Google announced Tuesday it has changed the way people can search for hotels and flights using smartphones in a bid to make trip planning simpler on mobile devices.
The company said hotel and flight bookings can now be made through Google Search results. Users can scroll through search results for hotels that include photos, and swipe through those photos without having to leave the list of results. Date and price filtering can also be done through the results page, and users can also now book through Google.
It’s a similar story for flights, as bookings can be done through search and the same filtering and comparisons as hotels can be done on air travel searches. Google says users can now toggle more easily between flights and hotels with a new tab layout. Users can also search by destination to determine the best hotel and flight options. The “More Destinations” tab also offers suggestions on nearby trips for that original destination and, of course, Google-approved companies that might offer additional services along the way.
Google’s realization here is that more and more people are doing planning and booking for travel on a smartphone, rather than carving out time on a computer at home. Or that more people are deciding to make last-minute changes and don’t have the patience to flip through multiple windows and apps to get where they want, or need, to be.