Google has updated its Flight Search tool to let users search for regions. Now, you can search for places in addition to just airports. Google made the announcement on its ITA Software blog. ITA Software is, of course, what powers the Flight Search feature.
"Let’s say you want to take your family to Hawaii for spring break, but you’re not sure which of the islands sounds most appealing," says Google software engineer Peter Balsiger. "There is now a way to quickly and easily search for a broader set of destination information. In this case, instead of checking prices to Kailua-Kona or Kahului, you could type ‘Hawaii’ into Flight Search. Live prices would then appear on the map, so you can quickly compare the cost of the different options."
"Whether you’re planning a trip on your desktop, tablet or phone, you can use Flight Search to search for countries, states, islands and even continents from any U.S. or Canadian origin," he adds.
Balsiger encourages users to try searches like "Australia," "Europe" or "Florida".
Last month, Google upgraded Flight Search with a handful of new features, including Flight Explorer, which lets you browse flights by trip length, number of stops, airline, duration, outbound times and return times. The feature is still under the "experimental" label.
Also in December, MileWise began letting its users search with its ITA Software QPX pricing and shopping technology on their iPhones.