In today’s age of technology, we are booking flights and flying across the county at increasing rates. With the summer in full season, ticket prices will also be increasing. However, there are still a few tricks to try to get the cheapest tickets available by flying at certain times or on certain days. You can read my post Best Time to Book Airline Tickets. However there is another trick that a lot of people may not know, and it’s pretty simple. It’s called clearing your cookies. Not we aren’t talking about cleaning cookies off your keyboard, lol, we are talking about clearing the history in your browser.
Airlines are sneaky and use what is called Dynamic Pricing. This simply means that prices go up based on demand. Thus refreshing your browser window a million times a minute will not make a flight cheaper and could use your search history against you. Pretty sneaky of them huh? It makes it look like there is more demand for a flight so they up the prices to keep up with the “demand.” It’s not like regular supply and demand is bad enough 🙁 I will do anything I can to help even the odds, lol.
While planning a trip to Europe a few years ago I was doing some searching and found that prices jumped increased at least $10-$15 in about 30 minutes. Sometimes it was even more drastic depending on which airlines I was searching for. Sometimes prices the prices may go back down after clearing cookies, but more often than not, they just stayed the same. At least they didn’t go up, but I still don’t want to pay more for the same flight.
It seems like a silly thing to do to save money, but I am definitely willing to take a few minutes and clear my cookies before starting a search. Like I said before, why not get the cheapest price available? I enjoy working with computers, but I know some people don’t, so clearing cookies might not be something they know how to do or might seem intimidating. However, it is pretty easy. Here are the directions below for clearing your cookies on Internet Explorer, Firefox, and Chrome.
- On your browser select Tools then Internet Options.
- Click on the General tab and then the Delete… button.
- Make sure to uncheck Preserve Favorites website data and check both Temporary Internet Files and Cookies then click Delete.
- On your browser toolbar, then More .
- Point to More tools, and then click Clear browsing data.
- In the “Clear browsing data” box, click the checkboxes for Cookies and other sites and plugin data, and Cached images and files.
- Use the menu at the top to select the amount of data that you want to delete. Choose the beginning of time option to delete everything.
- Click Clear browsing data.
- On your browser toolbar, click More, then Tools
- Click on “Clear recent history.”
- Set the time range to “Everything.”
- Click on the arrow next to “Details” to expand the list of history items and select “Cookies.”
- Click “Clear now” to clear the cookies and then close the window.
Hope this post helps you save a little bit of money on your next trip or vacation. I don’t like the way they work, but sadly that is the way it is today and I don’t see it changing anytime soon. Just make sure to clear your cookies before and during searches, and you should hopefully get the best possible price out there. Happy travels.
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11 thoughts on “Browser Cookies – Save Money on Flights by Clearing Browser Cookies”
This was extremely helpful. Definitely trying this out next time we book a flight.
Thank you for the comment Gina. Hope it helps you on your next online airline ticket purchase.
One thing that I frequently will do is open a browser in Incognito Mode, or Private mode. This avoids looking at cookies and past browser history.
Thanks for the information.
Hi Paul, thank you for the message. Yes Incognito Mode would also work well. My husband uses it all of the time, and I guess I should too, lol. Thank you again for the comment and suggestion.
This is very helpful information. I always forget how to delete cookies on the computer, and wind up googling how to do it every time. I’m looking forward to booking airfare for my next trip, using the steps you shared here. Thank you.
HI Marc, you are very welcome. Thank you for stopping by and leaving a msg. Happy travels on your next adventure!
This is so interesting. I never would have thought of this happening — but that’s big data for you. What about if you use a service like Expedia or Priceline? Does it happen there too?
Angie, it is sad the things companies do to make an extra buck 🙁 But like you said, it’s big data. I am not sure about Expedia or Priceline, but I wouldn’t be surprised if they did it too. Good luck on your future trips. Happy travels.
Wow what helpful information! Thanks for the instructions for the different browsers!
You are very welcome Martha. Hope they help on future trips. Happy travels.