Prices vary depending on many factors, from the time of year, device you use to make your purchase to the location you’re browsing from. This is valid for airline ticketing companies, hotel booking websites, car rental services, streaming services, games and so on.
For instance, when it comes to airline tickets, time-wise, the biggest fares can be found when children are off school. Also, the more we look for tickets to a certain destination, the more will that price increase, as it will show growing interest on our behalf.
Bypass the price steering strategy used by e-commerce websites
E-commerce websites also use a technique called “price steering”. Thus, PC users will get a different price from those using iOS devices. For example, Travelocity offered an unadvertised $15 discount for people using Apple’s iOS operating system. The OS we use can be easily identified by webmasters via the fingerprints our browsers leave.
Furthermore, fares also vary depending on location. This can be easily checked if you activate CyberGhost VPN and go to a ticketing website such as skyscanner.net.
Upon looking for tickets from the UK to the US, we got a staggering difference of 91.44 GBP when we looked for tickets from Romania, with a local IP, vs. the UK, with an IP generated by CyberGhost.
Here is how we tested this – you can try for yourself after downloading CyberGhost for free:
- We simply typed www. skyscanner.net in our browser (we are from Romania) and looked for return tickets between the UK and the US. This is the top result that we got:
Using today’s exchange rate, this means 334.44 GBP.
- Then, we selected CyberGhost’s Choose My Server profile (from a PC), afterwards, we chose the UK and connected to a random local server:
- After getting confirmation from CyberGhost that an UK IP was assigned to the PC, we typed skyscanner.net again in our browser and chose the exact same locations and dates. This is the result we got:
So from 334.44 GBP in Romania, we went to 243 GBP in the UK. Again, wow! A difference of almost 100 GBP!
However, bear in mind that CyberGhost VPN is not only great at changing your IP. It also helps you make safe online payments, even on public WiFis, and makes sure no one tracks your digital behavior by rendering you anonymous online.
So, next time you buy an airline ticket, do it with CyberGhost. Have a look at the price index compiled by kiwi.com to decide on the virtual location with the best prices, select it from the CyberGhost list, if it is available, and… purchase away!