Money Saving Tip for Booking Travel

16 Feb


With the tight economy there aren’t as many people traveling out of the country for leisure. So when I decided I wanted to take a trip to Europe after graduating this year, I thought about how it was important to make a conscience effort to research things and make sure I save money any way I can. In doing so, I’ve been telling people about my trip and getting new ideas and tips on how to save some money. In turn, I’m sharing this money saving tip that made me happy when it saved me $140!

A lot of us shop around online for the best price when booking travel. Most of us want to make sure we are getting the best bang for our buck and why not try and see what options are out there if it’s available to us. So I got to talking with a colleague about my impending trip and she gave me a very interesting tip that became very valuable to me and ended up saving me some money I can use on actual vacation ventures.

My colleague told me websites cache your information when you visit their site and if you leave that site and go back shortly after they recognize your cached IP address and bump the prices up. This, I believe, was designed to create urgency to get people to book before the price goes up again. I thought this was pretty awful but remembered this conversation when I was ready to book my flight.

I was online with my credit card in hand ready to book (flight in cart) and the internet went down. After dealing with brief internet technicality I went back online to the same website and requested the same flight I had in my cart a few moments before. What do you know…the price went up by $70 per person! I remembered my colleague’s advice and closed my web browser and opened it back up and put “InPrivate Web Browsing” on so the website I visited couldn’t be tracked back to me, went back in and requested the same flight and the price went back down! I was in shock but was so glad I was given this useful tip. Here’s a “how to” on private web browsing and I’m hoping this money saving tip can put a smile on your face like it did mine when I saved $140.

How to save money booking travel:

  • If you are using Internet Explorer to book your travel, press Ctrl+Shift+P and there will be the words “InPrivate” next to the URL in the top left hand corner.
  • If you are using Google Chrome as your internet web browser, press Ctrl+Shift+N and it will pull up a “New Incognito Window”, which does not allow websites to track and store your IP address.

I invite you to apply this money saving tip next time you are booking travel, whether you’re booking a short weekend trip or a long vacation to Europe.

I’m interested in hearing any comments about this fascinating tip. Have you ever heard of this before? Has this ever saved you money?

Thank you for reading!

Photo Credit:–and-hackers-2012-2


5 Responses to “Money Saving Tip for Booking Travel”

  1. nicolelawley February 16, 2013 at 9:33 pm #

    I actually have heard this before! Also, I have heard something about using either a PC or MAC can make a difference too.. How do you turn on private browsing using Mozilla Firefox??

    • Lindsey Agrellas February 17, 2013 at 10:41 am #

      Hi Nicole – Thank you for your comment. In Mozilla Firefox you will have to press Ctrl+Shift+P and it will pull up a prompt confirming you want private web browsing.

      • nicolelawley February 17, 2013 at 12:12 pm #

        Perfect thank you!

  2. oink March 25, 2013 at 6:54 pm #

    tricky…. I also heard it is best to book on tuesday…. Have you heard this?

    • Lindsey Agrellas March 25, 2013 at 8:27 pm #

      Yes, I have heard of this before, but I’ve never actually tried it. I will have to check it out next time I’m booking a trip.

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