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United and different prices when logged in

Discussion in 'Getting There & Getting Around' started by SH0CK, Jul 10, 2016.

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  1. SH0CK

    SH0CK Stylin' and Profilin' Quasi Tech Admin

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    I wouldn't believe it unless I saw it for myself, but I've been searching for airfare for a few days using Google Chrome to check prices. I go in today, login, and It shows me one way flights starting at $219 instead of $206. as it did before. Well that stinks, I waited too long to book...

    Until I came back later in the day and used MS Edge to check and I get the previous prices without logging into my MileagePlus account. "OK, they lowered them back, great!" Until I open Chrome and do the search while logged into my account again. Still showing the larger price.

    Google Chrome while logged in:
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    Microsoft Edge not logged in:
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    Sneaky... Very sneaky.
     
  2. nostresshere

    nostresshere Mr. Anti Debit Card

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    FYI - just because a search shows a price does not mean it will be there when you go all the way to the booking page.

    Also, even if everything is 100% on the up and up, a low fare can disappear and show again 20 minutes later. Available price buckets move around based on actual sales.
     
  3. chitownjohn

    chitownjohn High-Roller

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    It's not proven but I have heard that search engines can vary pricing algorithms based on browser history. Try clearing your browser history and cookies to see if you get a different outcome. And/or try the search on a tablet or smartphone to see if the results vary.
     
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  4. Patman

    Patman Low-Roller

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    As your Microsoft Edge wasn't logged on, it probably pulled up an old page out of your cache from the last time it was connected.
     
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  5. dmr

    dmr Registered Abuser

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    The other day I spent a few minutes between pricing the flight and committing to book it. The price went up! Only by a few $$$ but still. Air fare pricing is very much dependent on time, place, and circumstance!
     
  6. GamblingGolfer

    GamblingGolfer Low-Roller

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    Yes, as Chitownjohn says, you should should always search "In Private" (or whatever browsers call their 'secret' section), or clear your history, or use a different computer.

    Alternatively, sign up for Skyscanner's "alert" for a specific flight/date.

    GG.
     
  7. chitownjohn

    chitownjohn High-Roller

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    Even though I said it, I'm not convinced it's true. Is it really proven to be true or urban myth?
     
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