Google Trips Takes Its Final Trip

Less than three years after it launched Google Trips, Google is killing the service and rolling some of its features into other services.

“We’re saying goodbye to Google Trips on August 6,” a message greeting users of the mobile app version reads. “Many of your favorite features will live on in Google Search and Google Maps, so you can continue to plan and manage your trips with Google.”


“Many” doesn’t mean “all, nor does this change mean you have a single place to manage everything trip and travel-related: When Google Trips launched in September 2016, it was billed as a way to consolidate all vacation and trip planning into a single, offline-accessible place. In other words, a TripIt competitor.

“Google Trips is a personalized tour guide in your pocket,” Google explained at the time. “Each trip contains key categories of information, including day plans, reservations, things to do, food & drink, and more, so you have everything you need at your fingertips. The entire app is available offline — simply tap the Download button under each trip to save it to your phone.”

If you follow my Home Swap and other travel-related What I Use posts, you may know that I have used, relied on, and recommended Google Trips since it was first released. When Google announced in May that it was further consolidating its travel and trips services into a single service, I figured that Google Trips was going to get even better by bringing in the functionality of Google Flights and Hotels.

Instead, it’s disappearing.

“Support for the Google Trips app will end on August 5, 2019,” a Google support document explains. “At this time, you’ll no longer be able to use the app. Until then, you’ll still be able to access and email all of your trip reservations and notes as normal.”

As for that bit about Google Trips functionality being available in other services, Google says that Google Search is now your go-to for learning about destinations, viewing past and upcoming reservations, and finding saved attractions, flights, and (soon) hotel rooms. You can also use Google Maps to find things to do at a destination and browse saved places, and Maps will soon organize your upcoming reservations by trip too.

We do use Google Maps extensively while traveling too, so some of that makes sense. A better option, perhaps, is the Google Travel website, which combines destination exploration with flights and hotel booking. Hey, I have an idea. Maybe Google could make a mobile app version and consolidate everything in the same place.

They could call it Google Trips. It’s a great idea.

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  • dontbeevil

    06 August, 2019 - 3:01 am

    <p>new day another google service shut down… which one will be next?</p>

    • chocolate starfish

      06 August, 2019 - 3:09 am

      <blockquote><em><a href="#447527">In reply to dontbeevil:</a></em></blockquote><p>Really? Do you need reminding how many MS services shut down? </p><p>At least Google hasn't shut down the entire mobile platform or shut down a browser like Edge.</p><p><br></p><p>Why would you make a comment like that with MS's track record.</p><p><br></p><p><br></p>

      • Paul Thurrott

        Premium Member
        06 August, 2019 - 3:47 am

        <blockquote><em><a href="#447528">In reply to chocolate starfish:</a></em></blockquote><p>I think we can all agree that they're both terrible with this.</p>

        • chocolate starfish

          06 August, 2019 - 6:05 pm

          <blockquote><em><a href="#447531">In reply to paul-thurrott:</a></em></blockquote><p>That was my point to the op's biased post. Look at the responses and down votes. It seems that we can't all agree on that.</p><p><br></p>

      • dontbeevil

        06 August, 2019 - 4:04 am

        <blockquote><em><a href="#447528">In reply to chocolate starfish:</a></em></blockquote><p>Edge is not shutting down, will receive a "major update" (and hopefully will keep all the best Edge features)</p>

        • chocolate starfish

          06 August, 2019 - 4:13 am

          <blockquote><em><a href="#447533">In reply to dontbeevil:</a></em></blockquote><p>Yeah, lol. Edge Chromium.</p><p>Spin it any way you need to. It doesn't change the facts.</p><p><br></p><p>Nothing Google has done remotely comes close to the capitulation of Edge and WM.</p><p><br></p><p><br></p>

          • JoePaulson

            06 August, 2019 - 7:50 am

            <blockquote><em><a href="#447534">In reply to chocolate starfish:</a></em></blockquote><p>We found him everyone…the one guy that likes the old Edge.</p>

