2018-08-27, 03:44 PM
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Tis the season for planning holiday travel

While it may seem early, many people have already started planning trips for the upcoming holiday season. To help you save money and confidently book holiday travel, were sharing holiday price trends, tips and a few new tools from Google Flights and Hotel Search.

With the help of the Google News Lab and Polygraph, we created a handy tool that shows how prices changebased on when you book and where youre travelingfor flights to popular holiday destinations. Itll even help you find hotel deals for Thanksgiving, December holidays and New Years.

If saving money is your goal, take a day or two off at the start of the week after Thanksgiving; many routes have lower than average prices with a return on Tuesday, November 27th or Wednesday, November 28th.

If youre planning to go on vacation, well also show you what destinations have unusually low hotel prices during these holidays.*As you browse hotel destinations, well show you some of the most popular things to do when you get to your destination, based on the activities that others have saved in Google Search and Maps.*

  • Winter holiday flight price trends infographic
  • Winter holiday hotel deals infographic
  • Winter holiday things to do infographic

See how your Thanksgiving flight price stacks up *

For Thanksgiving this year, were showing a new tip when you search in Google Flights on your phone. It shows you whether the price youre seeing for a given flight is a good pricethat is, is it unusually low, is it typical, or is it highbased on historical prices and prices available so far this year.

Find good flight deals in the Explore Map**

Weve also added new ways to find great deals in the Explore Map in Google Flights. If youre flexible on your travel location or dates for an end-of-year getaway, you can search for destinations like Southern Europe, then choose either specific or flexible dates. Google Flights searches through thousands of possible destinations, analyzes their historical flight prices and then highlights cities with good deals in green.

Check hotel price trends and comparisons

Hotel room rates can also fluctuate, especially when rooms are selling out fast for holidays like New Years Eve. Were adding Price Insights for Hotels, which lets you see how prices evolve over time for the dates of your trip.

Say youre looking to stay at a hotel in San Diego on Christmas. You can now explore that hotels historical prices, if its lower or higher than usual, and compare that price to other hotels in the same destination within a similar price range--and of the same star rating-- during the same time period.

It may be August, but if you *start booking your holiday travel plans by mid-September, youll be giving yourself the best holiday gift of alla little extra cash.