Google has made its Flight Search facility, which can be used to hunt out cheap flights, available in several European countries including the UK.
Previously, it was available in just the US, but now British folks – as well as the French, Dutch, Spanish and Italian – can search for budget flights using Google’s data banks.
You can check out the system here. It’s a simple matter of entering your start point, and destination city, although you can actually enter multiple possible starting airports to see which might be the cheapest place to fly from.
Google then shows you the cheapest options, also taking into account flight time – though you can view all available flights at the click of a button.
Once you’ve settled on a particular flight, you can click through to the operator’s website and book.
Note that prices are in dollars until you’re transferred across to the airline’s website to make your booking – but the dollar price is bang on in terms of the exchange rate. Also, Easyjet, Ryanair, Lufthansa, Thomas Cook and Aer Lingus airlines aren’t available on Google’s service at the moment.