Use This Simple Google Trick to Make Your Flight Easier

Do you have an upcoming flight on your schedule? Try this.

Do you have an upcoming flight on your schedule? Try this: Google “flight status” while logged in to a Google account. A bunch of useful information, including seat, terminal, and gate details; any delay or cancellation information; confirmation number; past flights; and relevant emails will pop up at the top of the search results. Reddit user jasenlee highlighted this useful little travel hack: “It’s pretty simple and of course this seems exactly what something Google would do but I love it because I’m no longer looking through tons of emails to find a confirmation number, record locator, etc. to find my flight status.”

Creepy? Yes. Useful? Also yes. SmarterTravel editor Dara Continenza tested the trick. She Googled “flight status” while signed into her Google account and saw this:

Google has even more handy travel tricks up its sleeve. Download Google Now for your phone, and the app will tell you when it’s time to leave for the airport. Google Now also sends alerts when your flight is late, tells you how long your drive to the airport (or wherever) will take, and displays key details on car and hotel reservations.

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By Caroline Costello

Caroline Costello's travel accomplishments include surviving a 2 a.m. whitewater rafting excursion in the Canadian wilderness, successfully biking from Dusseldorf to Cologne without a map, and gaining access to a covert pizza speakeasy in New Orleans.

Caroline is an active member of the Society of American Travel Writers (SATW). Her work has appeared on USA Today, the Boston Globe,,, ABC News, TODAY Travel, and, among other publications.

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