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Chaddy
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Are airlines tracking YOU?

Post by Chaddy » Fri Aug 16, 2019 10:04 am

Hotly disputed yesterday ( in the local watering hole of course ) was whether airlines started to track you once you started to make enquiries on line about a certain flight you where interested in..One guy ( he had only consumed two beers ) said he had expierianced this many times,each time he went back to the airline sight the price went up for that particular flight:shock:
One customer ( again only had two or three down him ) said he new of someone who got a price online after a few enquiries then went to his mates in another village and allways got the flight cheaper as it was a different computer.
Around half of us said this is a myth and in any way would be illegal.
And YOUR view ( even after having had a few ) :?

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Re: Are airlines tracking YOU?

Post by Austin7 » Fri Aug 16, 2019 10:11 am

Same as my daughter's experience. She now searches for best prices and books on a different search engine. Heard about this many times before.

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Post by galexinda » Fri Aug 16, 2019 10:22 am

No idea about airlines, but certainly some websites for accommodation do. I read years ago that it was a good idea to clear all cookies at the end of each browsing session (in fact I clear history each time I log out from the browser) and found that works.

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Post by Princebytor » Fri Aug 16, 2019 10:55 am

We use Easyjet and they do track enquiries but I have never felt that they were charging me more, the main impact is from their dynamic pricing model. If you want to check a price, check it normally and then go 'incognito' on Google which doesn't record your browser history and see if there is a difference.

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Re: Are airlines tracking YOU?

Post by Cherry345 » Fri Aug 16, 2019 11:34 am

Yes we found it odd last year that everytime we looked at flights the price went up, so now we change search engines to get the best price, it is good that people are starting to recognize what the airlines are doing and are catching on.

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Post by Jim B » Fri Aug 16, 2019 11:37 am

I usually do a flight search on one computer and book the one I want on another. As said the Cookies track your searches so if you use another computer to book there's no tracking history.
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Post by WHL » Fri Aug 16, 2019 11:43 am

100% this happens,I noticed this years ago, so I get my wife to do the search, then we book on another computer, another little thing ive noticed, the last few times ive booked with Wizz, just while im putting my card details in, it crushes, so I go through the process again, only to find its on average another twenty euros more, coincidence, I dont think so.

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Post by Dominic » Fri Aug 16, 2019 12:09 pm

Definitely does happen. If you want to be extra safe reboot your router before taking the final plunge as well. You will have a different IP address then.
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Post by The Aquila » Fri Aug 16, 2019 6:56 pm

Dominic wrote:
Fri Aug 16, 2019 12:09 pm
Definitely does happen. If you want to be extra safe reboot your router before taking the final plunge as well. You will have a different IP address then.
Unless you have a static IP address ?

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Re: Are airlines tracking YOU?

Post by PhotoLady » Fri Aug 16, 2019 8:33 pm

Use different browsers, especially once you've found a price you like and you need to go back later to book it!
And make sure never to be logged into your Google or Gmail account or any kind of account that knows who you are when you're searching.
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Post by Lofos-5 » Fri Aug 16, 2019 9:46 pm

I normally search with VPN on and then switch it off or chose different country as point of entry.

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Post by PhotoLady » Sat Aug 17, 2019 12:46 am

Yep, a great way to beat the nosy gits!
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Re: Are airlines tracking YOU?

Post by mike strand2 » Sun Aug 18, 2019 11:06 am

Most websites are tracking you all the time unless you take the trouble (& difficulty) to opt out via their privacy notice.

Checked with Skyscanner return flight to Tallin in Estonia Direct over Xmas. Price showed €120 with Ryanair. On the Ryanair website the basic was priced €75

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Post by Happy in Cyprus » Sun Aug 18, 2019 12:48 pm

mike strand2 wrote:
Sun Aug 18, 2019 11:06 am
Checked with Skyscanner return flight to Tallin in Estonia Direct over Xmas. Price showed €120 with Ryanair. On the Ryanair website the basic was priced €75

That was the point I made earlier Mike. I am not convinced that airline websites offer any advantage over the airline's own website. I mean, how can they...they're not privy to some super whopping discount. With hotels, the comparison websites do work though imo

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Post by PhotoLady » Sun Aug 18, 2019 2:37 pm

I always check prices directly with the airline before using an alternative option.
As an avid independent travel booker finding the best bargains for flights and accommodation booked separately from each other since leaving my tour operator employer in 2004 and all of our time living in Cyprus, it's very weird coming back to UK and finding the cheapest option to book now is a package deal.

I booked for next year fairly recently for 2 people a package deal of 11 nights All Inclusive including flights, accommodation, bags and transfers for 2 people at a total cost of just under £800.
The flights alone came to almost the same price if I tried to book them separately and the hotel was same price again!
So sometimes, it's also worth looking at the tour operator packages. The same happened for our holidays to Malta, Benidorm and Egypt from UK.
Earlier this year we booked independent flights and various accommodation for 11 nights in Marrakech and Essaouira and paid the same price as our upcoming holiday. A different combination as we were travelling between different places and types of accommodations. Friends who travelled a few days before us booked an all inclusive package in the outer Marrakech area for 7nts also paid £800 total cost. So, same as us with everything combined.
It all seems totally alien to me!
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