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Many Brits booking their holidays in the busy January window have found overall prices have gone up for some of their favourite destinations.
Now a blogger has found a way to save money on booking your own flights with a few simple and totally legal tricks.
Location and currency
The simple tip involves 'changing' your location and currency when you make a booking, and it is claimed that savings of up to 50% can be made on certain flight tickets.
Blogger Erica Ho says that travellers can save money by buying flight tickets in another country, and the good news is you can do that online.
The simplest way to use the tip is that you wait until you reach your initial foreign destination before buying connecting or internal flights. This is where the magic happens, particularly if you go on to book domestic connections.
One example cited was flying into Thailand and then buying a further flight between Bangkok and Kuala Lumpur.
Ms Ho explained in a blog post that it all revolves around where the point of sale takes place.
“Once I was in Bangkok, that same flight [I was looking at back home] that was once $300 would fall to $30 almost inexplicably. This phenomenon is because a ticket's point-of-sale – the place where a retail transaction is completed can affect the price of any flight with an international component,” she wrote.
Using local currency
However, it seems that you don't actually need to be in the country before buying the ticket.
"There's a simple trick for getting cheap tickets... getting the cost of the ticket in a local currency," Ms Ho explained.
She went on to use the example of how she looked at several flights between Bogota and Cartagena and "tricked" the computer into thinking she was buying them in Colombia by changing the location of her country to Colombia and selecting Pesos as the currency.
For those who prefer the simple life when it comes to getting a holiday bargain, Ms Ho did point out: “It doesn't always work, and sometimes the cheapest airfare will be the most straightforward one to find.”
If you're feeling adventurous this year, you can book your travel insurance in advance easily online without having to worry about changing you details.
Date Created: 20/01/2016