Now when searching for various flight options, you can use Google Flight Search. This capability, launched today, will allow you to type your flight information into the search bar and view all available flights. Once you select your outbound flight, it will give you all the return flight options on all carriers and your total price. After playing around for a little, this engine works better than Kayak.com to include round-trip fares when traveling on different carrier on your outbound and return flights. Typically, on Kayak.com, most of the round-trip options utilize the same carrier, although sometimes it is in fact cheaper to fly different airlines.

This capability is being rolled out throughout the day today to select users, so it might take some time for you to see this option in your Google web browser. If you do not see the “Flight” option on the left-hand side of your web page, you can also go directly to the Flight Search page at http://www.google.com/flights/.

Watch the YouTube video below to see exactly how this flight search engine works. It looks pretty cool, but unfortunately, only US airports are included for the time being. My assumption is over some time (within the next year at most) all airports will be in the system.

Let me know what you think of this new search tool. I personally am liking the visual component of this search engine. Now if they only include Southwest…

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  • Darren said,

    I’m glad this came around so quickly after I reviewed its primary competitor: UK-based Everbread and their Haystack Flight Search. Can’t wait to take Google for a test drive!

  • clc said,

    it currently does not support flights outside the US. they need to work on this quick!

  • dealswelike said,

    @clc – I agree! It is only US flight for the time being. I am sure we will see all flights included in the near future.

  • DAVID said,

    Looks like it misses some of the favorable options such as SFO-JFK on VX , no Virgin America flights listed ….

  • Max Jones said,

    Better than Momondo!

  • dayone said,

    “Sorry, locations outside the U.S. are currently not supported.”

  • The Travel Abstract said,

    @clc that is similar to what Bing did when launching their flight search engine.

    The calender and limits features are both interesting. ITA matrix is better for me.

  • Dave said,

    Yah, I like the visual component as well. Now it’s just a matter of how long it takes them to include Canadian and European departure and arrival cities.

  • dealswelike said,

    @DAVID – agree, this definitely looks like a first version prototype to me. Give it a few months and I am sure everything will be fully up to date.

  • dealswelike said,

    @Darren – definitely a cool new search engine! They just need to incorporate international flights and some other routes and could surpass kayak maybe?

  • DannyB said,

    How well you say this compares to Hipmunk.com? I know Hipmunk can’t quite parse the search data as much as the Google site does, but I really like Hipmunk’s graphical presentation and ease of refinement. Thoughts?

  • dealswelike said,

    @DannyB – playing with Hipmunk.com right now per your suggestion! It really does lay it out nicely for you to see. Google still needs to work out some of the kinks on their site. I think we need to see Googles finished working product to really compare.

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