Will you be traveling this holiday season? If so Google’s new brainchild “Google Travel” might just be your ticket to a cheaper flight, that is if you are traveling by air in the United States only. Google, who purchased the airfare software company ITA back in April, has recently got the green light from the Department of Justice, it was being investigated for potential anti-competitive laws, to launch Google Travel.
If you are wondering what the difference is between air travel search engines like Kayak and Expedia, the answer might with Google Travel you’ll get faster results. According to TechCrunch “As stipulated by the Justice Department, Google is required to continue to license ITA’s airfare search software to airfare websites on commercially ‘reasonable terms’ and to continue to fund the development of ITA’s software at similar levels to what ITA has invested in recent years. Google is also mandated to further develop and offer ITA’s next generation InstaSearch product, which is currently in development, to travel websites, which will provide near instantaneous results to certain types of flexible airfare search queries.”
To see how Google Travel works head over to google.com/flights and select your city and destination of travel. Unfortunately Google Travel isn’t available for those of us traveling out of Aspen, Colorado. Let’s see if this takes off better than Google Plus.