Airplane tickets are incredibly costly, and for the average Joe or Joanna, traveling may feel like it’s impossible with these outrageous prices. What if I told you there was an easy, legal solution to fly for cheap? I know it sounds dreamy and unlikely, but just hear me out. You can save money by purchasing flight tickets through a foreign Expedia website.
 
1. Go to a foreign Expedia website.
2. Change website’s language to English in top right hand corner.
3. Enter travel information and dates.
4. Use a currency converter to see what the price is in Canadian dollars.
5. Compare prices with other Expedia websites.

 

Example 1:

I’ve selected an international trip from Montreal, Canada to Bangkok, Thailand for April 1st.

This was the cheapest flight ticket shown from Expedia Canada:

Expedia Canada - MTL to Bangkok

This was the cheapest flight ticket shown from Expedia Japan:

Expedia Japan - MTL to Bangkok

– ¥ 71,260 is currently $830.24 CAD.

– Not only is the flight over $100 cheaper, but also a 10 hour shorter voyage.

 

Example 2:

I’ve selected a domestic trip from Sydney, Australia to Brisbane, Australia for June 1st.

This was the cheapest flight ticket shown from Expedia Canada:

Expedia Canada - Australia

This was the cheapest flight ticket shown from Expedia Malaysia:

Expedia Malaysia - Australia

– RM208.61 is currently $67.20 CAD.

– Both offer you a direct flight of 1 hour and 30 minutes, however, the Malaysian Expedia website saves you $13.65. It may not seem like much, but if you’re on a limited budget or travel often, it surely adds up.

 

If you’re wondering if this is legalit is.

The only reason flight costs vary country to country is because airline companies use different pricing for different geographic locations and travel agents. Now, if you’re still unsure (as I was in the beginning), I contacted Air Canada support to find out if purchasing cheaper tickets online through another country was permissible, and if there was any clause against the method of using a VPN to bargain for cheaper flights. Here was the response I received:

Cheap Flights Conversation

In regards to her response:

The Air Canada representative is absolutely right, you can get redirected to the Canadian version upon input of your address and your credit card company may charge you for conversion fees. But, it’s never happened to me, and it doesn’t need to happen to you either. The next chunk will detail the easy tricks to making your way around these obstacles.

 

Here’s how.

Step 1: Conversion fees.

All you need to do is sign up for a credit card without a foreign transaction fee. If you’re located in Canada, the Rogers Platinum MasterCard is a great option. This way you won’t have any surprise currency conversion fees and you pay for the amount you saw on the website.

Step 2: VPN.

Connect to a VPN service and connect to the server of the country you’re purchasing from (Expedia Japan, Malaysia, Brazil, etc). This will make it seem as though your computer is geographically located in that area. All you need to do is simply Google “VPN” and take your pick.

What the heck is a VPN?

VPN stands for Virtual Private Network and is an excellent tool for anybody and everybody to have. It provides added security and privacy to both private and public networks such as your WiFi Hotspots and Internet. VPNs are commonly used with corporations who are seeking to secure their sensitive data. But even if you’re not a corporation, you should secure your personal data from the world as well!

Step 3: Private/Incognito mode.

Set your browser to private/incognito mode to disable your cookies—This way if you’ve previously visited the website, they didn’t pick up on your past searches. This mode can be found in the menu of your internet browser.

 

And voilà!

Now all you need to do is book your flight and get to packing!

 

 

 

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9 thoughts on “Cheap Flight Tickets: The Trick You’ve Never Heard Of

  1. This is amazing! Thank you so much for sharing!

    Posted on March 17, 2016 at 10:12 PM
    1. Thanks for reading!

      Posted on March 18, 2016 at 4:15 PM
  2. This is so awesome! So clever!! Who would’ve thought?? Thanks for sharing, Nia 🙂

    Posted on March 20, 2016 at 8:37 PM
  3. My family and I are in the process of booking flights to New Zealand and Australia but the ones we’re finding are atrociously overpriced (almost twice the amount they were when my parents originally went a few years ago). I’m definitely going to try this method out. Anything that frees up a bit more spending money is good with me.

    Posted on April 25, 2016 at 3:28 PM
    1. Hey Mel! Absolutely! Let me know how it goes if you try this out. Thanks for reading doll! xo

      Posted on April 25, 2016 at 3:39 PM
  4. Hi This is so amazing… Thank-you for sharing this idea !!!

    Posted on May 9, 2016 at 11:59 PM
  5. Great article! Thanks!

    Posted on May 27, 2016 at 5:20 PM
  6. Amazing! My husband and I are going to book tickets from Italy to Australia which are very pricey on every booking site I’ve visited so far. I’m going to try this trick at once! And I’ll share it on FB with my friends…

    Posted on June 21, 2016 at 8:38 AM
  7. Absolutely fantastic! Thank you so much for the very unique tips 🙂

    Posted on August 7, 2016 at 1:35 AM