3 essential features of Google Flights & how to use them

Without a doubt my favorite travel tool, Google Flights is where I start researching any flight I want to take.

Though Google Flights has dozens of features, here are the three that any traveler can use:

1. Discover trips.

Know you want to take a trip but not sure where to go on your budget? Just put in your airport of origin and approximate dates, and Google Flights will make some suggestions for you.

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Dance floor legroom & Carolina lovebirds. Charlotte to SF in AA economy plus (A321)

The mid-60s North Carolina couple next me were heading to San Francisco for the first time, celebrating their 25th anniversary, and their party had already started.

Vodka/Red Bull with Bud Light was their go-to for refreshment on the 5+ hour flight (die-hard Stoli loyalists, they settled for the Texas-made Tito’s vodka).

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Hotel review: Hilton Helsinki Kalastajatorppa

Kalastajatorppa.

That may be the longest word I’ve ever typed.

The Hilton Helsinki Kalastajatorppa’s┬áname is about as long as the trek to get to it from the airport, but it’s a classic, waterfront hotel that can be enjoyed for just 25k Hilton Honors points per night.

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5 entry-level travel hacks for smooth flying

After arriving at the airport recently with a few co-workers, we all headed for security, assuming we’d all checked in already.

One of us hadn’t, which made me realize: there are a few simple travel hacks that travel lovers take for granted, but that people who don’t care as much for traveling might not be aware of.

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These hacks could make for much calmer sailing when it comes to air travel.

1. Check in to your flight ASAP.

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