3. Fudge your location
Thanks to regional pricing, where a ticket is purchased — or its “point of sale” — can affect its price. International tickets are often cheaper in countries with lower standards of living, says Erica Ho of Map Happy, and booking from a “fake” location can significantly lower the price. The key is to convince the airline that you’re actually buying the ticket from the other country.
How does it work? According to Ho, it’s as simple as using the airline’s regional website (or masking your IP address to make it look like you live there) to buy your ticket in the foreign currency. So, let’s say you wanted to fly from Atlanta to Johannesburg, South Africa. All you’d do is log onto South African Air’s local site (.za, NOT .com) — or use a VPN to get a South African IP address — select the ATL-JNB flight you want, and buy it in Rand — preferably using a credit card that doesn’t charge foreign transaction fees.
There is one possible hang-up with the hack, which Ho claims has worked for her 80% of the time. Some fares are “resident-only” and can’t be used by a foreign national. Although she notes that once you have the ticket, rarely does anyone check. So… good luck.
4. Fly on Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Saturdays
Fridays and Sundays are the most popular days to fly; we know this. And nobody wants to fly on Tuesdays, Wednesdays, or Saturdays because it means sacrificing extra vacation days. Or having to pretend you’re still asleep on the couch while your buddy gets ready for work on Monday morning. But if you are willing to fly midweek, you can save money, as airlines can’t afford empty seats on flights and lower fares to encourage off-peak booking.