Get cheaper flights around the world by booking using a VPN!?
Recently we caught wind of an article on gizmodo about a guy getting great discounts on flights by using a VPN and while these examples took place in domestic America we wondered how and if it would be show anything with international travel So, we put the theory to the test.
Sydney to LA Return
Using the example booking return flights from Sydney Kingsford Smith Airport to Los Angeles LAX
We chose the random dates of departure that turned out to be 4/6/2015 and to return on 29/6/2015 1 adult was selected.
Once we established that we hooked up the VPN provided by IPVanish and connected to some servers in Canada, France/Italy the United States and England to get pricing and the results are interesting to say the least.
Our baseline flight price without using a vpn using the Australian Kayak website showed the return fare at $1088.
CAD – $1100 Current Exchange rate in AUD – $1150
EUR – 760€ Current Exchange rate in AUD – $1074 AUD
USD – $911 Current Exchange rate in AUD – $1154.80 AUD
GBP – £568 Current Exchange rate in AUD – $1110 AUD
If you book your flight with a VPN based out of Canada or the United States and pay with the local currency of the website– there are savings to be had.
Winner: Sydney to LA in CAD
Loser: Sydney to LA with EUR
London to Dubai
We decided to try a different route to see what results that may yield and we decided upon Londons Heathrow Airport return to Dubai. The random dates we selected were to depart on the 4th of August and return on 26th of August again, it was for a lone passenger.
The base line AUD Price was $848
GBP – £402 Current Exchange rate in AUD – $785.60
USD – $695 Current Exchange rate in AUD – $881
Canadian Dollar – $842 Current Exchange rate in AUD – $880.50
Euro – 581€ Current Exchange rate in AUD – $820.42
Cheapest – Book the flight using a VPN in Britain or Europe will save you. In fact close to $100 if you’re in in Canada. This result made sense, at least in the way that the country of origin is cheapest to book out of.
Even still if you’re in the United States or Canada- you’ll save by using a VPN in Europe and paying with Euros or British Pounds.
Loser: Heathrow to Dubai in CAD
Winner: Heathrow to Dubai in GBP
The Foreign exchange trading industry is massive and way too complicated for me to understand but we do find it strange that depending on what country you’re in can have a fairly significant impact on the price you’ll pay for the exact same flight.
We wrote an article in April about price differences when shopping online using a VPN and it seems like the trend continues with flights. I mean, we all have to take into account the time value we spend when we go looking for bargains but if we can save $80 per person for an international flight and you’re taking a family for a holiday. it makes sense to use a VPN and save.
We’re going to keep looking into this trend and see just how far the rabbit hole goes.
Until then, use a VPN it saves you in more ways than one.
Exchange rates at time of publishing 11/05/2015
- 1 Euro equals
- 1.41 Australian Dollar
- 1 Canadian Dollar equals
- 1.05 Australian Dollar
- 1 US Dollar equals
- 1.27 Australian Dollar
- 1 British Pound equals
- 1.95 Australian Dollar