The 12 hacks by Sophie may not apply to you especially if you do not happen to be in the US or American, but some of them are applicable to everyone :
- Flying on days less desired & and “off-peak” hours
- Clear your cookies and browse history
- Fly two separate airlines on one-way
Of the 12 hacks, the one on booking 47 days ahead probably does not really apply? The use of statistics across so many destination pairs means it cannot effectively predict any single pairing with accuracy. Take the stats with a big pinch of salt. Perhaps, if combined with booking on price in criteria rather than destination. Which means you will be flying to a destination on impulse. Hope that its on the bucket list.
And fudging locations can be tricky. Most airlines seem to have found a way to circumvent this with rules around having to depart from the point of purchase. Also, since you key in your country of residency, it is potentially a felony to mis-declare you are resident in South Africa for example.
Booking an impossible connection these days are circumvented on most booking systems with ample warnings and disclaimers given to passengers. If you can think about this loop hole, the airlines can too…
Just so that you know, Singapore airline already implemented penalties since years back on passengers who tried “hidden city” ticketing. We found that it is frequently cheaper to buy an SQ ticket from Australia to Europe with the transit in Changi. Well, we cannot just do that and board in Singapore for the Europe bound sector. Perhaps if one does not have luggage. Perhaps.
The second point above on clearing your browser cookies and cache is an important one. As someone who frequently cash in the flyer miles, I have noticed that if you search up on certain sectors and come back to it later, it frequently become unavailable. I always get the feeling I am being “channelled” to redeem at a higher tier rate.
It is true in the past that buying one-way tickets were extremely prohibitive. Today the option of booking one-way is just one of the selections you make, along with the date/seat/meal preferences. And if you are the kind that make bookings at the 11th hour, It can be a real saviour to buy one-way tickets from different airlines.
The one thing about many folks these days, is the penchant for instant gratification. So it comes as no surprise that the same demands are made on air travel. Bookings and changes made right to the last moments. Notwithstanding emergencies. Whatever happened to good old fashion plan ahead and stick with it? Is that approach considered archaic?