Nowadays, most of our traveling needs, including airline tickets, hotels, and even car rentals, are done via the Internet. It is convenient, easy, and fast, not to mention it saves us the hustle of actually calling or going somewhere. It is also supposed to be cheaper, but that is not always the case.
Luckily, not all services use these underhand tactics. That doesn’t mean that their prices don’t fluctuate, they just do it for different reasons. Buying an airline ticket form the United States can be considerably more expensive than doing it from, say, Canada or France. The sites use our IP address to determine our location and adjust the price accordingly.
The price difference depends mostly on the exchange rates, but it can be substantial enough to warrant measures taken to use it in your favor. One of the ways you can save money with VPN is choosing an IP address of a country that has lower prices than your current location. This will require some experimenting, as the rules behind these price fluctuations aren’t always clear and the only way to be sure is to try several servers, effectively changing your country of origin, and manually compare the figures.
If you are unsure how VPN works, there are plenty of handy guides readily available on the Internet that will get you up to speed in no time.
Airline tickets aren’t the only things on which you can save money with VPN. Car rentals also have noticeable price fluctuations that can be exploited. We will use the EuropCar site to demonstrate just how much. The prices for the same model are $166 if your IP address is from Japan, $144 for the UK one and finally, the USA IP will get you an offer of $100 for the same time duration.
VPN can also allow you to access various sites that are regionally locked, like Netflix or Hulu, granting you the possibility to watch your favorite shows without the hustle of torrenting them. They can help even with torrenting, hiding your address from the authorities.
In order to make VPN work to your advantage, there are several rules that you should follow. Make sure that you always clear your browser cache and cookies before connecting to VPN. Browse around and check the prices, then disconnect. Clear the cookies again and connect to a different country server and compare the prices. Rinse and repeat as many times as you wish, until you are satisfied and you get the best price on the market.