Whether you're traveling for business or pleasure, going to the airport can be a real drag. Turns out, however, it doesn't have to be. Using technology to predict delays and find cheaper ticket options, Google Flights is revolutionizing the way people travel today. Yes, that's right, we are entering a world in which flying is becoming, dare we say it, relaxing. OK, maybe not relaxing, but definitely tolerable, and really, isn't that best anyone can ask for?
Nowadays, most airlines offer "Basic Economy" options for folks looking to fly on a budget . Trouble is, things like overhead bin space, ability to select your seat, and baggage fees aren't always clearly listed as being overage charges. Basically, it's really easy to "get taken for a ride", and not in the way you're intending. There's nothing worse than getting hit with payments after you think you've already taken care of it. Google Flights surfaces that information for flights on American, Delta, and United and relays the best, most cost-efficient options.
Beyond just cheaper airfare, Google Flights is making sure travelers A) don't waste their time and B) don't get stuck at the airport. Delays, across all forms of public transportation are the worst, but there's something especially awful about flight delays. Most airlines already show delays on apps and websites, but is taking it a step further, as explained in their blog:
"Using historic flight status data, our machine learning algorithms can predict some delays even when this information isn’t available from airlines yet—and delays are only flagged when we’re at least 80% confident in the prediction. We still recommend getting to the airport with enough time to spare, but hope this information can manage expectations and prevent surprises."
If Google were an actual person, we'd go ahead and high five them right this instant. What a beautiful concept. Sure, you still need to get to the airport with enough time, but knowing there's a strong chance for a delay allows for preparation — more snacks, magazines, making sure your phone is fully charged in case all the outlets are taken — you know, the important stuff. Look, travel is never going to be perfect unless you've got a private jet at disposal. That being said, using Google Flights will make it as close to perfect as it can get.
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