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Last month, I wrote about saving money on paid tickets by using a “fake location.” The idea is that airlines charge different amounts for the same ticket depending on where you’re from or where you say you’re from.
I just had the opportunity to use the trick, and I saved 47% on an intra-Egypt flight.
I’m going to spend a week in Egypt in May, and I want to split the time between Luxor and Cairo. My fancy award tickets, which I’ll be writing about in the coming days, fly into Luxor and out of Cairo, so I’ve just got to get myself from Luxor to Cairo on a separate ticket.
My first thought is always to book an award ticket, but in this case, it’s a very poor value.
United shows award space every day on the route, usually on multiple flights, but the price is 20,000 miles in economy and 35,000 in business–steep for a one hour flight.
These segments might be very useful as part of a larger award, but I’m not spending 20,000 miles on what turned out to be a sub-$100 flight.
Paid Ticket Search
I headed to kayak.com to check out the price of a paid ticket, which was $112.
That’s not terrible, and certainly better than 20,000 miles, but I wondered if a fake location would make the flight cheaper.
I went to egyptair.com and selected Egypt as my country and English as my language.
It’s nice that Egyptair lets you pick English/Egpyt. Some sites put you into the native language if you choose the airline’s home country. In that case, using the Google Chrome browser to automatically translate is helpful.
Searching the exact same dates on egyptair.com “from Egypt” brought much cheaper results than my Kayak search “from the United States.” (In fact, I was in Argentina for both.)
Luxor to Cairo priced out at 422 Egyptian Pounds, about $59.
I selected my ideal flight and paid with my Citi ThankYou® Premier Card because it has no foreign transaction fees. In my Citi account, the charge shows as $59.16, a 47% discount on what someone who didn’t know the fake-location trick would have paid.
I’m sure I’ll find plenty of ways to spend the $53 I saved on my trip!
Have you used the “fake location” trick before for big savings?
Full explanation of the trick with examples and uses: Book Tickets from Fake Location to Save Money