Be careful with the timing of your booking
Dates are critical when planning a trip. Booking airline tickets in advance is often advantageous. The greater the time separation between the time of purchase and the time of travel, the cheaper it will be. The same is true if you wait until the last minute. For airlines, an empty seat is money lost. Therefore, seats that have not been sold until the last minute will enjoy a sort of discount.
Even so, check the calendar when organising your holiday. Flying to a city where there is a major sporting event, a large concert or some other special event will make travel more expensive.
The beginning of the month also tends to see higher demand for flights. People have been paid during these days and are less reluctant to spend money. And, although it may seem otherwise, the day of purchase is also important. Tuesday and Wednesday are the best days to buy a plane ticket.
Basically, if you are not in a hurry when making a purchase, try letting it sit in your cart. Pricing algorithms don't like it when transactions are not completed, so some message will pop up indicating that there are items in the cart.
If you still prove to be stoic, it is likely that our half-bought product will experience a price reduction. In this way, the shops or airlines try to check if the purchase is finalised.
Don't be swayed by pop-up messages either. It has been proven that showing potential buyers messages indicating low availability or that there are several users looking at the same product causes a feeling of distress that leads to a more impulsive purchase than it should.
Even smartphone model influences prices
Dynamic pricing algorithms are aware of every detail. Among the information provided to different websites when browsing from a smartphone is the smartphone model. The systems analyse the models and, depending on whether it is a high-end or low-end device, will adapt the price. The same goes for the battery: the lower the battery at the time of the visit, the higher the price. This is why it is important that whenever a major purchase is to be made, it should always be done from a computer.
Those who have enough time and want to 'play' with the algorithm can try different strategies. Perhaps a user can spend weeks browsing different websites that do not appeal to them or looking for trips to places they are not going to go. This way, when you proceed to search for your real destination, the algorithm will not be sufficiently trained to counterattack with its price hikes.
Because of course, the algorithm learns fast and tries to play the cards in its favour. But there is no tougher opponent than a user with enough time and all the tools at his disposal.
Enjoy your holidays, if you manage to book them in time.