Dave Dean is the owner of a travel blog called “Too Many Adapters”. He stated that incognito browsing can be useful if a person looks for the same flight for several hours or days. He also stated that prices have a tendency to increase when people check the website in non-private mode. He also noticed that the prices remained the same when they are checked in non-private mode over the course of a few days.
Professionals tested this theory by looking for an international flight and domestic flight. They searched for flights several times a day and used both incognito and regular browsers. One of the flights was going from New York City to Paris, France. It departed from John F Kennedy Airport and was going to Charles De Gaulle Airport.
The other flight was going from Los Angeles to Atlanta. It departed from Los Angeles Inernational and went to Hartsfield-Jacksonville International. All of the flights were for one passenger and one-way. The professionals booked the flights four months out using Kayak and Expedia. They reached out to Expedia and Kayak and asked them to comment on the effects of incognito and non-private browsing had on the ticket prices.
Expedia stated that they could not comment on the issue. Kayak did not return the request for a comment. The professionals found that whether one browsed with incognito or regular browsing had little effect on the pricing. There were price changes on different days, but the change was $5 or less.
They concluded that it is a myth that incognito browsing will help you save money on your ticket prices. However, you may be able to save money if you book at certain times. Chris Gulliebeau is a business and travel writer for a blog called “The Art of Non-Conformity”. He stated that incognito browsing will typically only help you save money when there is a pricing mistake.
The price may be lower for a few hours. However, Chris stated that browsing incognito just to say money is not worth it 99 percent. There is no need for you to delete your cookies and browse incognito. Scott MacKenzie, who is an editor and author for a website called “TravelCodex”, stated that there are benefits that come along with using cookies.
You may actually hurt your chances of saving money if you try to hide your browsing data. Booking sites can use your information to offer you discounts on flights. That is why online booking agencies will likely give you a good deal in order to encourage you to book a flight with them today.