Google is doubling down on travel ahead of the holiday season, by rolling out updates to its Google Flights feature over the next few weeks. The service that already allows travelers to view flights from multiple airlines will now track prices, advise on the best time to book and fly based on historical pricing data, and find hotel deals.

The new features are meant to help users wrangle all the factors that go into booking a flight--from choosing a destination and the optimal times to purchase and travel. It'll also help you compare prices between airports and airlines and book a hotel.

Below is a deeper look at how Google Flights might make your holidays brighter:

Search

If you're looking at a specific location but haven't yet chosen a flight, Google's improved Search will offer advice--providing tips on days, times and airports that offer the best deal. Once you choose a specific flight, you'll see predictions on whether the price is expected to change--and by how much--to make sure you're getting the best deal.

Explore

The new Explore feature allows travelers to search based on the type of destination they have in mind. If you are traveling to a certain region, but flexible on the exact location, the Explore feature can search flights based on the best deal or shortest layovers.

Hotels

Google already flags hotel prices that are above or below the average price, but its new feature will surface all hotels that are currently offering a deal in your desired location.

And Google says all of these features are mobile friendly. Throughout the process, you can sign up to track flight and hotel prices via email notifications.

Published on: Oct 18, 2016