Once upon a time, I needed to buy a one-way ticket from Auckland to Los Angeles.
I looked high and low throughout the airfare kingdom, searching Delta, United, JetBlue, Expedia, Travelocity and on and on. I tried my preferred dates, alternate dates and worst-case-scenario dates.
After searching near and far, I was finally ready to settle for a $600 ticket.
Her go-to farecasting tool? Google Flights.
It was love at first sight.
Just like everything Google, the interface it remarkably straightforward. You can see an entire month of pricing in one glance:
You can also see the prices displayed as a bar graph:
No more testing different dates to find the best price. One glance shows that leaving a day early saves cash. If you miss these nuances, the tool gives price-saving tips:
You can also explore prices at surrounding airports. Perhaps you wonder if San Diego is a cheaper destination than LA? Your prince charming, Google Flights, will tell you:
Finally, you can also filter your search by number of stops, airlines, flight duration, connecting airports and more.
It's basically a fairytale come true.
The happy ending to my search for the NZ to LA ticket?
When I wished upon a star (plugged my search into Google Flights) the lowest price glowed in a soothing green. $275.