When it comes to airline ticket price comparison there may be a few handy things that can save you some money that you may not know about. The search engines that get that all done for you so quickly isn't without its catches.
Because internet technology is getting faster and better every day it seems flight comparison is easier than ever. But it is a good idea to remember that flight price comparison sites have bills to pay so they take their cut which bumps up the price. Many of your big name price comparison sites like Travelocity and Expedia seems to do more "cost bumping" than most than other search engines.
So it is a good idea to use a variety of flight search engines when you do comparison.
Because flight prices change on a daily basis in fact most people don't know it but they are a lot like stock prices they literally fluctuate rapidly - per hour or per minute so it's a good idea to be in the know.
One way is to set a price alert on your ticket. That way when airline ticket prices swing you'll get an alert and can lock in a good deal or avoid a bad one. Setting alerts even dispel rumors on travel "deals" or cycle times.
So for example there is a theory going around that says Tuesday is the cheapest day to fly. Setting an alert will let you know. (Heck it might even blow the whole theory that travelling on the weekends is the cheapest. if you were to find that Wednesday was the cheapest day.)
Another key for comparing airline prices is the way you search. Always search for for a single passenger. The reasoning is that not all search engines are the same and not all seats are priced the same. So if you search for two seats and they are priced differently, the booking agent will group both seats together at the highest price and that is the price you'll be quoted.
Buying an airline ticket really isn't any differrent than buying a diamond ring. When you buy one, you don't just go to the mall, plunk down some cash, point and say "I'll take that one." If you simply check prices on one price comparison site. Airline ticket comparison is something you should do on multiple sites. Some of the most widely known and used are:
Ever notice how when you are surfing the net and click an ad on something of interest, a sweater or hiking boots ,the next time you log in you get served up some ads on sweaters and hiking boots? Shear coincidence? No. Your search history is stored by Google and internet surfing history is stored in cookies on other sites you visit. That's how they serve up the ads you show interest in.
Cookie monsters are everywhere. They're also on the sites where you shop for "discount tickets", "cheap tickets", "budget tickets" etc.
So the more you surf and search the more the airlines know where and when you want to go. If they know then it has an effect on pricing. Economics 101. Supply and demand. There is a correlation between surfing and rising ticket prices.
So what do you do? Put the Cookie Monster on a diet. Not Paleo and not Atkins. When you surf for discount tickets, surf in "incognito" mode. Also called private browsing mode. It stops them from putting tracking cookies in your computer or hides your browsing / searching activity. This stops the artificial inflation of prices on your ticket because they don't know you are looking for a ticket.
Another tip is to book connecting flights if you have the time to burn in between flights as they are often cheaper. Search engines allow these search features so you can set up you search parameter by nonstop, 1 stop or 2 stops.
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