Letter: Travel Tips

Dear Editor,

This past summer, some of my family did a lot of traveling. Through the process of purchasing multiple flights, we came across a couple of helpful tips for ordering plane tickets, and thought someone else might benefit, too.

First, if you have ever looked up a flight several times to check prices — or just to think about it — you might have noticed that the price jumped up. If you happened to check the same flight on someone else’s computer you may have noticed the price was back down to the original.

Flight prices do fluctuate, both up and down — which makes repeated price checking worth it — but something else may also be happening. According to the travel blog Thrifty Nomads, “based on the cookies in your browser, flight prices do increase when a particular route is repeatedly searched, as the site wants to scare you into booking the flight quickly before prices get even higher.”

Going incognito is the solution to fixing this problem and keeping your information from being tracked. In Google Chrome or Safari, you do this by hitting Command (or “Control” if using a PC), Shift, “N.”

For Mozilla Firefox or Internet Explorer, do the same but hit “P.” This enables private browsing and protection from the ever watchful eyes of info trackers.

Secondly, if you go to SkyScanner.com, you will consistently find nearly the cheapest flights to any place you want to go. This website goes through all the airlines and collects the cheapest flights available and then lists them under their respective destinations. And it’s free. Of course, even when you’re on SkyScanner, you’ll want to be browsing incognito.

These are just a few ways to help you fly economically. For more information, you can go to ThriftyNomads.com and find a wealth of fantastic info on ways to travel within your budget. Happy travels!

Anna Knapp
Bern/Seneca area


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