How to Save Money on Airfares Using A VPN

HOW TO SAVE MONEY ON AIR-FARE USING A VPN

TRAVELLING WITHOUT THE HIGH COSTS MEANS A BIT MORE WORK SOURCING DEALS BUT WORTH THE EFFORT.

 

We often do a lot of traveling, whether it is for business ventures or vacations. In fact, we’re heading to the UK next month for the first time since I moved to Canada 10 years ago. Travelling to Europe isn’t as cheap as it was when I lived there. I was able to score some great deals and travelled to many countries for cheap and vacationed like a king on a budget.

In today’s technologically advanced world, we can hardly spend time away from our digital gadgets. We need to check our Facebook accounts, watch the trending videos and keep our friends updated about our whereabouts — even when we are traveling. But in doing so, we often risk our online security. Especially when we use the public or semi-public Wi-Fi at the airports, train stations, cafes, and hotels.

Related: How I budgeted my travel expenses for work and for play

Anybody using the same network can track your activities and fetch the information (usernames, passwords, credit card numbers, etc.) you send over the Internet connection. However, a VPN can be your savior. Another instance where a VPN can be extremely helpful is while booking flight tickets. It helps you get the best deals. How? Let’s find out.

Typically, travel companies track users’ location and offer the prices accordingly. Therefore, a user from a high income country will see a higher price while a user from a low income country will see a lower price for the same ticket.

However, you can overcome this discrepancy. I’ll tell you how, but first, you need to know how travel companies track your location.

 

Online travel tracking

 

Here’s how the travel companies track our online location and ticket-buying behavior:

  • IP Address: The Internet Protocol (IP) address is the unique identification or address on the World Wide Web that helps websites track your location. Every country has a different IP address.
  • Wi-Fi: The websites can also track your location, if you are using a Wi-Fi connection. However, some kind of permissions might be required.
  • Cookies: Cookies are used to personalize your browsing experience. Cookies track and store information about your online activities and the websites use it later to decide what to offer. Travel sites also use cookies to track browsing activities and the moment they see someone searching for the same query multiple times, they raise the price immediately.
  • GPS: People now use their smartphone or tablets frequently to book online tickets. The travel websites use the device’s GPS to find out your location and set the price accordingly.
  • Geo-Location Coding: HTML5 is an advanced coding language that enables websites to track your location very easily.

 

What is a VPN?

 

For beginners, you can get started with this guide to learn what is a VPN. VPN or virtual private network allows people to connect to the Internet via a server run by the VPN provider.

It is a method to add an extra layer of security and privacy to the private and public networks. A VPN encrypts the data and information that is transferred across the Internet, so hackers are not able to track or steal any data or information that is shared across the Internet.

VPN also reduces the chances of online identity theft. Plus, a VPN can also be used also change the IP address to a different location.

Now, let’s discuss some hacks to get the lowest airfares using a VPN.

  1. Choose IP Address from a Different Country

The airfare fluctuates depending upon the country from where you are booking the tickets. For instance, the ticket prices may be higher for the US, whereas the price for the same ticket may be lower if you book it from say, Singapore. The trick is to change the IP to a country with lower incomes.

Here is how you can change the location to a different country of your choice:

  • Turn on the VPN client on whichever device you are using to book the tickets.
  • Visit the desired travel website and search for the flight tickets you are looking for.
  • Choose the desired location from the choices offered by the VPN client
  • Revisit the website and search again

You can try a number of regions to find out the best deals.

  1. Change IP Address to Reset the Prices

The prices go up when you search for the same flight tickets from the same location (read same IP address) again and again. Change the IP address and the websites will not be able to identify you. You can choose a different IP address within your own country as well. Visit the website again and check the prices again. There are high chances you will see a drop in the price.

  1. Disable Cookies

You may have visited websites which flash a message “This site uses cookies…” like this:

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Well, the purpose of using cookies is to track your browsing behaviors and personalize the browsing experience, as mentioned above. Hence, by turning off/disabling or clearing the cookies, you can prevent the travel websites from tracking any information. But remember, this must be done before you connect to the VPN and start searching for the flight tickets.

Related: 10 Ideas to Save Money on Travel

You may consider checking the alternative versions (such as example.com, example.ca or example.co.uk or example.fr, etc.) of the travel websites to see if the prices are lower. But there high are chances that you will be redirected to the local website and will be offered with the same prices. Hence, if you want to get lower prices using a VPN is a great solution.

 

Is it Legal to Use VPN to Save Money on Ticket Prices?

 

If you worried about using a VPN to get lower the airfares, don’t bother yourself. It is absolutely legal to use VPNs while booking flight tickets. For most travel companies, the contract of carriage does not have anything against using a VPN.

You can safely book tickets on Kayak, Expedia, Travelocity and other travel websites using a VPN. You can also consider booking tickets directly from the airline website while using a VPN and you’ll never get into any legal issues.

Conclusion

So, if you’ve been postponing that much-needed holiday due to high airfares, you don’t have to worry anymore! With the help of a VPN, you can save considerably on flight tickets.

Simply book the tickets to your desired destination and start packing your bags today. Only remember to turn on the VPN while searching for the flight tickets.

Get the best deals on flight tickets and make the most of your holidays. Enjoy!

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Mr. CBB was born and raised in the United Kingdom who then moved to Canada where he is a permanent resident. He recently became a father to a very busy toddler who allows him to be a kid at heart. He bought his first house at the age of 21 after University and his second at the age of 24. Both Mr.CBB and his wife are Debt and Mortgage Free and they did it all in under 5 years using a Budget. Canadian Budget Binder is a place where he shares their financial experiences with his readers and hopes to learn about theirs. Welcome to CBB!
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