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7 useful Google features you're not using

7 useful Google features you're not using
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Google says that it handles over 3 billion searches per day, worldwide. That's a lot! And it's statistics like these that show just how much we use this powerful search engine.

Whether it's for actual research or for casual web browsing, Google has become our go-to resource. It's no longer just a website or even just a company. The term "Google" has become a verb. Just think about it: When was the last time you told someone to Google something?

But even though we all use Google on a daily basis, most people don't realize there's a lot more you can do with it than just search. In fact, you're probably overlooking some of Google's most useful features. Here are seven you might not know about.

1. Google Flight Search

We all know about sites like Expedia and Kayak that help you find great deals on flights. But, you actually don't need them. Google can do this too. You just need to use Google Flight Search.

Google Flight Search gives you quick access to the information from other sites in one place. It shares many of the same features as the other sites - such as airline comparisons, rate monitoring, etc. - but it also has handy tools that help you choose the best time to travel.

If you're flexible with your departure dates, and even your destination, Google Flight Search can help you find the best deals out there.

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One of the most helpful tools is the map displayed on the home page, which shows you pricing information at a glance for destinations you might be interested in visiting. You can click on this map to see even more options and spot even more deals.

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When you click on the red dot for the destination you're interested in, a window pops up on the left-hand side of the screen with more information. This window compares various flight options at a glance and even pulls up hotel deals in the area.

Booking from there is easy. Just click on the flight you want, and follow the prompts to purchase your ticket.

Worried you might miss a better deal if you'd only had a different departure date? With Google Flight Search you don't need to worry about that at all. In fact, when you're choosing your travel dates, the ticket prices are listed right on the calendar.

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There are also tools you can use to check price trends, so you can easily determine if it's cheaper to visit your destination during a different time of the year.

Bonus tip: Having a great online tool isn't the only thing you need to get a great price on tickets. Click here for a secret formula that shows if you're paying too much for airfare.

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