Planning a vacation is exciting. After all, you are overly-eager about finding the best apparel that fits the destination place. Likewise, you are thrilled about pinning places on the map that you want to explore.
However, the excitement can be short-lived if you fail to find airline tickets for your family that fall within your budget range.
Well, who says you can’t find flights at cheaper price and let your excitement increase manifolds!
In this guide, I will tell you the most common reasons why people often fail to find cheap flights and what hacks you can use to find flights within your budget.
Why We See Continuous Price-Hike on Travel Websites?
All hail the Internet for allowing us the convenience to easily compare prices of flights on traveling websites. However, a detailed comparison could easy take you several days, since you need flights that are less expensive and have seats availability.
As you search more and more, you find that the prices of the flights increase gradually. The abnormal price-hike makes you stare at the screen in utter disbelief, you panic and try to immediately book the tickets before the prices go even higher.
Well, you’ll be surprised to know that this ridiculous price escalation is a dirty trick intentionally employed by comparison websites. Since they want to make their cash register click, they show you higher prices than actual.
How do they do that, you may wonder?
IP, aka Internet Protocol, is an address provided by your Internet Service Provider (ISP). It is a unique address that holds critical information about a user, and the user’s location is a vital part of it. When you visit a website, it can easily track your current location by tracking your IP address
How it does that is a completely different topic, which would take a highly detailed blog.
Since it is the age of portability (mobile devices), it is common to see people using travel applications on their smart devices. However, when you install apps, they ask for different permissions such as access to your GPS. By tracking your GPS, travel websites or apps can easily see your region from where you are searching for prices.
A Few Possible Ways to Find Cheap Flights
By now, you must be feeling frustrated and furious over traveling companies. But, don’t give up just yet.
Here are some tips that will help you overcome these dirty tricks and find cheap flights:
Delete Cookies Every Time You Visit a Website
Since you now know that cookies are one of the culprits that leak information to websites, you can start with deleting cookies and searching the result then. Although it might feel inconvenient to delete cookies every time you revisit the website for searches, it is the best possible option for finding fair prices. But keep in mind that the practices doesn’t always work if your IP is being tracked.
Be On the Lookout for Cheapest Days
Some people say that Tuesday’s are the best day to book flights. Though I don’t know how much truth the statement holds, it is best to give it the benefit of doubt and compare prices of different days with Tuesday. If there is any truth to it, you will surely be jumping with joy. If not, then you can try the next tip.
Find Cheapest Places on Earth
Believe it or not, there are many places on Earth where traveling is not only easy but also cheapest. There are some traveling websites and applications where you can find multiple flight prices of different countries. However, this option isn’t reasonable for people who are pretty picky of where to fly out.
Book Local Airlines
A frequent traveler would know that flight prices usually vary from airline to airline. More often than not, local airlines are more cost-effective than international airlines. However, people offer prefer international over local airlines because of the comfort, luxury or simply the level of services offered. So, if you are not that fussy about service comfort or luxury, opt for local airlines…keeping in mind that it flies to the country or city of your choice.
Try International Version of Website
Another way to find cheap flights is by accessing the International version of the travel of flight booking website. It is because of the difference between the currency values of countries, you might find a cheaper price on the international website than local website, and vice versa. However, the method would only work if the website doesn’t track your IP.
VPN is the Best Hack to Cheap Flights
The tips mentioned above may be effective but not so convenient or comfortable for many. Regardless, if you don’t want to opt for the aforementioned tips, I would recommend that you try a VPN service.
A virtual private network (VPN) service gives you the ability to cloak your real IP and use a fake IP instead. The fake or anonymous IP would show a different country of origin to the website. As a result, the website won’t be able to track your actual location.
As a matter of fact, there have been cases of people who have saved over $400 of flights. If you don’t believe me, search it on communities like Reddit.
Here’s how you can go about it:
- Subscribe to a USA VPN service
- Launch the VPN
- Open the travel website such as Skyscanner in the Incognito mode
- Enter flight details for prices
- Now connect the app to a different server location
- See the difference yourself
Bonus Tip – Use a VPN to Book Flights Securely
VPNs are known not only for anonymity but also for security. As we all know how dangerous it has become to purchase stuff online or make online transactions due to cyber threats.
A VPN lets you carry out all these activities in a secure manner due to its encryption feature. Therefore, when you book flights, it is best to connect a VPN so you can be assured that your credit card details are hidden and secure.
An experienced content writer and digital evangelist. Patrick J. Burt has been writing for more than 3 years on various writing platforms all across the internet. He is an avid contributor and a part of the entire digital marketing team. Find him on Twitter, Google+ and Facebook