It’s incredible how many people remain fairly ignorant about booking flights online in this day and age.
Booking websites and aviation companies will do anything to get your money. And to escape their persistent price-changing tactics, you have to know how to navigate around, over and under the radar.
Real-life example: I was booking a flight to Geneva last week.
I looked up flights on Wednesday, when we were booking my bf’s flight out of Moscow, so we could coordinate our departure time and airports. The cheapest flight to Geneva was $191 one-way, one-layover flight with Belavia (Belarus).
Great, I thought, I can do $191, that’s not bad at all!
I came back the next day to check again - now Kayak was positively claiming that the cheapest flight available (for the same time, route and company) would cost me $258. That’s a $67 price hike in less than 24 hours. I don’t make nearly enough in my freelance contracts to agree to that. Thanks, but no thanks.
Several things you can try if you find yourself in a similar situation:
- Open new search in an incognito window
- Open new search in a different browser
- If on Kayak or similar website, try changing the website’s country setting (I went back and forth between US, UK and Russia until I found the price I was cool with paying)
I ended up booking a ticket (for the same initial flight) for $188.
Note: that’s even a few bucks cheaper than the initial price I found. I also booked on Saturday evening (the best days to book and fly are Tuesday and Wednesday), and I booked one-way (return flights are cheaper).
Basically, be smart about how you book your flights and don’t let the corporations take advantage of you!