How To Use Google Flights And Momondo
A number of folks have emailed asking for an explanation of how to use them, so I figured I’d put together a tutorial.
First, a general explanation of what each site does well and does poorly.
- Finding availability
- Searching quickly
- Finding the absolute cheapest price
- Finding all mistake fares
- Searching a ton of different travel booking sites at once
- Finding the cheapest fares for almost any given flight
- Searching a range of dates
- Completing searches quickly
Google Flights Tutorial
When you get to the homepage, plug in where you want to fly from and where you want to fly to, along with your preferred dates, as so:
You can put in up to five airports in each box, separated by commas. City codes like NYC or WAS count for 3 of 5 because NYC = JFK, LGA, EWR and WAS = DCA, IAD, BWI.
In order to find the cheapest dates, click the first date box right below the FLYING FROM airport. When you do that, prices for 2 months will pop up, with the cheapest dates in green, like so:
Note: if you don’t see any green dates in the 2 months you’re looking at, try clicking the arrows to scroll through other months where you should find the cheapest prices.
Once you’ve looked at the calendar of lowest fares, click on the date you want for your departure, after which you’ll click on the date you’d like to return.
At this point, Google Flights then gives you a big list of possible flights, like so:
At this point you’ll click whichever of the flights looks best to you in order to select it as your outbound flight. I chose the $688 Air Canada flight.
After clicking it, I’m then prompted to select my return flight, like so:
Note that price on the return flight is roundtrip price, not the price for each way.
Once I click the $688 Air Canada return flight, I’m taken to my various booking options, like below.
Just click on the box that says “Book with Air Canada” and you’ll be taken to their booking page! Alternatively, if you prefer to book with Orbitz or any of the other OTAs, click on their box to check the price there. (Sometimes the prices show up automatically, sometimes they don’t. Not sure why the difference.)
Of course, as we discussed earlier, the price in Google Flights is often times (though not always!) higher than what you can find in Momondo.
So now that we’ve found in Google Flights the cheapest dates that work for our trip, we’re gonna take those dates and plug them into the Momondo search engine like so:
After you click search, it may take up to 60 seconds for the search to complete. You’ll know it’s done when you see this image on the lefthand side:
Once the search is done, your final results will look like this:
Almost $150 cheaper than Google Flights, not bad!
At this point, if you click “Go to Site”, you’ll be taken to Fareboom to book, because Fareboom is offering the cheapest fare on that specific route.
However, let’s say you don’t want to book with Fareboom, but want to see what other OTAs have to offer. To do that, click the “See details” button in the lower lefthand corner, giving you this:
From there just click on whichever site you want to book through, or if you want to see even more results, click “Show all booking sites” in the lower righthand corner.
Once you click on the OTA you want to book through, you’ll be taken to their checkout page to book your flight. Easy peasy!