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We received quite a number of inquiries about our recent post on airfare discounts through Twitter. VPN users are asking if and how they can get better airfare quotes using other sites like Kayak. We also did an article on VPNs and pricing prejudice. But here we have some information for you on how you can use a Kayak VPN to check airfares specifically and get the best deal.
Use a Kayak VPN to Check Airfares
Quite a few of the users were right on track. They commented that they had experienced getting different quotes depending on what countries or cities they were connected to. They wanted to know which areas exactly gave the best prices. Then a debate arose when they found that there did not seem to be a pattern. This can be frustrating for users because it means that they have to check each country every time they want to book a flight.
But the pattern is there. Many airfares will be higher when you book from the city that you are in. The websites that you use to check airfares read your IP address. They know where you are connecting from and give higher quotes. Yes, this is a form of pricing prejudice. And no, you shouldn’t have to pay more than out of towners. And you don’t have to if you use your Kayak VPN. The trick is to connect to a few locations outside your city and compare prices.
We did and experiment on US flights from Kayak together with the users who commented. We checked the quotes and found that you will normally see a price difference of 50-100 US dollars depending on where you are booking from. Prices will still vary depending on the date and where the Kayak VPN server you connect to is located. So you do still have to shop around a bit. And depending on how much time you have, you could save a few more bucks.
Using a Kayak VPN with a Private Browser
One user commented that using Google’s Incognito mode helped. Using a private browser can give you additional protection against cookies and other tracking tools that log your IP address. If the website you are on notices that your browser is sending queries from different locations, this could mess up your search. Private browsing helps ensure that your activities are not detected. So try it out and see how much you can save on your flights with a Kayak VPN and private browsing.