Have you ever heard that using your browser’s ‘incognito’ mode could save you on air fare costs? Well, there’s more to it than that.
As it turns out, reports Travel + Leisure, this seemingly ingenious trick doesn’t actually do a thing!
The thinking behind the incognito trick is as follows: if the airline/website can see which flights you’re booking, they can adjust prices accordingly.
Pretty solid logic, but not true!
Air fare prices change faster than Cape Town’s weather, and yet, nobody seems to know why.
Speaking to T + L, CheapAir.com CEO Jeff Klee says that it’s “absolutely not a real trick”.
“I've never seen anyone provide an example where there are two different fares in incognito,” he says. “The one thing that is not a factor is any sort of search history. It wouldn't be possible or practical.”
In reality, he adds, fares change in response to actual bookings. The price depends on how many seats are available.
His advice for budget-conscious travelers is to book far in advance, and to jump on a cheap fare as soon one sees it.