Searching websites for low fares

By Mike Loebach
This item appears on page 15 of the February 2016 issue.
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When you check airlines’ websites for airfares, most websites put a “cookie” on your computer. Each website uses the cookie to track your habits on subsequent visits.

I have found that I’m shown the best airfares when I visit the site without a previous cookie or without providing my frequent-flyer number, which can be added upon making a purchase. So after I do a search, I delete the cookie. 

Also, on Expedia.com or similar sites, I double-check the fare against those of all airlines flying between the same destinations. I’ve had some pleasant surprises over the last several years.

Recently, on American Airlines’ website, I used my frequent-flyer number to log in to my account and then did a search but didn’t book a ticket. About 36 hours later, I received an email announcing new lower fares on the same route and days. Coincidence?Absolutely not!

MIKE LOEBACH

Sugar Grove, IL

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When you check airlines’ websites for airfares, most websites put a “cookie” on your computer. Each website uses the cookie to track your habits on subsequent visits.

I have found that I’m shown the best airfares when I visit the site without a previous cookie or without providing my frequent-flyer number, which can be added upon making a purchase. So after I do a search, I delete the cookie. 

Also, on Expedia.com or similar sites, I double-check the fare against those of all airlines flying between the same destinations. I’ve had some pleasant surprises over the last several years.

Recently, on American Airlines’ website, I used my frequent-flyer number to log in to my account and then did a search but didn’t book a ticket. About 36 hours later, I received an email announcing new lower fares on the same route and days. Coincidence?Absolutely not!

MIKE LOEBACH

Sugar Grove, IL