Use This Hack, And Never Overpay On Flights Again

The internet is filled with advice on how to get the cheapest flights... but this one simple trick trumps them all... 

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Flying can be expensive, and everybody wants to get the best deal possible. The internet is filled with advice about how and when and where to hack the airline system and get cheap deals on flights... but unless you take this one simple precaution, it may all be for nothing. 

So what do you have to do?

Clear your cookies.

No, not the chocolate chip ones. Your computer cookies. In technological terms, a cookie is "a small file or part of a file stored on a World Wide Web user's computer, created and subsequently read by a website server, and containing personal information (such as a user identification code, customized preferences, or a record of pages visited)". Thanks Merriam Webster.

In other words, your computers cookies retain information about everything you've been up to, including flights you've searched for.

Airline websites can use these cookies to remember what price you've seen previously and essentially stop you from seeing lower ones. Refreshing your browser won't help, and even searching in a private navigation tab isn't a sure bet.

To get a "fresh" look at the prices, as if you were looking at the first time, you need to clear your cookies.

Clear those cookies!

The good news is that it's easy. 

This is how to clear cookies on Chrome:
Click the menu button on your browser's toolbar — it looks like 3 short lines on the far right.
Click on "Settings."
Click "Show advanced settings."
Find the "Privacy" section, and click "Content settings."
Find the "Cookies" section, and click "Delete cookies."

If you're using Firefox, do this:
Click the menu button on your browser's toolbar — it looks like 3 short lines.
Click on "History.".
Click on "Clear recent history."
Set the time range to "Everything."
Click on the arrow next to "Details" to expand the list of history items and select "Cookies."
Click "Clear now" to clear the cookies and then close the the window.

If you're still using Internet Explorer, you have bigger problems than cookies, but here is how:

In Internet Explorer, select the Safety button, and then select Delete Browsing History.
Select the check box next to Cookies.
Select the Preserve Favorites website data check box if you don't want to delete the cookies associated with websites in your Favorites list.
Select Delete.

Done! Enjoy your cheap flights.

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