With summer quickly drawing to a close it’s time to start thinking about your next great getaway. But with every travel booking, there’s always one moment of great pause. That moment is that crucial step where you commit to booking a flight, even though you’re pretty sure someone will pay less, and there won’t be anything you can do about it.
Some companies have offered the opportunity to pay a fee to help out if the price drops, but no one has ever offered it “for free”. Well, Google has now done what no other has – offering a refund of the price difference if you don’t get the best deal on select itineraries originating the USA, for now. That’s extremely exciting…
We’re living in an age of outstandingly low airfares to all the places you want to go, like New York to Barcelona for $250 round trip, Los Angeles to Hawaii from $199 round trip and London to Bali for £350. We keep pretty good track of those, in case you’re looking for inspiration.
Trial Period Only, For Now
This is Google Travel making their first foray into the price guarantee world, and as such the trial will only run from August 13th – September 2nd for flights originating in the USA but on both domestic and international itineraries. With all likelihood, this initial test would bring future Google trials for flights originating in Europe, Asia and beyond, as well as wider roll out.
Even if your flight price drops after the trial is over, but it was booked during the trial period, it still counts. Booking is the only key here, even if you’re flying much later in the year, or next!
Expedia is currently one of the most competitive online travel agencies in the price guarantee world, but unlike this initial Google Travel offering, theirs has a fee attached to each guarantee. It’s more like an insurance policy in that regard. Depending on the ticket you buy, each price drop guarantee can fetch between $8-$100 per ticket, depending on cabin, seasonality and other factors.