Google introduces features to help users travel during COVID-19 - here's how to use them
Starting this week, Google will add information about travel resuming in a specific destination on Google Search.
August 17, 2020 / 11:10 AM IST
Google has introduced some new features to its search results that would help users travel better. As restrictions begin to lift and people start travelling, these features will help them stay up-to-date with the latest guidelines and restrictions, if any.
Google has listed all the new travel-related features it is bringing to Search in its blog post. Starting this week, Google will add information about travel resuming in a specific destination on Google Search. Users will be able to see the percentage of open hotels with availability and flights operating at the city or county level based on Google Flights and Hotels data from the previous week.
How to check for open hotels and operating flights?
Visit google.com/travel and tap on a trip you are planning, or search for hotels and things to do. You will see trendlines for hotel and flight availability. Links to additional local resources, including the number of COVID-19 cases, are provided as well.
Further, Google will also add details of hotels offering a free cancellation option for bookings. Search for a hotel or a vacation rental on google.com/travel and filter to see only rooms or properties with free cancellation policies. You can tap on a specific listing to see more details.
Google has already rolled out the COVID-19 checkpoints and restrictions in Google Maps
. The feature will provide relevant alerts from local transit agencies when users look up transit direction for a trip that is likely to be affected by COVID-19 restrictions.