Australians love travelling overseas, with the Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS) advising that we take around 9.3 million overseas trips each year. But – could you potentially get a cheaper airfare – or cheaper car hire – by changing your virtual location? According to NordVPN, a VPN service provider, changing a virtual location can sometimes help save money.
1. Use a VPN
VPNs are services that provide you with an alternate gateway to access a website. When you use a VPN, your online booking requests are handled by a server located in some other country. This makes it appear that you’re making the request from another location. As a result, once you make a vacation website believe that you are situated in a place where the cost of tickets is lower, you will automatically see that cheaper price.
Some other tips to get a cheaper airfare include…
2. Flying on a less-popular day
Weekends are popular with tourists and certain times of day are popular with business travellers – so check what other proces are available on other dates.
3. Sign up for special deal emails
Many airlines send out weekly (or otherwise regular) emails to let their database know about any special deals on offer. Get yourself signed up for them.
4. Book far, far in advance
You can sometimes save by booking well in advance – you can test it by jumping online and comparing the airfares next week with their airfares next year.
5. Go somewhere else
Okay, it’s not always practical, but if your travel plans can be flexible, then keep an open mind about where you go. And by the way, here are some places not to travel.