FACTOID: When buying airline tickets, certain days of the week offer cheaper fares than other days of the week. Readers of my blog should know this critical day is Tuesdays, after 3:00 p.m. (To read my post about the topic, click HERE) I based my commentary on travel-industry research, but just this week, I purchased an air ticket that provides further proof.
On Monday, I priced airfare for travel between NYC and Denver. The ticket price, however, seemed exceptionally high, so I waited until the following day, Tuesday at 3:00 p.m., to see if the price dropped. Sure enough, it did. By waiting one day to make my purchase, I saved a whopping $70.00!
I now have another tip for you. This tip, however, is RUMOR, and I have not substantiated it. (Feedback is most welcome!) Okay, here's the deal....
I generally use Travelocity to book my air tickets online. I use Travelocity because I believe they offer good prices but mostly because I trust them. I've used the site many times and have never had any problems. (Knock wood.) Although I haven't used the travel site Kayak, I trust it too. I saw it recommended in the travel section of the New York Times, and if it's good enough for Times travel writers, it's good enough for me. Really. But now, here's where the plot thickens....
I have an IT friend who's a high-end techie. Total tech nerd (which nowadays is a good thing!) She claims that sites like Travelocity and Kayak, where you can purchase airline tickets, or rent hotel rooms and cars, fail to provide all users, all the time, with the best deals. She claims they save their best deals for new users, to lure them into using their sites. If the first time a user buys from a site, the user gets a great deal, then he or she *assumes* the prices they find on subsequent visits are also the best. But that may not be true. And how do sites keep track of whether users are new or returning? Cookies, of course. So, according to my IT friend, if you want the very best deals when visiting online travel sites, you must delete cookies and clear your browser's cache before going to the site. It's that simple.
If this trick works for you, my dear Anglophile friends, just remember that you learned it here first, on Anglophiles United! (And if it doesn't work, then I would just like to quote the beloved Gilda Radner of Saturday Night Live fame, and say, "Never mind!")
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