Is the more you search online for a flight,the more the price will rise.Is this true?
I have been told if you keep searching for the same travel destination, the price will go up b/c the internet companies like expedia think the demand is high. is this true? I am traveling from Pittsburgh to Nashville. My package has increased $100 overnight. I checked a bunch of sites for the best price before i could decide which i one i wanted to go with. should i stop searching for awhile and try in a couple of days? will it go back down?
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Some travel booking sites use "cookies" to track how often you check prices on a particular route or for a particular itinerary. They can then show you a more expensive flight to try to force a booking--making you think that you better book before it goes up even more. Solution: clear your internet cache and cookies. Next, realize that it might legitimately be sold out for one or more parts of your itinerary. If one of the flight legs just sold out at the lowest fare, then you've been bumped up to the next-level, and that might be all that's availble. Solution: get up early tomorrow morning and book it. Airlines dump unpaid reservations at midnight. If you've been reserving seats (entering your name, but no credit card info) then those seats are reserved for you, and won't be dumped until midnight. That could be why availability is gone, and they're showing you the next-cheapest available. But if I was you, I'd clear cache and cookies, check it again, if it's still high, try it first thing tomorrow morning.
Just about every Airline has invested in a revenue management system. These systems track passed activities such as demand on certain days, and time of day. The different prices is filed in booking classes and the history each flight will determine if the lowest of airfares will be made available or not. The fact that you keep searching for the same flight will not necessary increase the demand but once the demand for the same flight increase, Revenue Management will redefine the flight profile and close the lower prices. The same flight may come down in price again if the projected loadfactor indicate that the flight will not be sold out. OK, catch 22 situation. You can take a chance and wait to see if cheaper seats will become available again but you also have the risk that the demand increases further and the price will rise again.