Google Trips does not get the same love that many of Google’s other apps do but for travellers it is equally useful for its many features. Unfortunately, as all things Google often do, its time is about to end with Google shutting it down, prematurely.
Inbox, Google’s most recent shut much-loved app, had the ability to create bundles of emails related to a specific trip such as flights, accommodation and sight seeing bookings. Gmail, not so much. That left Google Trips to do the heavy lifting on this one, and having used it extensively on my recent trip to the US with multiple accommodation and flights it was an extremely handy resource.
Unfortunately all good (Google) things must come to an end and support for the Google Trips app will end on August 5, 2019 — that is just two months away. At the same time as making this ‘announcement’ Google point to where people can find your ‘favourite’ Google Trips app features in Google Search and Google Maps.
Soon saved attractions, flights and hotels for upcoming trips will be able to be found in Google Search or online at google.com/travel. Google Maps will also be gaining a ‘Trip Reservations’ subsection within ‘Your Places’.
By all accounts the upcoming destinations etc do not have anywhere near the level of organisation that the Google Trips app has (had?) and it’s information is very basic. The new online trips website is fairly extensive but having the app handy and on your mobile device was handy, especially when travelling — kind of when you would most likely require trip information.
We will wait and see how Google implement ALL of the Google Trips functionality into their other apps — it would be nice to have a one stop shop for all your trip information but whether that happens is anyone’s guess.