Let’s face it, one of the main barriers to your international vacation is the abhorrent fees and ticket prices that come packaged with airlines. I mean, for one round trip from the U.S to South Korea, you’re looking at a minimum of $1,200! That’s just the ticket price as well, not including any fees for luggage.
But these high prices aren’t “static”. They can be different for everyone. This is because airlines use different techniques depending on where you’re buying your tickets, who’s buying, and where they are going.
Your IP Address Changes the Price
One trick airlines may pull when you purchase tickets online is your IP address. See, airlines may increase prices when they see your IP.
Your IP address is a special set of numbers that your computer or phone is given on your network. If an airline was using your IP address to increase prices, you may not be able to do much. One solution is to download a VPN, so that your IP address can be constantly changed or hidden.
But why would an airline company use your IP? Well, they might use it to observer your browser history, device information, and cookies. If you have a browser history that suggests you are planning to visit Fiji, an airline may increase prices to Fiji. It’s sneaky and privacy-violating, but airlines have been doing it for a while.
Choose Wisely Your Day of Departure
It may also be surprising to note that the day of your flight can heavily affect the prices of your tickets. For example, your day of departure falling on a Sunday or a Friday may increase the price of your ticket, as people going on vacation or business trips will be leaving as well on those days.
If you truly want the cheapest prices, try to book your flight mid-week, such as Tuesday or Wednesday. Not many people are leaving or travelling those days, therefore tickets will be a little cheaper.
Pay Attention to Fees
You may have found a great deal on tickets, but that doesn’t insure a cheap flight. A lot of cheaper airlines will advertise their cheap ticket prices but coincidentally hide their fees. What fees you may ask?
There can fees for virtually anything. What cabin you’re placed in, how much luggage you have, amount of people with you, etc. Airlines can and will milk as much money out of you as they can. So be on the lookout for hidden details and fees, otherwise you may be spending much more than if you went with a slightly more expensive airline.
Check every Option
The easiest way to check if you are getting the best deal is to just check every website or airline near you. There are flight aggregator websites that compare prices for you. Make good use of them to find the best deal and try to check if the flight is still available and whether there are extra charges. Sometimes sites show fake prices to lure you in, so be sure to watch out for those. Buying your tickets one day and finding out you could’ve had a cheaper option if you went with another airline stings.
Don’t Make Your Flight Miserable
Having a cheap airfare is great, but don’t sacrifice your cabin experience. The flight marks the beginning of your trip, and you’ll be on the plane for a while, so you want the experience to be decent at the very least.
Your happiness needs to come first. Just because a downgraded seat saves you $30 doesn’t mean you have to take it. Happiness over money. If you can afford it, why not make yourself feel a bit more at home on your flight?