It is well known how airlines are doing what they can to optimize earnings on the individual traveler.This is due in particular to the fact that the internet has made the travel industry very transparent.
It is easy to compare the prices of air tickets and thus find the cheapest tickets. As a result, fares have fallen-a whopping 8 % between 2014 and 2015 in Europe, according to Expedia and BilligeFlybilletter.dk.
The airlines know that if you look many times at the same ticket over the course of several days it is likely you buy it.
They also know that you have more money to spend if you are sitting on a Macbook computer as opposed to a Windows computer. It’s data they use to give you higher prices than others.
But of course you can prevent them from doing so.
It’s all about cookies.
Delete cookies before purchase
Immediately before you buy your flight tickets you should delete cookies on your computer.
You do this easily using, for example, the program CCleaner (short for Crap Cleaner).
Cookies are small text files your browser puts on your computer. It helps your browser to remember your internet history and saved usernames and passwords – and the airlines to find out if you have looked at your departure several times.
By deleting your cookies, you delete information about whether you may have looked at the ticket before or not.
Use incognito browser
As an alternative to deleting your cookies (because then all your saved usernames and passwords will be lost) you can use an incognito browser that ignores your saved cookies.
If you use Google Chrome, you can use the incognito browser by pressing:
Cmnd + Shit + n on Mac
Ctrl + Shift + N on Windows
The Incognito browser does not read or store cookies on your computer. Should you buy Christmas gifts for the boyfriend and want to be sure that the boyfriend does not see remarketing ads for what you have bought for him / her, it is also the incognito browser you need to get hold of.
Set up price agent to ensure cheap fares
If by the way you want to be sure to get the cheapest air tickets you can on several pages – billigeflybilletter.dk, skyscanner.dk and expedia.dk to name a few – set up a so-called”price agent”. The price agent will send you an email if the fare falls below the level you purchased your ticket for.
If you have bought your ticket with free cancellation, you can simply cancel the old ticket and buy the new one at a lower price.
Since the 1990s, airlines have operated “floating prices” to get their flights filled up at the best price. It will be used by you if you look at the same ticket several times before purchase.
But you take advantage of the system by paying attention to your cookies with CCleaner, the incognito browser and possibly a price agent.
Have a good trip!
Guide: How to avoid paying extra for your plane tickets
It is well known how airlines are doing what they can to optimize earnings on the individual traveler.This is due in particular to the fact that the internet has made the travel industry very transparent. It’s…
Written d. 5 jan 2016 – 1 Comment