            • lwetzel

              Premium Member
              06 August, 2019 - 10:13 am

              <blockquote><em><a href="#447551">In reply to JoePaulson:</a></em></blockquote><p>I really liked the old Edge. They still had work to do on it but it was pretty good. I really like the new Chromium based Edge and the direction they are going on it. So I guess I'm the two guy!</p>

      • JoePaulson

        06 August, 2019 - 7:49 am

        <blockquote><em><a href="#447528">In reply to chocolate starfish:</a></em></blockquote><p>um….the browser? Really? You’re reaching for straws buddy.</p>

  • maethorechannen

    Premium Member
    06 August, 2019 - 3:55 am

    <p>I would have thought that the functionality would have been rolled into the Assistant. </p><p><br></p><p>Thinking about it, I'm kind of surprised this was ever a separate app and not just a part of Assistant.</p>

  • red.radar

    Premium Member
    06 August, 2019 - 7:34 am

    <p>Anyone know of a deathwatch site someone could use to crosscheck a service before investing in it ? </p><p><br></p><p>This is is annoying </p>

    • karlinhigh

      Premium Member
      06 August, 2019 - 10:21 am

      <blockquote><em><a href="#447549">In reply to red.radar:</a></em></blockquote><p>I really like this idea. Somewhere I read a comment like "The tools I trust the most are the ones that are older than I am."</p><p><br></p><p>Maybe the deathwatch tracker could use the endangered species graph that Wikipedia has, from "least concern" to "extinct."</p>

      • maethorechannen

        Premium Member
        06 August, 2019 - 10:57 am

        <blockquote><em><a href="#447570">In reply to karlinhigh:</a></em></blockquote><p><em>The tools I trust the most are the ones that are older than I am.</em></p><p><br></p><p>For some of us, that would mean COBOL and VT-05 terminals (the predecessor to the predecessor of the better known VT-100). No thanks.</p><p><br></p>

        • SvenJ

          Premium Member
          06 August, 2019 - 12:53 pm

          <blockquote><a href="#447579"><em>In reply to maethorechannen:</em></a><em> </em>For some it would be slide rules, pencils and graph paper.</blockquote><p><br></p>

  • jedwards87

    06 August, 2019 - 8:41 am

    <p>I never used Trips so I do not know much about it but doesn't Google's new Travel site do basically the same thing ?</p>

  • IanYates82

    Premium Member
    06 August, 2019 - 9:00 am

    <p>August 5/6 is mentioned. That's literally today. This doesn't seem like a lot of notice. If I was mid-trip and relying on this service I'd be rather annoyed!</p>

  • nicholas_kathrein

    Premium Member
    06 August, 2019 - 9:44 am

    <p>I loved this app but only used it at most once or twice a year. I loved to have my previous trips in here as well. I wish they'd keep it but they must not have gotten enough users. The one think I hate about the anti trust stuff going on is the pressure not to bundle apps. This app would have been great bundled in Android but you had to know about it and seek it out. That is what kills any of these good ideas that it seems like most people don't even know exists. </p>

  • csalese

    06 August, 2019 - 12:02 pm

    <p>This is exactly why I've been divorcing myself from Google and Microsoft consumer tech. There's no way I'll be 100% successful without making major compromises but whittling down to Gmail, YouTube, O365 Premium and OneDrive appears to be doable. I'd rather be burned by startups and help to give them a chance to shine.</p>

  • Daekar

    06 August, 2019 - 2:04 pm

    <p>Jesus, Microsoft might shut stuff down but at least they give you some warning. Crazy.</p>

  • jgraebner

    Premium Member
    06 August, 2019 - 8:11 pm

    <p>This was a rare case where Google, for some reason, was never able to catch up with the competition. TripIt is also free (for the features most people need) and is considerably better that Google Trips was in pretty much every way. </p>


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