Slick Airfare Tool for Google Earth

Airfare tool in Google EarthA couple of days ago someone called ‘gwwallace’ at the Google Earth Community posted a really cool tool for calculating airfares (I believe it only works for the continental US and Canada right now). The airfare tool will automatically try to guess the nearest airport to you based on a lookup for your IP address. It will automatically show you airfares to various major airports from that departure point. You can try it now to see if it guesses your nearest airport correctly (it worked for me). Once you have airfares shown for various airports, you can click on the placemark and a link will be provided to a web site where you can get more information or presumably make a reservation.
If the airfare calculator doesn’t guess your IP address, you can tell it what departure airport you want to use by modifying a URL. You can also choose destination airports shown as well. The instructions for modifying the URL are in this post, along with examples. This program is just getting off the ground. But, it has some real possibilities. This is a groundbreaking type of application. Great work ‘gwwallace’! And, thanks to Chief_Sparky for bringing it to my attention.

About Frank Taylor

Frank Taylor started the Google Earth Blog in July, 2005 shortly after Google Earth was first released. He has worked with 3D computer graphics and VR for many years and was very impressed with this exciting product. Frank completed a 5.5 year circumnavigation of the earth by sailboat in June 2015 which you can read about at Tahina Expedition, and is a licensed pilot, backpacker, diver, and photographer.


  1. Hi Frank,
    Thanks for the mention….Just fixed a bug with the default URL you posted. Also, if you add nofilter=true on the end of the URL then you will get all the airfares filed for your departure city across the US and Canada.
    Thanks again,

  2. Thanks for your review. We’re working on several ways to display airfare data including Google Maps and a variety of widgets and extensions.
    We’ll be adding international fares in January and definitely appreciate feedback.

  3. This is indeed a helpful tool. I use it all the time to coordinate my travel around the globe.

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