A foreign tourist bought seats in business class on the booking website of one of the airlines cheaper than the economy and shared the instructions on how to do it. According to him, it is enough to change the language in the browser settings. The details were published by the British newspaper Mirror.
Most tourists dream of flying in business class or first class, but they buy economy tickets because they don’t want to overpay. However, an unusual observation made by British traveler Cameron Stewart, just “playing” with the browser settings, may help someone save money on a flight and get a seat in the coveted business class next time.
The man booked a luxury seat with the opportunity to sleep on the flight from Santiago (Chile) – Easter Island on the website of the South American LATAM (Airlines Group). “I played around with the LATAM (Airlines Group) website a few months ago and found that if I changed the language from English to Spanish, business class seats would be cheaper than economy class. I used Google Translate to book the tickets and here we are about to take a six-hour flight with a bed for less than economy class! Always check airline ticket sites in multiple languages to get the best deal … sometimes prices vary greatly depending on which language you book in,” shared the traveler’s discovery.
As the tourist noted, he had previously encountered a similar opinion but considered it a rumor that the websites of American airlines sometimes set different prices for tickets depending on the language of a particular tourist’s browser. As it turned out, air tickets are sold more expensively for English speakers.
The author of the article turned on a VPN to create the impression that he was in Chile at the time of purchasing the ticket, and changed the language of the browser. “I deleted all cookies from my browser and used private mode, so the site had no way of knowing that I was outside the country. “After I mastered the Spanish language and used Google Translate to fill in, I was able to book berths on LATAM’s brand new Boeing 787 for a flight to the most remote airport in the world, Easter Island,” he added.
Although the traveler claimed that the prices at which he bought the flights were cheaper, he admitted that the life hack does not always work. Airline prices rise and fall every day, change places – sometimes it works, sometimes it doesn’t,” said the Briton.
Yes, according to numerous posts on the Reddit forum, the advice is really valuable, you have to constantly monitor the prices and change the settings. “Once I saved $700 booking tickets to Peru using Spanish instead of English,” said one user.