Google Flights (Finally) Adds Basic Economy Filter

Apr 20, 2018

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The day many of us having been waiting for is finally here: a Google Flights filter for basic economy fares!

Google Flights is a TPG favorite for ease in searching for flight prices, schedules, aircraft types and more. But, one annoyance that we’ve had in the wake of basic economy expanding to most domestic airlines was that Google Flights didn’t have an option to filter out these fares. Even when Google Flights updated its interface this January, that option still wasn’t added.

Well, it looks like Google finally has heard our cries. In an unannounced tweak this week, Google Flights now has the option to filter for “overhead bin access.”

For legacy carriers that charge for carry-on bags (American, United), this selection will eliminate basic economy fares. However, since Delta doesn’t restrict basic economy passengers from carrying on a bag, Delta basic economy fares will still show up.

And since low-cost carriers like Frontier and Spirit don’t have a non-basic economy option, selecting the “overhead bin access” option prices in the cost of a carry-on bag:

This gives flight searchers an apple-to-apple comparison between low-cost carrier and legacy airline flight options.

Unfortunately for fellow fans of the older version of Google Flights, this option is only found on the new interface.

If you’re a Google Flights power user, make sure you’ve installed the helpful Chrome extensions to add legroom data to initial search results and easily price compare with websites like Expedia, Momondo, Kayak and SkyScanner.

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