Google Flights allows the users to comprehensively search for flights based on prices across multiple airlines in one and easy-to-use interface. This easy-to-use interface and open-ended functionality makes different from other flight search applications. The tool is largely powered by the Google Flights API that came from its acquisition of ITA software and its QPX API. The interface gives you information about general price information and tickets.
Google Flights API is a simple interface that actually different from planning travel. It has included two search end points such as searchSingleTrip and searchTrips. Searchsingletrip feature returns all data for a single trips’ worth of flights whereas searchTrips end point lets you allow to search multiple flights according to user parameters.
How to Call Google Flights API
In order make a call Google Flights API, you need to follow below steps as follows.
Get an API key from Google
Initially, you need to get an api key from Google itself. For that, you’re required to go to Google developers console.
- In the next step, you will login with the Google account if you already have otherwise create a new account for logging into the console.
- You can select a project or create a new one.
- Later, you just go to the QPX Express Airfare API dashboard on Google’s API manager.
- You just click on enable button to turn on the web page and go to the credentials tab on the API manager to get API key.
Make an API call from Your Web Browser
By using api key, you can easily make an API call from RapidAPI’s Google Flights package. Primarily, you can head over to the Google Flights package page on RapidAPI and pick an end point and fill the parameters. Once you’ve made a call to the API, you can incorporate the API code snippet into your script. Accordingly, you just pick the language and copy the code. If you want to embed multiple APIs from RapidAPI into your mobile app, you need not download the multiple libraries and just make a call to multiple APIs from a single Rapid API end point.
But, Google will pull its QPX Express API and cutting off its airfare feed and the final shutdown will take place on April 10, 2018. That means it will not take any new users and existing users can get a reduced rate on any API calls. Instead of supporting the QPX Express API, it will focus on other enterprise solutions for partners and users. Google is not providing suggestions or recommendations but some of the services which provide API tool that accesses the developer notes including SkyScanner, Fareportal, and Skypicker. Customers who are using QPX Express API having a lot of household names such as CheapTickets, Cape Air, United Airlines, UN Airways, Orbitz, Alitalia, and much more. It appears to be Google focusing on developing the travel tools for customer not for developers. Relevantly, it is related to that how it can grow its audience and builds out ad products.