The historical price data on Google Flights is really useful in helping you to work out if you getting a good deal, but it can be a little hard to find.
In this post, I am going to show you how to simply access Google Flights historical data so you can check out prices.
The Simple Way To Find Historical Flight Data in Google Flights
Here’s a step-by-step guide to finding the historical price data you’re looking for in Google Flights.
Complete Your Initial Search
Firstly, go to Google Flights and search for your intended route.
Put in the date you are intending to fly and how many days you intend to fly for.
For this example, we are searching for a weekend break from Melbourne to Uluru for three people.
When the search is complete you will see this box below your results. In this instance, it’s saying it’s a typical price, but if you click it there will be more information.
When you open the drop-down box it will show the below, a scale of how high the flight is currently versus historical data for this route.
Why Can’t I See the Price Graph On Google Flights Price History?
You may well have seen in previous uses of Google Flights that a price history graph appears, but in my example above it didn’t/
An interesting quirk to be aware of is that when you search for a flight for multiple people you don’t get to see the full information, but if you search for a flight for one person you do see the Google Flights price history graph.
In the image below you can see I’ve adjusted my travellers down to one and now the price history box also includes a super-helpful graph.
This graph shows the fluctuation of the exact flight you’ve chosen.
If you hover over the graph at any point you can see the exact price, so here you can see it was $520 at the lowest point and $675 at the highest point.
It’s interesting that once every thirty days or so the price drops off before going up again. You can use this data to figure out potentially the best time to book to get the biggest savings.
This article is not about predicting trends, but more about the functional side of using Google Flights, however, there is some great analysis of Google Flight trends over at GodSaveThePoints.com that is worth reading if you are interested.
Tracking Flight Prices
I have written a full guide to tracking prices on Google Flights, but to summarise quickly, you can hit the ‘price alert’ toggle at the top to be sent regular email updates on the prices for the route you have chosen.
Here below is an example of the toggle on a flight from London to New York.
For any flights you choose to track, the price history will be saved in a separate tab for you to access at any time.
Below you can see an example of a flight I had saved in my dashboard and how the price trend had changed over time.
I hope you’ve found this article useful.
I have a complete guide to using Google Flights at How To Use Google Flights: My Foolproof System To Fly Cheap that you might find interesting to read next.
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