As the Covid-19 pandemic has hit the travel industry hard, Google is now trying to add new tools to its travel feature that will highlight any virus-related information for users in order to help them plan their travel better in the near future.
These tools will include local Covid-19 case counts, trip search rules and whether the hotel offers free cancellations among many others.
To help travellers plan properly in these uncertain times, Google has added a few tweaks to its search results, offering key information like hotels and flights availability.
It also introduces a nifty sorting feature called ‘free cancellation’, letting users see hotel and vacation rentals with refundable options only. This feature could prove to be very useful during these uncertain times, when planning travel can be a taxing affair.
“When you visit google.com/travel and tap on a trip you’re planning, or search for hotels and things to do, you’ll now see trendlines for hotel and flight availability. Links to additional local resources, including the number of COVID-19 cases, are provided as well,” the search giant explains.
Because of the uncertainty around COVID-19, a ‘free cancellation’ option from hotels and stays could be one of most sought-after perquisites that travellers look for. For this purpose, Google is adding a ‘free cancellation’ filter to see properties that offer this incentive.
Google says that the hotel and flight availability percentage will roll out next week. We cannot see the ‘Free Cancellation’ filter in our search results either. In any case, both these new features would go live soon, and help travellers make safer and informed decisions about future travel.