With a lot of overseas travel, the biggest financial hurdle to jump over is the airfare. Most of the time, flying can be more than 50% of the what the entire trip will cost. Excluding countries like the U.K., Switzerland, Australia, and Sweden, the typical issue is just getting to your destination. Once you're there, you're gravy.
What if I told you I knew a trick for getting dirt cheap flights to anywhere in the world?
What if I told you that I've actually used this trick to knock a $1,500 flight from Thailand to Amsterdam down to $345?
While backpacking through Europe, a friend I made showed me how to pull this off. She'd been doing it for years, and it is by far one of the most useful travel hacks I've ever learned.
To pull off this sorcery, you'll need to be using Google Chrome for your internet browser. Follow these instructions, and you're on your way to the cheapest flights possible:
- Click on File and open 'New Incognito Window'
- Go to http://www.skyscanner.com
- Select 'One Way'
- Click 'Depart'
- Click 'Whole Month' and select the month you'd like to fly
- To find the cheapest ticket home, repeat this process with the departure and arrival points flipped.
Once you've completed these steps, you can view an entire month of ticket fares, bypassing individual airlines' dynamic price gouging. Google Chrome's Incognito Mode disables your computer from saving cookies, which prevents airlines from getting your personal information when you browse their websites.
If an airline sees that you live in a city like San Francisco or New York City, your rates go up. You live in one of the most expensive cities in the world, so they assume you can afford it. And if you're viewing their website from a Mac, then you can afford the most overpriced computer in the world, so the price jumps again. Andddd if you're unsure about a flight, and decide to hit refresh to see if the price has gone down, they'll bump it up further to scare you into urgency.
The way I see it, not only am I helping you travel, WE are helping the airline companies get more business by filling those darn empty seats.