I was recently booking an airline ticket and it was coming out to be ridiculously expensive. I did what everyone does – directly check the airline, check all the travel sites like Orbitz, check Hotwire, and so on. The main problem was I had a very specific window of time the flight had to be in so my options were limited. After doing this for a couple of days, I went ahead and booked it. When I looked at the price, I suddenly remembered something I had read online a while back.
Travel sites like to leave cookies on your computer for what you search. If you keep searching the same itinerary over and over, it realizes you really want that ticket – and so it increases the price. I decided to try from another computer (different IP address, no cookies) and see what I could get. I was worried that because I was booking directly through the airline, and I have an online account with them, that it would realize what I was doing and charge me the increase anyway.
On the other computer, without logging in to the site, I ran the exact same itinerary. $56 cheaper. So I proceeded with the booking process, had to log in, but it still gave me the cheaper price. This time I went ahead and confirmed the booking.
Don’t be a victim to the game. Learn the game being played around you and master it.
This simple trick saved me $56 (plus tax).