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Travel Tip Tuesday: Use This Trick to Avoid Getting Overcharged By Travel Sites

(Photo Credit: GSCSNJ)

(Photo Credit: GSCSNJ)

Today’s travel tip comes from Trish who blogs at FrenchKissedPostcards:

Anyone who has priced a trip repeatedly, back to back online, will likely have experienced the “your price has gone up since your initial search” message.  We’ve experienced this a couple of times and the price jump wasn’t just $20-$30 – it was several hundred!  These sites follow your attempts at booking and depending on how close you are to actually hitting the “pay” button, the price will vary.  To get around this, we browse travel websites using Google Chrome’s “incognito” feature.  By going “incognito”, the site won’t track your browsing history so the prices won’t fluctuate based on it.

Don’t use Google Chrome?  Don’t worry! All browsers actually have an incognito or private mode.  If you don’t know how to set up your browser for private browsing, you can find instructions here.

Help me keep this series going!  If you have any travel tips, please email me at diana@justwanderlustblog.com and your tip may end up in a future post!

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Trishia Jacobs - October 28, 2014 - 2:02 pm

Another FYI: the hubby had an ‘interesting’ chat with a travel rep on Expedia, asking why their prices were almost always $200 more than Orbitz. She assured him that they guaranteed their lowest prices and would match any other offer. All you had to do was fill out the refund request. As if that’s all customers want: more paperwork and hassel to get the best price:) The chat didn’t go far. But the point is: it really does pay to shop around and compare.

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