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July 25, 2017

Simple tricks to get the cheapest flights online

Simple tricks to get the cheapest flights online – It’s not just using about using flight comparison sites

 

Cheapest flights available

 

Firstly it is important to understand Flight Comparison Sites come under two distinct banners: either as a travel fare aggregator website (Fare aggregators redirect the users to an airline) or travel metasearch engine, so named as they conduct searches, across multiple independent search engines.

Both forms of comparison sites have their downsides, as none can truly get their CPU’s around ‘How Airlines Set Their Prices.’ Air operators use a number of booking classes to maximize their profits and pigeon hole, us into mainly two types of travelers: leisure travelers and business travelers. Who while both need flights their buying behavior is quite different. See flightfox.com

While it is almost always beneficial to use these sites, they do have their own failings; sites often display prices that aren’t accurate, which jump when clicking through to a booking agent. So states The Telegraph newspaper in its article The best flight search websites – tried and tested.

That said these sites are still the best source to find the cheapest flights……… but to really beat the ever increasing astuteness of the airline, you have to apply a few more tricks if you want the lowest price.

Clear Cookies

Delete Cookies

Airlines will almost certainly use cookies to track your visits to their websites. There are numerous articles out there that tell of airlines using cookies to look at how many times you have searched for a flight only to second guess you by covertly bumping up the price for a flight it thinks you may be interested in.

Removing cookies is pretty straight forward and is dependent, on which web browser you use, but the option is normally found under ‘Settings’ and Clear Browsing Data.

 

 

 

Keep incognito

Keep incognito

If you don’t want to go through the hassle in clearing your cookies each time you visit an airline’s website. Then use your web browsers Incognito Mode, designed to prevent others from tracking you when you visit a site. If your web browser doesn’t have an incognito mode, there will certainly be a safe browsing option which does the same thing.

 

 

Don’t use a PC or laptop

Recent research found that e-commerce sites on average offer cheaper prices to people browsing from a smart phone or tablet rather than from a desktop or laptop. This is in part due to ‘psychology of price perception’, which is not as easy to manage on smaller screens.

Don't use laptops or PC

According to the Washington Post, price discrimination on e-commerce sites is becoming more prevalent, this was later backed up by a collaboration of scientists from leading research universities who provide an extension to Google Chrome, the most-used internet browser, which displays price discrimination. (Or Steering as it is known).

 

 

Hide your location – Use a VPN

VPN

While a VPN or Virtual Private Network, are most often used by corporations to protect sensitive data, to add security and privacy to private and public networks, VPN’s can be used to hide and change the virtual location of your computer so that you can trick websites into thinking you are located elsewhere.

This is beneficial because many airlines demand different prices in different currencies for the same flight and also monitor prices depending on a customer’s location.

There are more and more, free VPN’s out there, see Top 10 Best VPNs for Thailand.

 

Check the prices against Booking Direct

Coupons and booking Direct

Once you have conducted your research through comparison sites, you should always check with the airline direct to see if they have special promotions. One final check is to look at coupon sites such as Groupon Coupons, who just may provide a further discount. (Did you know 31 Billion eCoupons will be redeemed worldwide in 2019 – Invespcro.com)

 

How-ever you chose to book your next flight be-aware, airlines employ the same ‘psychology of price perception tricks’ that large corporations use all over the world. (See the article on the tricks Amazon use).

 

If you want to beat the airlines at their own game and get the very best deal on flights, you need to combine the use of search engines and Booking Direct, with the above straight forward, simple and free tricks.

 

 

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