’ window and then specify the dates and the number of guests. You can set price filters, check the location and select the room. All the while, make sure you have signed-in from your Google account. In the next step, you can select “Next-Payment” and choose to pay with a card. Travellers will receive the booking details once the payment has been processed and the booking has been confirmed.